Group A - Essex, England (Haplogroup I1)
#50,249: This project member was our initial Trott participant in the UK. He traces his line to Richard Trott, born around 1530 in Newport, near Saffron Walden, Essex. There have been Trotts in this part of Essex at least since 1327, when the Lay Subsidy lists Willelmo Trott of Manwedene (Manuden), which is only five miles from Newport. In the early 18th century, this member’s ancestor Michael Trott moved to Deal in Kent, and his descendants are still there today.
#51,601: This project member was the 4th cousin twice removed of #50,249. They exactly match on 37 markers, confirming the relationship that they had established by traditional genealogical methods. He died in 2012.
#454,171: This project member traces his ancestry back eight generations to John Trott, who married Elizabeth Day in 1695 in Melton, Suffolk, and lived in nearby Woodbridge. The family continued to live in Woodbridge until the late 19th century, when James Trott and his family moved to Ipswich, about eight miles away. Members of this family continue to live in East Anglia.
Extensive research has revealed no connection between the Woodbridge line and the one originating in Newport, but the DNA results now prove that there is a relationship some time before 1700. This member matches #50,249 and #51,601 on 34 out of 37 markers.
#225,252 and #559,565: These project members both trace their ancestry to Benjamin Trott Jr (1741-1813) and his wife Mehitable Sewell of Woolwich, Sagadahoc County, Maine. #559,565 is descended from their son Capt Benjamin Trott, born in 1776 at Woolwich and #225,252 from their son James Fullerton Trott, born in 1778 at Woolwich. Benjamin Trott Jr was a son of Benjamin Trott Sr (1712-1775) and his wife Joanna Payson, who moved with their family to Woolwich around 1751.
Benjamin Trott Sr was probably born in 1712 at Boston, Massachusetts, a son of Samuel Trott (1660-1724) and his wife Mercy Bale. Samuel was probably a son of Thomas Trott (ca 1614-1696) and his wife Sarah Proctor. Thomas arrived in Boston in 1635 from Bristol, on the James, with Richard Mather. However, the genealogy of these early Trotts in Massachusetts is uncertain.
The DNA results throw some doubt on the descent of Benjamin Trott Sr from Thomas Trott. #225,252 and #559,565 are related to #454,171, whose ancestry is firmly rooted in Suffolk, England, back to at least 1695. They are perhaps less closely related to #50,249 and #51,601, whose ancestry can be traced back to around 1530 in the neighbouring county of Essex. Did Thomas Trott travel from Suffolk or Essex to Bristol to sail to the New World in 1635? It seems unlikely. If a male-line descendant of Thomas Trott through one of his other sons was to take a YDNA test, this could help to confirm the relationship or disprove it.
Group B - Somerset, England & Maryland, USA (Somerset to Maryland in mid-1600s) (Haplogroup R1a1a)
Until August 2015, the project contained a number of members in North America who were unable to find convincing evidence of where in Europe their ancestors had originated. That changed when the results for project member #420,151 were received, and it was proved that they had very likely originated in Somerset, England.
#420,151: This project member traces his ancestry to Job Trott, who married Mary Gentle in 1811 at South Petherton, Somerset. Job said in the 1851 census that he was born in the neighbouring parish of Martlock, and his age of 75 on his death in 1855 indicates he was born there around 1780, but no baptism has so far been found. Job’s son Thomas Trott was born around 1815 at South Petherton and married Mary Durant in 1838 at Martock. Thomas and Mary, with their children Thomas, George and Amanda, migrated from the UK to New York in 1854. They settled in Philadelphia, where their descendants have continued to live.
This project member matches #288,766 and #406,479 on 34 out of 37 markers. He also matches five of the North American members on 33 out of 37 markers. The project administrators feel that it is reasonable to conclude that this project member and all the other American Trotts in this haplogroup descend from a common male ancestor who probably lived in Somerset well over 350 years ago, prior to the period in the mid 1600s when Thomas Trott of this haplogroup emigrated to Maryland.
