Monday, August 21, 2017

Living DNA

My Living DNA results are in one month early. I have been especially interested in the mapping of my family in the British Isles since my father and three of my four grandparents were born in the British Isles as were their ancestors for many generations back as far as I am able to determine. My fourth grandparent's father was born in the British Isles and his mother's parents were both born in the British Isles. Indeed all of them were born in England itself and managed to have ancestry in a number of different counties including Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, East Riding of Yorkshire, Cumberland and Berkshire. A dozen counties in all so the application of the Peoples of the British Isles Project to my DNA could not be resisted. I have another test for one of my brothers and he and I are the least alike across the family so his results will also be very very interesting especially in comparison to my own.

Given the counties known to me, the following areas showed up in my DNA:

British Isles
South Central England                                31.7%
Central England                                          14.6%
Devon                                                          14.6%
Southeast England                                         7.2%
South Yorkshire                                             5.4%
Southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland     4.8%
Northumbria                                                   4.0%
Northwest England                                         3.5%
North Yorkshire                                              3.5%
South England                                                2.7%
Aberdeenshire                                                2.5%
Lincolnshire                                                   3.5%

Europe (North and West)
Scandinavia                                                    3.5%

Were there any surprises? Looking at the results probably the amount of Scot/Irish ancestry was surprising. I already suspected Scot ancestry although think it is quite ancient coming to Ireland in the 1600s with the movement of the Planters to Northern Ireland from Ayrshire/Argyllshire. My mitochondrial DNA looking at the Blood of the Isles Database has matches in the Ayrshire/Argyllshire area. There are a number of matches in Northern Ireland for my mitochondrial DNA as well as movement to the Americas by the 1772 migration from County Antrim to the Carolinas. My own line likely made its way to England from Northern Ireland to the Midlands where my great grandmother Ellen Taylor (my mtDNA line) was born and is somewhat of a brick wall. The results were very illuminating in that regard as they verified my thoughts on that mitochondrial line although they are in truth autosomal results only! I would expect to inherit 12.5% from this great grandmother and the combination of Southwest Scotland and Northern Ireland and Aberdeenshire constitute 7.3% (but Ellen was born in Birmingham to parents not yet firmly documented by me so I would only be looking at half of her ancestry with these thoughts in mind). Does the Scandinavian portion belong to Ellen Taylor; if yes, then the total would increase to 10.8%. The mutations attributed to my mtDNA include the thought that the trek of my ancient female ancestral line was through the Scandinavian Peninsula to Scotland from their resting spot in the Ukrania refuge during the last glacial maximum. It is hard to believe that that is the source of the Scandinavian DNA! but anything is possible with DNA.

My Buller family is known to have lived in Surrey which is Southeast England but also in the Midlands where my great grandfather Edwin Denner Buller was born (he married Ellen Taylor mentioned above). I am also suspicious that this Buller family may also have roots in the Yorkshire area hence helping to explain the large percentages mentioned in the paragraph below. I would expect to inherit 12.5% from this grandfather and the combination of Southeast England 7.25%, a portion of the Midlands (Central England) could be attributed to this line for sure and perhaps some Yorkshire which remains to be determined. Even the Lincolnshire portion could belong to this family. Linking my known 3x great grandfather Christopher Buller back to any particular Buller line is England has not yet occurred!

The North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire ancestry fits in well with my known Gray family which has its center in the areas around and north of Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The Sproxton family is perhaps my link back to North Yorkshire. Lincolnshire is to the south of the East Riding of Yorkshire and included in my thoughts on the Gray family. In total the three areas constitute 12.4% of my ancestry as depicted in this analysis. Grace Gray was my great grandmother (and her parents were Robert Gray from Etton, East Riding of Yorkshire and Elizabeth Mary Ann Routledge from Bewcastle, Cumberland) and I would expect to have inherited from her about 12.5% but this would include the DNA from her parents who each contribute 6.25%. Could I have inherited only DNA from the Gray family? Interesting thought actually although my matches tell me that I have inherited from the Routledge family as well.There does appear to be a lot of Northern England though including the portion Northwest England 3% which I will mention later.

