Hello. I know from my ethnicity estimates (both FTDNA and Ancestry) that my core is British- 93%, with 6% Scandinavian. The number/percentage of my ancestors that were in the Colonies by the mid-1700s amazes me. Outside of a near-certain NPE of my paternal grandmother’s birth, so far every researched line was (here) by 1769. I’ve known for 12 years that I have ‘Celt genes’ at the core of both my paternal and maternal lines; I picked-up gene C282Y from each, and as-such ended-up with Hereditary Hemochromatosis, aka ‘the Celtic Curse’ and ‘iron overload’. I know my paternal line is the result of an NPE 100 years ago with the birth of my paternal grandfather (yes, the husband of the potential NPE I mentioned just 3 lines ago….. LOL) that my YDNA is not Thacker; it is Swift. Back to the members of the Flower Swift Militia Company, and then back to Norton St. Philip in Somerset. My mother has tested with Ancestry, and I’ve also uploaded her results (here). She is 54% Brit, 34% West Europe, 8% Irish, then touch of Scandinavian and Asia (that is likely the source of my Denisovan DNA).
Anyway, what has been most interesting is see the results of my mtDNA matches. A new one arrived today, and it’s yet another from the heart of Wiltshire, home of Stonehenge, Avebury Standing Stones, Silbury Hill, and Woodhenge. I know the 1400-1500s window is nowhere near ‘ancient’, but considering the testing that showed Cheddar Man had mtDNA ‘relatives’ living in the same area yet today, I think it all paints a pretty neat picture of my ancient ancestry. And I LOVE it. I couldn’t be any more proud than being of British Ancestry.
Having read these posts about locating kin in England - a few general thoughts: test for atDNA matches across a few providers - Ancestry and FTDNA attract British testers, and remember LDNA are promising a matching facility sometime soon. For Y recent matches (past few hundred years) 67 or better 111 STR at FTDNA. Check surname and variants groups and if you have an area of interest, check if there's a webpage for the town or village - you can usually post notices which might hook something. If you do get serious bites, consider a trip sometime to get an actual look at the Parish registers, and visit National Archives at Kew, London. Not everything is on-line. (I had an 'aha' moment when I saw the list of parish excommunicated individuals in the same month as an NPE - that page wasn't copied into the on-line Births document). Oh, and be careful what you wish for - you may indeed find you are related to this lot:
My FamilyTree DNA test results resulted in a new Haplogroup that contains both my results and two Singletons. The Haplogroup is defined as BY2574.
Cascading down from Z255 to L159 to ZZ7_1, Haplogroup BY2574 shares BY2573 with a Byrne and a Brabazon as shown on THE BIG TREE Chart for R-ZZ7.
Thanks to the wonderful work of Alex Williamson, those who take FamilyTree DNA’s Big Y Test are able to see where their haplogroup “stands” in a broader DNA Tree. http://www.ytree.net/DisplayTree.php?blockID=132
As a result, a Singleton and I were able to make email contact with eachother to establish an historical/genealogical nexus with DNA testing. Both families appear in English History during the 12th century in the Chartulary of Cockersand, Vol. I, Part II, p.263 states that Huck de Singleton was born c1100 at Little Singleton, Kirkham, Lancashire and died in Broughton, Preston, Lancashire sometime after 1170.
Three generations later, Huck’s grandson, Robert de Singleton, had a son named Richard (circa 1204) who purchased land in the village of Cottam and thus changed his surname to Cottam and became Richard de Cottam. “Geoffrey de Glazebrook and Edith his wife released to Richard de Cottam an oxgang of land in Bilsborrow in 1227.” Final Conc. (Rec. Soc. Lancs, and Ches.), i, 47.
R-ZZ7 separates into haplogroups as detailed in Big Tree data for R-ZZ7 (above). The Big Tree data for R-ZZ7 above shows two Singletons and a single Cotton under R-BY2574 with a single Byrne under R-BY2573. Yet, R-ZZ7 is dominated by the Irish O’ Byrne Clan descended from Bran mac Málmórda, King of Leinster, of the Uí Faelain. The single Byrne in haplogrop R-BY2573 is Irish while the two Singletons and single Cotton in haplogroup R-BY2574 are English. As I am the single Cotton sharing haplogroup R-BY2574 with two Singleton cousins, I cannot help but be curious as to how and why our Irish DNA journeyed across the Irish Sea. Surprisingly, the answer appears that they were taken to across the Irish Sea with Vikings fleeing Dublin.
The Viking Kingdom of Dublin was established in Ireland in the mid-9th century. Early in the 10th century, however, a united Irish force from the Kingdoms of Brega and Leinster drove the Viking King Ímar ua Ímair and his warlord, Ingimundr, out of Dublin in 902AD. Ingimundr fled across the Irish Sea to the Wirral Peninsula in the far north of the Kingdom of Mercia between Wales and The Dane Law. King Ímar ua Ímair led his followers to Scotland where he confronted Constantine, King of the Picts, and was eventually defeated by Constantine at Strath Erenn. In 917, Ímar ua Ímair returned to Dublin and defeated the armies of Leinster. Ingimundr and his followers settled on the Wirral Peninsula between the Dee and Mersey estuaries and may have struck a deal with Æthelflæd, Lady of the Mercians and daughter of Alfred the Great, to safeguard the surrounding region from Viking raids. A study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution in February 2008 shows that up to 50% of men on the Wirral Peninsula are of Scandinavian ancestry.
The Viking’s were notorious for capturing slaves and a large number of Irish slaves must have accompanied Ingimundr when he fled Dublin for the Wirral Peninsula in 902- including the ancestor of the Singleton/Cotton haplogroup R-BY2574. In Ireland, the King of Leinster, "Braen mac Máelmórda” was deposed in 1018 and the ClanO’Byrne was established. The time period between the Wirral Peninsula migration and the establishment of the O'Byrne line is about 100 years and coincides with the approximate separation of Singleton/Cotton haplogroup R-BY2574 from the older Irish O'Byrne haplogroup R-BY2573.
The The Lancashire Chartulary, Series XX. Charter No. II (A.D. 1153-1160 Stephen to Henry II) contains the first historical mention of the surname “Singleton” as Ughtred, son of Huck de Singleton, of the village of Broughton in Amounderness. Just north of the Wirral Peninsula is what is now Lancashire. Historically it was divided into the Six Hundreds of Lancashire and included the Amounderness Hundred that was strategically important in the 10th century in the Dublin-York (Jórvík) axis of power. The towns of Singleton and Cottam existed in 10th century Amounderness and still lie just north of Preston in Lancashire.
I would greatly appreciate comment by anyone from Lancashire who might be able to shed light on the migration of R-ZZ7 DNA from Ireland to Lancashire.
This is my great grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Brown, born in 1844 to Richard Gibson and Rhebecca (Moore) Brown in Rock Island County, IL. Thought I'd share in the hopes of someone saying, Hey, that looks just like my ancestor ____ Unfortunately, after 2+ decades of searching, we
Happy to be apart of this project! Gedmatch# A353901