Phelps/Felps DNA Project
What have we discovered through DNA testing?
The four traditional Phelps lines of New England were not biologically related in recent historical times. There is no biological relationship between William and George Phelps of early New England. Three southern lines, previously considered unrelated, are definitely biologically related and have a common ancestor: the lines of James Phelps d 1786 Caswell Co, NC; Thomas Phelps d 1751 Albemarle, VA; and Thomas Felps d 1759 Baltimore Co., Md. Their haplogroup is a rare E1a. It is now evident that the James Phelps of Gates Co, NC line is not related to the Nicholas Phelps line of Perquimans Co. Y-DNA does not support it nor has any solid paper trail research concluded the likelihood. DNA testing also shows that the Phelps who may trace back to Tyrrell Co, NC are not related to the Phelps of Gates Co. Of course there may be untested lines in both counties. None of the tested southern Phelps were ydna related to the New England Phelps. We now know there are several totally different biological Phelps lines with origins in VA, MD, and NC. We may pay for Y-DNA tests of certain Phelps whose ancestries are of interest to current Y-DNA members. Those include any Phelps with no ancestors living in the U.S. and several southern Phelps lines.
The Y-DNA marker values of the tested members may be viewed by clicking "Y-DNA Results". Each test kit is identified by the earliest known Phelps ancestor. They are grouped by close matching ydna values, indicating a common ancestor in recent times.