The Devon is of course my 2x great grandfather John Pincombe who emigrated to Canada in 1850/51 with his wife (Elizabeth Rew of Selworthy Somerset) and their five children including my great grandfather William Robert Pincombe who married Grace Gray (my first Canadian born ancestor) and parents to my grandfather John Routledge Pincombe also born in Canada and my second Canadian born ancestor. His daughter, my mother, is my third Canadian born ancestor. According to these results I have inherited 14.6% Devon ancestry compared to the expected 12.5% from a great grandfather (William Robert Pincombe). I know that I have inherited from Elizabeth Rew (my 2x great grandmother from Selworthy Somerset) as I have matches with descendants of her siblings. But I am suspicious that her family also had roots in Devon. However a certain percentage of the South Central England would be attributed to Elizabeth Rew's contribution to my ancestry.

This covers my mother's side of the family and now I am left with the remainder to attribute to my father's donation to my DNA.

My father's lines all appear to be within about 50 kilometres of Andover, Hampshire. His father's parents were from Upper Clatford, Hampshire and Turnworth, Dorset. His mother's parents were from Kimpton, Hampshire (her mother for sure and her father likely). The South Central England 31.7%, Central England 14.6% and South England 2.7% will all definitely contribute to this ancestry but portions of it belong to the Rew family of Somerset and the Buller/Taylor families of the Midlands. I need 50% of my ancestry though from my Father and the total of these three items is only 49% and parts of them do likely belong to my mother's side. Does my father's side have a contribution from somewhere unknown to me or another possibility exists as the Blake family that my father is descended from moved to the London/Surrey area in the 1600s so a portion of that could belong to this family simply because the DNA moved there! The Northwest England portion is interesting in that some of my father's Dorset lines moved to this area to work in the mills and perhaps they are also showing up there. A mystery though this Northwest England portion other than being my Routledge family although Northumbria covers Bewcastle somewhat better than Northwest England.

All in all, I am very impressed with this analysis. It has picked up my thoughts on my maternal grandmother's mother; that she was Irish and Scot before that and given substance to that idea. The analysis also provided me with more thoughts on my Buller ancestry (my maternal grandmother's father's line). the mother's line of this great grandfather is well known to me in the Midlands back into the 1600s. But the Buller family does have a mysterious side to it beyond my 3x great grandfather born possibly in the London/Surrey area around 1764 using his death certificate to pinpoint his year of birth with the forename Christopher which is not that common in the Buller family. My known family lines dating back six to ten generations or more in particular areas is definitely showing up as predicted by their paper trail.

I await the results of my brother's test as his Genetic Communities on Ancestry has both a south England portion and a Midlands portion. My Genetic Communites there has just a south England portion (as does my other brother's test at Ancestry). On my father's side this brother has very strong Blake matches unlike myself as I resemble my grandmother Blake with excellent Rawlings matches.

Would I recommend this test; absolutely, it is interesting to see the results of the Peoples of the British Isles Project being used in such a constructive way. If there is eventually matching that could prove to be very interesting as well.




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Arnold Family of Milton Abbas, Dorset

Recently a number of messages on a facebook website and later personal emails have left me with a few thoughts to ponder. Initially I had met the individual involved on the Dorset rootsweb mailing site (about ten years ago) and I had given to her my family tree as known to me for the Arnold family. In retrospect, I think she was just trying to get me to agree that a child born quite a bit later than the siblings of my Hannah Arnold was the illegitimate child of a younger sister of Hannah. I must admit that it crossed my mind but there really has never been any solid proof of that. Now with DNA it could certainly be proven or not as the case may be. My own line is as follows:

Myself, daughter of
Ernest Edward George Blake (b Eastleigh Hampshire England), son of
Samuel George Blake (b Upper Clatford Hampshire England), son of
Maria Jane Knight (b Turnworth Dorset England), daughter of
Louisa Butt (b Spetisbury Dorset England), daughter of
Hannah Arnold (b Winterborne Whitchurch Dorset England), daughter of
William Arnold (b Milton Abbas Dorset England), son of
John Arnold (b Milton Abbas Dorset England), son of
John Arnold (b Milton Abbas Dorset England), son of
James Arnold (b Milton Abbas Dorset England), son of
James Arnold