#48,615: This project member was the project’s first American tester and believes based on traditional genealogical work that he is a descendant of Thomas Trott who lived in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-1600s. There is a "Trott's Branch" about 30 miles south of Annapolis, Maryland where Thomas evidently lived. While Thomas appears to have been the earliest male ancestor of this R1a1a haplogroup in the US, there are numerous gaps in the traditional genealogical records between Thomas and persons living today. DNA testing has filled in some of those gaps, but more gaps can be filled in if additional persons join the project.
As will be seen in discussions concerning other project members listed below, some Trotts remained in Maryland, including the ancestors of project members #50,297 and #213,424. Other descendants moved to North Carolina in the late 1700s, including ancestors of project members #48,615, #48,700 and #113,521. Still other descendants moved to Ohio in the early 1800s, including ancestors of project members #57,803 and #240,338.
With respect to those who moved to North Carolina, James Trott and Henry Trott are known to have moved to Rowan County, North Carolina by about 1790. Three project members descended from Henry, but the project has yet to test persons who are known to be descendants of James. Descendants of Henry migrated further across the country and today live in numerous states. One notable descendant of Henry was James Jenkins Trott who became a missionary to the Cherokee Nation in Georgia in the early 1800s. A descendant of James Jenkins Trott is project member #113,521.
#48,700: This project member was a very active Trott genealogist in Texas for many years before passing away in 2014. Prior to DNA testing he believed that he and member #48,615 were cousins based on traditional genealogical research, and testing confirmed this relationship with a match on 67 of 67 markers. He felt that his oldest known ancestor, based on conclusive genealogical records, was Henry Trott who moved to Rowan County, North Carolina in about 1790 at about the same time that another Marylander, James Trott, moved to the same county. Henry and James were likely descendants the Thomas Trott in Anne Arundel County mentioned above, but this project member emphasized that the link is not proven and hoped that over time DNA testing plus additional genealogical sleuthing will provide definitive answers to questions concerning the relationship between Henry Trott, James Trott and the Thomas Trott.
#113,521: This project member’s results confirm that he was another member of the Maryland to North Carolina group. He passed away in 2015. He descended from James Jenkins Trott, a descendant of Henry Trott, who was born in North Carolina and became a Methodist missionary to the Cherokee nation in Georgia. James Jenkins was involved in a case decided by the United States Supreme Court in 1832 holding that that the state of Georgia had no jurisdiction over the reservation. He married a Cherokee woman and their descendants were forced to go on the infamous "Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma. Descendants in subsequent generations changed their last name and moved to the Dakotas, West Virginia and New Jersey. Descendants are listed on various Indian rolls in Oklahoma. This project member matches members #48,615 and #48,700 on 66 of 67 markers, and he matches member #223,795 on 65 of 67 markers.
#456,877: This project member is from Tennessee and traces his ancestry back to his great-great grandfather, James Henry Trott, born in Tennessee in 1837. James was married to Mary D Witt and had a son James Milton Trott in 1862. He matches members #48,615, #48,700 and #113,521 on 36 of 37 markers. He also matches #50,297 on 36 of 37 markers, and #240,338 on 36 of 37 markers.
#57,803 and #240,338: These two closely related project members belong to a family which migrated from Maryland to Ohio. They are descended from Samuel Trott who lived in Calvert County, Maryland. Samuel was the father of Francis, Richard and James Trott. Francis Trott was born around 1808 in Maryland and moved to Guernsey County, Ohio to establish a homestead. He had 10 children: Martha (aka Mariah) Ellen Trott Albin, Ophelia Anne Trott Dudley, James W., Samuel F., Michael Spaid, Margaret Mary Trott Archer, Thomas Henry, Catherine Maria Trott Dudley, John Wesley and Richard F. Francis and four children are listed up in the 1850 Guernsey County census. By 1880 his son, Samuel F. Trott, lived in Nobel County. Later descendants lived in Muskingum County, Ohio. #240,338 matches project members #48,615 and #48,700 on 66 of 67 markers and project members #113,521 and #223,795 on 65 of 67 markers.
