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Phelps y-DNA

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We now have 17 biologically different Phelps YDNA tested lines and oover 150 tested Phelps men!


What have we discovered through DNA testing?  

  • New!  One England Phelps line,William Phelps b. ca. 1593, England,has "crossed the pond" and found a YDNA matching Brit !

    • We have 17 biologically different Phelps lines (YDNA tested).

    • 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.   A NC/VA Pond line is also related to them. Their haplogroup is a rare E1a1. 

    • 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 trace back to Tyrrell Co, NC are not related to the early Phelps of Gates Co.  

    • NEW!  Recent testing shows the probable early James Phelps line of Chowan Co, NC IS related to the early Tyrrell Co Phelps.

    • 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.

    Be sure to visit the American Phelps Genealogies site, maintained by various "lineage coordinators.  This site is more genealogy oriented.

    The current list (2015) of private google forums/groups you may request to join are:

    BritPhelps DNA Project

    Descendantsof Walter Phelps of Maryland b.1680

    JamesPhelps d.1786 Caswell Co, NC

    JohnPhelps d 1747 Goochland

    JohnPhelps d 1772 Bedford County VA NEW GROUP 2014

    JohnPhelps d 1772, Bedford Co, VA

    NEbrothers Henry, Edward and Nicholas Phelps - and Perquimans Co, NC Descendants

    Related:Silas, William, & Barnabas Phelps (CT), & John Phelps (OH)

    Researchfor YDNA related Ponds and Phelps Common Ancestor - INACTIVE

    ThomasFelps d. 1758/9 Deer Creek, Baltimore Co., MD.

    ThomasPhelps of Albemarle, VA d 1751

    YAHOO   Common ancestor of 3 Phelps lines is aRestricted Group with 12 members. Commonancestor of 3 Phelps lines  This wasset up strictly for early common ancestors…not for descendants as the abovedo. 

    A few others, including two New England Phelps google forums are no longer available.