At that time the surname of William Arnold's wife was said to be Malton, Elizabeth Malton. Their marriage registration appears below:



It was this marriage registration that convinced me that the spelling of Elizabeth's surname was Molton. She has signed the marriage registration herself. Her husband William has also signed himself and he has managed to leave the d off of his surname. Nevertheless I believe that Elizabeth has given a hint to her ancestors with her signature.





Noting the "a" in Elizabeth and comparing it with the two vowels in the surname and I believe that these are both o's even though the priest has recorded the spelling of her name as Malton. I believe he is incorrect. I think we need to have our eyes open as we investigate our families. Her signature is clear and well formed like someone who writes often.

Because of her signature it was possible to find an Elizabeth Molton of Winterbourne Whitchurch (as mentioned in the registration). There isn't an Elizabeth Malton born in the correct time frame in this area. This was a brick wall for me before I found the marriage registration a few years ago.

Parents of Elizabeth appear to be William Molton (likely baptized 2nd August 1743 at Winterborne Whitchurch son of John Molton and Elizabeth Durden (married 12 Aug 1740 at Turnworth))  who married Sarah Seafear 5th January 1764 at Winterborne Clenstone. Sarah was buried 13th Jan 1799 at Winterborne Whitchurch. William Molton and Sarah (Seafear) Molton baptized five children all at Winterborne Whitchurch:

Thomas Molton baptized 11 Jun 1764 and buried 10th Feb 1765 at Winterborne Whitchurch
Elizabeth Molton baptized 20 Apr 1766
Stephen Molton baptized 12 Jan 1772
Jane Molton baptized 1 May 1774
William Molton baptized 7 Apr 1782

John Molton (likely baptized 20 Jul 1714 at Winterborne Whitchurch son of John and Elizabeth Molton) and Elizabeth Durden baptized the following children at Winterborne Whitchurch:

William Molton baptized 2 Aug 1743
Jane Molton baptized 2 Jun 1749
Robert Molton baptized 29 Nov 1753
John Molton baptized 18 Jan 1756

It is good to be helpful to each other in genealogy I think.



Monday, July 31, 2017

H11 Newsletter, Volume 1, Issue 3, 2017

H11 Newsletter

Table of Contents
1.    Background
2.    FT DNA Project
3.    Project Statistics
4.    Family Finder
5.    Upgrading of reports by FT DNA
6.    Recent publication – The Genetic History of Northern Europe, Mittnik et al
7.    Blood of the Isles Database – Dr. Bryan Sykes
8.    Genetic Genealogy in Practice, Blaine T Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

1.    FT DNA Project:
There are now 236 members in our H11 project. Full sequence results are completed on 208 members of the group. Interestingly 163 members of this group have also done Family Finder. Unfortunately it is not possible to visually look at the Family Finder results as that would compromise the privacy of individuals. However, you can look at your matches in Family Finder.

2.    Project Statistics (yDNA statistics removed):
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded      46
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups      16
Family Finder     163
Genographic 2.0 Transfers      18
Maternal Ancestor Information     203
mtDNA     219
mtDNA Full Sequence     208
mtDNA Plus     216
mtDNA Subgroups    22
Total Members    236
Unreturned Kits    8

3.    The latest release of the phylotree used by FT DNA was dated 18 Feb 2016:
H11 breakdown in the PhyloTree mt:




Within the study group we have members in every sub-haplogroup except H11a5 (and it can be seen in the chart above that the mutation C15040T marks this subgrouping).
http://www.phylotree.org/tree/R0.htm *

*van Oven M, Kayser M. 2009. Updated comprehensive phylogenetic tree of global human mitochondrial DNA variation. Hum Mutat 30(2):E386-E394. http://www.phylotree.org.
doi:10.1002/humu.20921

4.    National Geographic Project Update:

Branch: H11

Age: 10,800 +/- 7,300 Years Ago

Location of Origin: Europe

During the last glacial maximum members of this lineage took shelter in refugia within Europe. As the ice melted, these groups moved across Europe, resettling.