#50,297: This project member, a resident of Maryland, descends from Thomas “Henry” Trott, born around 1820 in Baltimore, Maryland. This member believes, based on traditional genealogical research, that his ancestors lived in Anne Arundel County, Maryland in the mid-1600s, but links in the chain are missing. Based on testing 37 markers, this member matches closely on 36 markers with the North Carolina subgroup (members #48615, #48,700, and #113,521) and on 35 markers with the Ohio subgroup (#240,338). He somewhat surprisingly matches on 34 markers with the other project member whose ancestors remained in Maryland (#213,424). This project member hopes that testing by additional Trott relatives will provide additional information to solve puzzles as to his genealogy.
#213,424: This project member does not have extensive genealogical records but relates his family’s oral tradition that his Trott ancestors originated in England, settled in the Chesapeake Bay area in the late 1600s and have remained in that area ever since. They have lived along the Bay in Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties, Maryland for generations. He traces his own line as far back as Sabret Trott who was born in 1806 and lived in Shady Side, Maryland. Sabret was the father of Richard Trott who in turn was the father of four children named Richard Packard, James Henry, Thomas and Maddie.
In comparing this project member’s 37 marker DNA test with persons whose ancestors have left the Bay area, it is noted that he matches the North Carolina and Ohio subgroups on 35 markers and matches the other Maryland member on 34 markers. Based on the numerical cutoffs in FTDNA’s methodology, he is not listed as a match with tester #288,766 in this haplogroup from the UK, even though they almost certainly descend from a common male ancestor centuries ago. As more people test, differences in markers should be useful in sorting out the relationships and movements of men named Trott over the last several hundred years from the UK to Maryland and elsewhere.
#223,795: This project member joined our project after testing 67 markers because all four of his matches are project members in this haplogroup. While this project member’s last name is not Trott, it appears highly likely based on the closeness of the tests that he is genetically related to the other project members. Despite discussions between this member and the project administrator to determine the nature of the relationship, they have not been able to formulate a theory as to the relationship. Ancestors with this project member’s last name have lived in Kentucky for several generations, and he believes that they lived in Maryland several centuries ago. It is hoped that further DNA testing and traditional sleuthing can untangle this conundrum.
#288,766: This project member lives in the UK and traces his ancestry to William Trott who lived in the London area in the early 19th century. William married Sarah Wallis in 1817 at St Dunstan Stepney, Middlesex, when they both lived in Mile End Old Town. In the 1841 census they were living with their family in Southwark, Surrey. William was listed as a bricklayer aged 55, so was born around 1781 to 1786, and was listed as not born in Surrey. He remarried in 1844, when he stated that his father was William Trott, a carpenter.
This project member matches both #420,151 and #406,479 on 34 out of 37 markers. The close match to #420,151 suggests that this family also originated in Somerset, and probably migrated to the London area in the 18th century.
#406,479: This project member has joined because his father was adopted and he does not know his biological grandfather’s surname. There is evidence his grandfather was from East Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He matches member #420,151 on 36 out of 37 markers, member #213,424 on 35 out of 37 markers, and member #288,776 on 34 out of 37 markers.
However, further testing has shown that at 111 markers, he no longer matches #420,151 very closely. He only matches on 85 out of 111 markers, meaning that they probably do not share a common ancestor within the time frame in which surnames have been in use. Similarly, he does not closely match the other two group members who have tested to 111 markers, #48,615 and #113,521. Also, he does not closely match any of the other members who have tested to 67 markers, although they all match each other quite closely.
