Whitten/Whidden Surname DNA Project
As of June 2012, four groups have been identified by this project to have a > 99% probability of sharing a common patrilineal ancestor since the adoption of surnames.
Group A: Established circa
1662 in New Hampshire by Samuel and John Whidden. Results are consistent with previously-documented genealogy among the four members of this group, but these results cannot determine whether they were an uncle and nephew or, as family lore states, brothers.
Group B: One member of this group is a known descendent of a line established in 1635 in Virginia by John Whiddon.
Group C: Two members of this group are descended from William Whitten, who lived in North Carolina. A third Whitten, who cannot trace any connection to NC, has an exact 12-marker match with this group.
Group D: Additional information is needed about the Wittens in this group.
All members of this project are encouraged to join Y-DNA haplogroup projects in order to learn more about their deep ancestry.
Group A is a member of haplogroup R-DF13 (which has been estimated to comprise 90-95% of haplogroup R-L21). This group is negative for all SNPs tested thus far below R-DF13 and has not been identified as a member of any cluster by the R-L21 Project
Group B is a predicted member of haplogroup I-M423 and is likely a member of either the I-M423-Isles-A1 or I-M423-Isles-A2 clusters (using the nomenclature of the Y-Haplogroup I2a Project
). A 67-marker test can clarify which one of those two clusters Group B fits within.
Group C does not fit any any known cluster within R-M269 at the 37- or 67- marker levels; a Deep Clade SNP test will clarify the deep ancestry of this group.
Group D is a predicted member of haplogroup I-M223. Without a 67-marker test, this group cannot be reliably assigned to one of the clusters defined by the I-M223 Y-Haplogroup Project
Kit 103675 is a member of the 1030-A-Sc-24* (also known as the "R1b Scottish") cluster within haplogroup R-L21. Testing by other members of this cluster has confirmed that it is DF13+ and negative for all-non private SNPs tested below R-DF13. If tested, this kit has a low probability (≈ 5%) of being L743+.
Mitochondrial DNA Results
All members of this project with mtDNA results are encouraged to join the relevant mitochondrial DNA project for their haplogroup. Good luck in finding maternal cousins. Its been done and the more people that get tested the better the chances. If you can get cousins known to be related tested that is even better. Several Whitten/Whidden/Wittens have had mtDNA tests done, including two Full Genome Sequence tests; though two of them are haplogroup U5, none are close enough to be related.