Today, this lineage is present most often in the Netherlands, where it is about 3% of maternal lineages. It comprises 2% of the population in Austria, Poland, and Denmark. Elsewhere in Europe, it is present in low frequencies around 1%. Note is also made that this branch is not accompanied by a major movement on their map and research on this branch is continuing.

Source: National Genographic Project

5.    Breakdown by subclade in the project including “resting spot” as noted by contributor:

H11: Sweden - 2, Scotland – 1, Norway – 1, Croatia – 1

H11-C16354T: Scotland – 1, Netherlands – 1

H11a-T152C: Norway – 3, Germany – 1

H11a: England 0 3, Estonia – 1, Sweden – 6, Ireland – 6, Italy – 1, Eastern Europe – 2, Scotland – 1, Finland – 4, France – 2, Norway – 1, Poland – 1, Russia – 2, Germany – 3

H11a1: Sweden – 6, Italy 1, Eastern Europe – 2, Scotland – 2, Finland – 9, Poland – 2, Lithuania – 2, Russia – 5, Germany – 4

H11a2: England – 2, Italy – 1, Eastern Europe – 2, Finland – 4, Greece – 1
H11a2a: Sweden – 4

H11a2a1: England – 4, Sweden – 1, Eastern Europe – 1, Russia – 2

H11a2a2: Finland – 2, Russia – 3, Poland – 3, Central Europe – 3

H11a2a3: Eastern Europe - 1, Lithuania -1

H11a3: No place of origin mentioned

H11a6: No place of origin mentioned

H11a7: England – 1, Ireland – 1, Scotland – 1

H11a8: England – 1, France – 1,

H11b: Lithuania – 1

H11b1: Sweden – 1, Eastern Europe – 1, Poland – 2, Russia – 1, Germany 3, Serbia – 1

An interesting way to look at the material in each project. Looking at the results it does perhaps give assistance to those still looking for the location from which their ancestor may have traveled in the case of people in the Western Hemisphere but nearly half of the members of our project live in Europe. I think the project will need to be much larger to really give any geographic location for particular subclades. 

Any submissions to this newsletter can be submitted to Elizabeth Kipp (kippeeb@rogers.com).

Monday, July 3, 2017

Blake Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 3, 2017



Blake Newsletter  Volume 6, Issue 3, 2017
Table of Contents
1.   Blake Surname Study - Progress
2.   Blake DNA Study at FT DNA
3.   Andover, Hampshire, England Parish Registers
4.   Galway Blake family yDNA study

1.   Blake Surname Study – Progress

I continue working on the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills (and some from different County Record Offices) but have had a short hiatus due to the OGS Conference 2017 which was a great success. I will be returning to blogging wills very shortly. I have had a number of interesting emails querying various Blake lines which I have not yet attended to but hope to do that again in the next couple of weeks. I appreciate your emails but they sometimes take me a while to answer as I know most about my own Blake line in Andover Hampshire. 

2.   Blake DNA Study at FT DNA

The Blake DNA study continues to attract new members but does need to grow considerably larger before it will benefit the members of the study. I will try to write up the results of this study in a way that protects everyone’s anonymity but does make some use of the interesting results that are arising. (https://www.familytreedna.com/public/blake?iframe=yresults)

I do need to have a family tree to go with new members and would mention that here. I will not share your trees with others unless you specifically give me such consent. In the next issue I will have more to write about the yDNA study although it is still too small to really draw any strong conclusions except on a very limited basis. 