#B76383: This project member is descended from Richard Treat, who was born in 1584 at Pitminster, Somerset, England as Richard Trott, a son of Robert and Honour Trott. He settled with his family at Wethersfield, Connecticut about 1637-1639, and died at Wethersfield around 1669. The family remained in Connecticut until John Treat (1776-1834) began the westward migration, settling in Pennsylvania (late 1790s), then Ohio (around 1815), then Indiana (by 1818). He died in Morgan County, Indiana in 1834. John’s son William W Treat was part of a large group of Treats who settled in the Ozark Mountain region of Arkansas. William’s grandson, William F Treat, left Arkansas about 1902 for the Cherokee Nation of Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. This member matches the other Treat project members, #343,345, #343,369 and #484238, on 34 out of 37 markers. He also matches project members #48,615, #48,700 and #113,521 on 35 out of 37 markers.
#484238: This project member is also descended from Richard Treat. His family remained in Connecticut until the early 19th century. Hosea Treat (1781-1818) moved to Trenton, New York, by 1805 and died at Holland Patent, New York, in 1818. His son Butler Treat (1818-1879), moved to Adrian, Michigan by around 1834.
This member matches project member #B76383 on 34 out of 37 markers. He also matches project members #48615, #48700 and #113521 on 34 out of 37 markers. However, he and #B76383 share a mutation at DYS442, which they share with the other Treats in the project, #343345 and #343369. The others who have this mutation are #288766, #406479, and #420151. This suggests that the Treats are more closely related to those Trotts who live in the UK or who can trace their ancestry to the UK as recently as the 19th century, than to the Trotts who left the UK in the 17th century, which would confirm their descent from Richard Treat.
#343,345 and #343,369: These two closely related project members have the surname Treat. They are descended from William Carroll Treat who was born in 1850 in Newton County, Arkansas. He married Sarah Elizabeth Vanderpool on 27 Oct 1873 in Newton County, Arkansas. The family later moved to Chocktaw Nation, Indian Territory, where William died in 1890. The descendants of William and Sarah continued to live in what later became Oklahoma. #343,345 is a descendant of their son William Carroll Treat (1883-1958) and #343,369 is a descendant of his brother Frank Monrow Treat (1885-1954). They both match project member #B76383 on 34 out of 37 markers. They also match project members #48,615, #48,700 and #113,521 on 34 out of 37 markers.
Most of the Treat families of Arkansas can be connected as descendants of John Treat (1776-1834) of Morgan County, Indiana, with the exception of the descendants of William Carroll Treat (1850-1890). But the DNA results now indicate that there is a relationship, even if the paper records do not yet show exactly where.
Group C - Yorkshire, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#107,575 and #164,945: These project members are both of Bermudian descent. The Bermuda Trott family is descended from Samuel Trott, who was born in London in 1646 and is believed to have migrated from the UK to Bermuda in 1669. He died in Bermuda in 1699 and today his descendants are to be found all over the world, including the UK, Canada, the USA, and Australia. Samuel Trott’s ancestry can be traced to John Trott, a draper who died in London in 1551. John Trott was born around 1507/8 and there is some evidence that his family originated in Yorkshire, but this has not yet been proved.
#129,007: This project member has no connections with Bermuda. His family migrated from the UK to New Zealand in 1901. His ancestry can be traced to Henry Trott, a master mariner, and his wife Elizabeth who baptised a son, Henry John, in 1806 in Kingston upon Hull (also known as Hull), in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Henry Trott may have originated in Scarborough, about 60 miles up the coast from Hull, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, but no firm evidence of this has so far emerged.
#259,992: This project member is from Yorkshire and can trace his ancestry to Henry Trott, a mariner, who married Frances Eglestone in 1781 in Scarborough. Henry was probably baptised in 1744 in Scarborough, the son of William and Jane Trott, but this has not been proved.
It is unlikely that paper records will be able to prove that #129,007 and #259,992 are related to #107,575 and #164,945 but the DNA results mean that John Trott (d 1551) almost certainly originated in Yorkshire, and that his ancestors were related to the ancestors of the other two some time before the mid 16th century. It also seems reasonable to use the results as proof that all of these lines originated in the Scarborough area.
