“Rory, I need a lot help here. So my 4th great grandfather is not a Cain. I have found evidence that his Ephraim who was married to a Rebecca McDaniel was married by a minister of the methodist church in Pulaski County Kentucky by the name of Seburn Crutchfiefd and recorded at the clerks office of Pulaski County . The names of the couple where Ephraim McCain and Rebecca McDaniel on the 9th day of March 1828. There is no evidence that this is William's Ephraim but I like to think it is and gives me confidence in the Big Y linking me to other McCains. How do I go about finding William Cain/McCain's parents? William had a son Ephraim my third great grandfather. There was also Ephraim McCane listed in 1830 Pulaski County census. William lived in Pulaski and Russell counties (they border each other) from 1810 to 1860 plus or minus. Ephraim was neighbor some of the time.”
July 12 @ 1:45pm
*Hello All: I descend from 2 separate KEENE lines. On my dad's male line, we go back to 1700s Johnston Co NC (George KEEN & 2nd wife Catherine GOODRICH), George died 1797. Ydna shows a match with a male from Canada who goes back to Wiltshire England, James/Jacob CAINES); and a match with a male from Australia, to a KEYNES man, from the same James/Jacob Caines in 1700s Wiltshire. THEN: My mother has a KEENE line from Colonial MD KEENE's, that are from Suffolk England. They are in Dorchester MD in 1500/1600s, back to THOS KEENE & Elizabeth GOSNOLD (related to Jamestown Founder, Capt Bartholomew GOSNOLD). This line goes back thru Naunton, Wingfield, Vere, to King Edward I. *Anyone else from either of these 2 lines?* My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 8 @ 8:59pm
Honor(a) "Annie" Cain is my 2nd great grandmother, born around 1858 in Corofin Parish, County Galway. Her parents were John and Mary Nolan Cain. We have been unable to trace back any further than my 3rd great grandfather, John Cain.
While I realize this group is focused on finding the furthest ancestor, information I have on my family indicates there is not a living male Cain ancestor who could do a Big Y test to garner additional information. I am hoping by posting here I may connect with someone with information that might help me get through this brick wall.
July 3 @ 10:58am
Hello! I'm hoping to find some information. Is anyone here a Kane from Massachusetts or do you descend from a Kane from Massachusetts and/or a Cain/Kane from Newfoundland? My great-grandfather was John Edward Kane, born in Acton MA in 1880 while his parents Edward Kane and Anne Conway were born in the 1850s in the Renews area of Newfoundland. I seem to have hit a few dead ends I'd like to sort out and I'd also love to know where in Ireland they came from and when. Thanks!
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July 2 @ 11:02am
“Rory my final results have come in. I came in at RFGC31787. Instead of answering my question of who William Cain my 4th great grandfather is but who is he. Looks like he is not the grandchild of Nicholas Cain. On another matter there is a Arthur Bernard Cain in my matches. Going by our family trees he is my 4th cousin. We share the same 3rd great grandfather. By my count that is 5 generations back. Going by the Y DNA Tip report the chances of us sharing the same relative at 6 generations back is 29.72%. That doesn't look very accurate to me. Any opinion on this?”
June 29 @ 2:22pm
This falls into the category of what to do when you are sitting at home because of the Coronavirus.
I spent some time looking at names and septs tied to the O’Cathain’s of Ulster. Besides the McHenry’s and McCloskey’s, the only name I found that had a legendary and YDNA link was the Murray’s. They evidently formed off of O’Cathain’s a little before the McCloskey’s.
With respect to two names tied to O’Cathain, this is what I found.
McMullan (O'Maolain): Feedback from others is that the exact descent of the McMullan’s is unknown, but believed to be from Conchobar or his brothers.
• A review of the McMullen – McMullen (Mac Maolain) Project STR/SNP data show no such relationship. Most of the McMullan DNA data are scattered all over the place with many U 106. Those that are M222, have lineage ties older than S588, thus nowhere near a descent from Concohbar or his brothers.
• A review of the Mullin Project (which was originally set up for a search of a specific family group) shows one Mullins with a match at FGC 65688. While there are few SNP results, there are a number of individuals categorized M222. Those in the M222 category, that have SNP tests, are listed as DF 105 and are in haplogroups parallel to S588.
Buchanan: From John O’Hart’s “Irish Pedigrees; or the Origin and Stem of the Irish Nation” – “Conn Cionntach O’Cahan son of Dermod; first to assume this surname, had a brother named Annselan, … who was the ancestor of O’Bocainain anglicized Buchanan. This Annselan was the first of the family to settle in Scotland.” The basis for this seems to be from “The Ancient Surname of Buchanan” by William Buchanan written in 1793. However, J. Scott Porter’s article “Some Account of the Sept of the O'Cathains of Ciannachta Glinne-Geinhin. Now the O'Kanes of the County of Londonderry” in Vol. 3 (1855) of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, writes at the end of a long paragraph on the Buchanan connection: “But the whole story appears to me to rest on no tangible foundation.” Likewise, the Y DNA of the Buchanan’s do not show a link to the O’Cathain’s.
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June 23 @ 6:29pm
“Rory, Hello again,is it possible to check Halogroup R-DG>ZZ10>Z253...Irish type 3. Martin Kean and Patrick John Keane appear to have a number of matches or am I reading it wrong? thanks”
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June 10 @ 4:21pm
“I do not know if I am for sure. I can trace back to William Cain in Russell County Kentucky. I don't know if he is William The son of Edmond who is the son of Nicholas. BY taking the Big y I hope this will help in Finding an answer”
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June 9 @ 12:39pm
“Rory are you a descendent of Nicholas Cain the Nicholas in The Descendents of Nicholas Cain”
April 8 @ 7:26pm
Hello. My y-DNA will be of no use to this project. However my great grandfather was a William Cain (1828-1908) of Winchester, Virginia, and before that Shenandoah County. He likely descended from "Nicholas Cain", who obtained 100 acres in Augusta County, Virginia in 1747, "on North River of Shanando within Gap of the Mountains", which is now Shenandoah County. I have taken over the family genealogy from my late uncle. We always assumed that the Cain line was Scots-Irish, however there is a compelling argument that Nicholas is actually Nikolaus Kern (spelled Nicholas Carn on the ship's manifest) who was a Palentine German who came over on the ship Plaisance in 1732. He married a "Catherine Mann" in 1735, and there was a "MAN, Katrin" on the Plaisance as well. I figure y-DNA is a great way to figure this out. Forgive me if this has been covered, but I would be curious who here is a y-DNA descendant of "Nicholas Cain" and what your conclsions are. Thanks.