3.   Andover, Hampshire, England Parish Registers

Andover, Hampshire, England has often been said to be the “home of the Blakes” when I have been writing to people in Hampshire through the years. When I decided to transcribe the Parish Registers of Andover I was surprised to find that yes there are a number of Blake entries but there are far more Blake entries in Parish Registers in other parts of England. I will begin publishing the Blake family records in the Andover Parish Registers in this Newsletter with this issue (baptisms, with marriages and burials to follow). These records are taken from fiche which have scans of the original parish registers. The registers for baptism begin in 1589 and have provided me with a lot of details on the Blake family in Andover in the late 1500s.
Surname
Forename
status
M Surname
M Forename
F Surname
F Forename
Year
Month
Day
Comments
Blake
Eliner
daughter
Blake
Ritchard


1589
May
23

Blake

daughter
Blake
Roberd


1589
May
31

Blake

daughter
Blake
Ritchard


1592
April
25

Blake

son
Blake
John


1592
April
29

Blake
Roberd
son
Blake
Roberd


1593
July
28

Blake
Ritchard
son
Blake
Ritchard


1593
September
30

Blake
….e
son
Blake
John


1594
November
23

Blake
Peter
son
Blake
Ritchard


1596
July
25

Blake
John
son
Blake
John


1596
August
24
of Pewsie
Blake
Joan
daughter
Blake
John


1596
October
17

Blake
Augustine
son
Blake
John


1598
December
19

Blake

son
Blake
Ritchard


1598
February
21

Blake
Roberd
son
Blake
John


1600
March
14

Blake
John
son
Blake
Ritchard


1601
October
25

Blake
Peter
son
Blake
John


1603
April
11

Blake
Nicholas
son
Blake
Richard


1603
March
8

Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
Thomas


1607
May
3

Blake
Richard
son
Blake
William


1608
November
21
Junior
Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
William


1610
March
10

Blake
Joane
daughter
Blake
William


1612
October
16

Blake
Anne
daughter
Blake
Mr. William

1614
April


Blake
Dorothy
daughter
Blake
John


1615
August
8

Blake
William
son
Blake
Mr. William

1615
August
9

Blake
Sara
daughter
Blake
Mr. William

1617
May
11

Blake
Peter
son
Blake
William


1619
April
6

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
Mr. William

1620
November
12

Blake
Nicholas
son
Blake
Mr. William

1620
November
12

Blake


Blake
Robert


1620
February
22

Blake
John
son
Blake
Henry


1622
May
4

Blake
Martha
daughter
Blake
Mr. William

1622
October
13

Blake
Rebecca
daughter
Blake
John


1623
February
24

Blake
John
son
Blake
Mr. William

1624
November
1

Blake
Nicholas
son
Blake
Mr. William

1625
February
25
of Eastown
Blake
Jone
daughter
Blake
Robertt


1626
July
1
of Fox.tt
Blake
Dority
daughter
Blake
William


1627
November
14
of Woodhouse
Blake
William
son
Blake
Mr. William

1629
April
9
of Estowntown
Blake
John
son
Blake
Edward


1630
September
19
of Foxcot
Blake
Dorothy
daughter
Blake
Peeter


1630
February
10

Blake
Peetter
son
Blake
Mr. William

1631
June
5
of Eastowntown
Blake
Peeter
son
Blake
Edward


1632
June
25

Blake
Dorothy
daughter
Blake
Richard


1633
September
24

Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
Edward


1633
March
19
of Foxcott
Blake
Jane
daughter
Blake
Mr. William

1634
November
18

Blake
William
son
Blake
Richard


1634
January
6

Blake

daughter
Blake
Richard


1636
August
2

Blake
Sara
daughter
Blake
Richard


1637
July
13

Blake
Nicholos
son
Blake
Mr. William

1637
August
1

Blake

daughter
Blake
"old" Mr. William

1639
October
10

Blake
Ann
daughter
Blake
Mr. Richard

1639
March
10

Blake
William
son
Blake
Richard


1643
Jul
24

Blake
Rebecka
daughter
Blake
John


1644
June
22

Blake
John
son
Blake
Mr. William

1644
August
22
Senior Essenton
Blake
Joseph
son
Blake
Mr. Richard

1644
November
14

Blake
Joana
daughter
Blake
Robert


1645
July
1

Blake
William
son
Blake
Mr. William

1647
August
9
baptized at Penton home
Blake
John
son
Blake
Mr. William

1649
May
10
of Penton
Blake
Bridgatt
daughter
Blake