In 2011, a Deep Clade Test was carried out on #164,945. These results apply to all four of the above. Family Tree DNA infers a haplogroup from the standard test and all three were originally given the haplogroup of R1b1a2. The Deep Clade Test showed that they belonged to the haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1a8, also known as R-L257. R-L257 refers to the Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) which characterises this haplogroup. This appears to be relatively rare, but was only discovered in early 2010, so it is possible that it will become more common as more people are tested for it. R1b1a2 is now known as R1b2a1, and R1b1a2a1a1a8 (or R-L257) is now known as R1b2a1aB1a2b1a1.
Group D - Devon, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#431,607: This project member traces his ancestry to William Trott who married Ann Mules in 1748 at Little Torrington, Devon. Their son William was born in 1752 at Little Torrington and married Ann Hunt. The family continued to live in the area, at nearby Great Torrington, until John Trott and his wife Sarah Elsworthy moved to London around 1845. There have been Trotts in Great Torrington since at least the 16th century. Another descendant of William Trott and Ann Hunt, Henry Trott, was born in 1847 in Great Torrington. Henry emigrated to Cuyahoga, Ohio by 1880, with his wife Lucy Warren Williams and their children, and has descendants in the USA today. #431,607 matches #N22,826 on 36 out of 37 markers and #300,191 on 35 out of 37 markers.
#300,191: This project member traces his ancestry to Henry Trott and his wife Eulalia, whose son John was born in Petrockstow, a few miles from Great Torrington, Devon in 1732. John married Mary Hammett in 1753. The family continued to live in this area, in Petrockstow, or the adjacent parishes of Meeth, Buckland Filleigh, and Sheepwash, until William Henry Burnett Trott (b 1854) moved to South Wales in the late 19th century. #300,191 matches #431,607 on 35 out of 37 markers, and #N22,826 on 34 out of 37 markers.
#N22,826: This project member traces his ancestry to James Trott, born in 1788 at Seaton and Beer, Devon. James married Elizabeth (Betsy) Stroud in 1812 at Black Torrington, Devon. Their son John, born in 1813 at Black Torrington, migrated to Maine, USA in 1833, and then to Ontario, Canada. Seaton and Beer is in South Devon, almost fifty miles away from Petrockstow, which is in North Devon. #N22,826 matches #431,607 on 36 out of 37 markers and #300,191 on 34 out of 37 markers.
There is a further result matching the three Devon members, to be found on the Y Search database, no 42FFF. He matches #N22,826 on 33 out of 37 markers, #431,607 on 33 out of 37 markers and #300,191 on 31 out of 37 markers. He traces his ancestry to John Trott, who married Thomasine Williams in 1692 at Ottery St Mary, and baptised three children in Uffculme between 1685 and 1697.
Group E - Tennessee, USA (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#254,364: This project member's family lived in Bedford County, Tennessee in recent generations. He traces his line back to his grandfather Raymond Trott, great-grandfather John Wesley Trott, and great-great-grandfather Michael Trott of Bedford County. They are believed to descend from George W Trott who was born 1803 in North Carolina prior to the family moving to Tennessee around the 1820s.
#374,175: This project member traces his ancestry to his great-grandfather George Brazille Trott, and his great-grandfather Michael Trott of Tennessee. He and project member #254,364 are third cousins. Consistent with that relationship, they match on 36 out of 37 markers. His research in the 1850 census has now shown that Michael Trott's father was George Washington Trott who was born around 1804 in North Carolina. George Washington Trott appears to have had a brother, Enoch Trott, who moved with him to Bedford County, Tennessee, around 1826. Enoch later moved to Missouri and Arkansas.
Group F - Maine, USA (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#123,771 and #288,070: These two project members are closely related, and can trace their ancestry to Josiah Trott, born in 1779 in Castine, Maine, USA, son of Samuel Trott. This family is said to be descended from Simon Trott, who lived at Cape Porpoise, Maine in the 17th century, but proof of this is lacking.