Mr. William

1649
September
baptized in West Penton house  [not infant]
Blake


Blake
Mr. William

1655
September
8
Essinton
Blake
William
son
Blake
William


1657
January
29
W Penton
Blake
Thomas
son
Blake
John


1661
May
3

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
William


1664
June
6
Foxcote
Blake
Ann
daughter
Blake
William


1665
March
26

Blake
Peeter
son
Blake
Mr. Peeter

1666
March
27

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
Mr. Peeter

1667
August
27

Blake
Sarah
daughter
Blake
Peeter


1669
April
24

Blake
Robert
son
Blake
Richard


1671
July
11

Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
Richard


1676
February
21

Blake
William
son
Blake
Mr. Richard

1682
July
11

Blake
John
son
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1684
February
6

Blake
Thomas
son
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1685
February
21

Blake
Margaret
daughter
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1687
January
8

Blake
John
son
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1689
December
16

Blake
Richard
son
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1691
November
23

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1693
January
8

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
Mr. Robert
Elizabeth
1695
May
3

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1695
October
27

Blake
Sarah
daughter
Blake
Robert

Elizabeth
1696
March
10

Blake
William
son
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1698
January
9

Blake
Lydea
daughter
Blake
Mr. Robert
Elizabeth
1699
April
25

Blake
Joannah
daughter
Blake
Robert

Elizabeth
1700
February
12

Blake
Ann
daughter
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1701
August
22

Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
Robert

Elizabeth
1702
December
21

Blake
Joseph
son
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1702
March
24

Blake
Richard
son
Blake
Mr. Robert
Elizabeth
1704
July
17

Blake
Ann
daughter
Blake
John

Elizabeth
1706
March
29

Blake
Hannah
daughter
Blake
Mr. Robert
Elizabeth
1706
June
10

Blake
Thomas
son
Blake
Thomas

Mary
1709
May
4

Blake
James
son
Blake
Mr. Robert
Elizabeth
1710
April
17

Blake
Edward
son
Blake
Robert

Elizabeth
1711
August
12
in private and brought to Church September the 22nd
Blake
Thomas
son
Blake
Robert

Elizabeth
1714
July
2

Blake
Jane
daughter
Blake
Robert

Elizabeth
1717
July
22

Blake
John
son
Blake
John

Mary
1727
November
19

Blake
Robert
son
Blake
John

Mary
1729
November
15

Blake
Joseph
son
Blake
thomas

Ann
1730
October
21

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
John

Mary
1730
January
25

Blake
Thomas
son
Blake
Thomas


1734
September
19

Blake
Ann
daughter
Blake
Joseph

Mary
1735
August
14

Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
Joseph

Elizabeth
1738
April
17

Blake
Moses
son
Blake
John

Frances
1738
September
8

Blake
James
son
Blake
Edward

Ann
1740
November
25

Blake
Nanny
daughter
Blake
Richard

Ann
1742
March
23

Blake
William
son
Blake
Joseph

Mary
1744
October
29

Blake
Mary
daughter
Blake
William

Mary
1746
March
11

Blake
Betty
daughter
Blake
John

Mary
1747
October
7

Blake
Abraham
bastard son

Blake
Mary
1749
March
27

Blake
Ann
daughter
Blake
William

Mary
1749
December
20

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
Joseph

Mary
1750
September
28

Blake
Elizabeth
daughter
Blake
William

Mary
1752
January
22

Blake
Isaac Leeds
son


Blake
Mary
1754
September
4
reputed father John Leeds
Blake
William
son
Blake
William

Mary
1754
October
10



4.   The Galway Blake Family yDNA study

I had intended to do a writeup on the Galway Blake Family yDNA Study but time has once again escaped me. I will attempt to do that for the October Issue. Gardening will be winding down, the sun sets earlier so hopefully I will find the time to work on the writeup. Apologies for that delay.

Elizabeth Kipp, kippeeb@rogers.com
 
Member #4600: Guild of one name studies