Group G - Somerset, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#285,125: This project member is descended from Edward King Trott, who was was born in 1838 in Taunton, Somerset, a son of Henry Trott, who married Sarah Lane on 8 June 1835 in the adjacent parish of Wilton. Henry died in Taunton on 13 December 1847, aged 52, giving an approximate birth date of 1794 or 1795. Henry and Sarah named their other son, born in 1836 in Taunton, Mark King Trott, and it is possible that Henry was the son of Robert Trott and Sarah King, who married on 18 June 1787 at Bishops Hull, also adjacent to Taunton, but no baptism for Henry has yet been found to confirm this theory. Edward King Trott emigrated to New Zealand before 1861 and his descendants still live there.
Group H - Somerset, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#286,367: This project member traces his ancestry to Isaac Trott who married Mary Trott on 13 July 1794 at Martock, Somerset. Their son Henry, who was born in 1804 at Martock, married Ann Munday in 1833 at nearby Somerton. The family continued to live in the same area until the member's grandfather, Francis George Trott, moved to Glamorgan, South Wales before 1896, and his son later moved to London.
Group I - Somerset, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#206,444: This project member traces his ancestry to James Walden Trott who was born in 1811 at Lambrook, in the parish of Kingsbury Epsicopi, Somerset. He may have been the son of Robert Trott and Ann Walden, who were married in Kingsbury Episcopi on 28 May 1809, but so far no baptism has been found to prove this. James’s son, Robert Carter Trott, migrated to Canada, probably in the 1870s.
Group J - Germany (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#252,976: This project member is of German descent. He traces his ancestry to Nicolaus Trott who married Susanna Simon in 1645 in Mellrichstadt, a town in Bavaria, about eighty miles east of Frankfurt. The family continued to live in the same town, until Nicolas's descendant Casper Trott, born in 1819 in Mellrichstadt, migrated to the US in 1840 with his brother Antonius, his sister Katharina and his brother-in-law Rudolph Salender. Casper settled firstly in Buffalo, New York, then in Wisconsin, and finally in Peoria, Illinois.
Group K - London, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#48,454: This project member is from Mobile, Alabama and is decended from Joseph Trott and his wife Sarah, whose children included Richard Trott born in 1779, at Saint Leonard, Shoreditch, Middlesex. Richard married Mary Batcher and had three known children including Richard Trott christened in 1828, at Saint Nicholas, Deptford, Kent. The younger Richard Trott arrived in Mobile County, Alabama in 1860, with his wife Martha, nee Manson. Richard and Martha had four known children: Martha Mary Anne Trott born in 1858 in England, Richard William Lee Trott born in 1859 in England, Dominick/Dominique Jasper Trott born in 1861 in Alabama, and Philip F. Trott born in 1867 in Alabama.
Group L - Devon, England (Haplogroup R1b2a1)
#156,908: This project member traces his ancestry to Philip Trott, born in 1809 at Uffculme, Devon. Philip's mother was Mary Trott, and his father's name, taken from his marriage certificate, was John MILL. Mary Trott was born in 1792 in Uffculme, a daughter of Robert Trott and his wife Sarah, and her ancestry can be traced back to John Trott, who married Thomasine Williams in 1692 at Ottery St Mary, and baptised three children in Uffculme between 1685 and 1697.
Group M - Somerset, England (Haplogroup E1b1b1)
#262,445: This project member traces his ancestry to William Trott, born in 1730 in Elworthy, Somerset, a son of Francis Trott and his wife Mary. William married Mary Ammory in 1769 and the family continued to live in the Elworthy area until the 1850s, when the member's great great grandfather, John Trott, born in 1803, left Somerset and moved to Wallasey, Cheshire with his family. It is possible that Francis was baptised in 1694 at Crowcombe (only a few miles from Elworthy), a son of John and Joan Trott, but this has not yet been proved.
Group N - Connecticut, USA (Haplogroup E1b1b1)
#453,889: This project member is from Connecticut. He was said to be descended from Richard Treat, who was born in 1584 in Pitminster, Somerset, England as Richard Trott (see Group B above). However, the DNA results prove that this is not the case, at least not in the male line.
This page was last updated on November 21, 2016.