Williston of Springfield

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Our Participation with the BIGY SNP testing is starting to yeild some very interesting results.  The BIGY is the next generation of YDNA testing, where we start to look back thousands of years.  This can also get much closer matches, but at this time, we don't have any. 

We have discovered a relationship to the Prater family and their close matches.  I call them the Prater/Fowler/Burton contiuum.  Our common ancestor, by present estimates is  3100 years ago.

But who is that guy?  We are very fortunate in this case to have 2 other matches who come from the middle east, and actually do have their tribal history going back much farther than anyone in the western world is used to.   One of them has a family history going back to the biblical Arbraham.

Our larger E family  originates in Northern Africa, specifically, Egypt.  From there, we go to the Middle East.  This is where things get tricky.  We don't know how yet, but from there somehow in to Europe, probably coming over into England as part of the Normand Invasion with our somehow cousins in the Prater Contiuum and the Paynes. 

As of November, 2016 we have at last proven the YDNA signature of Joseph Williston 1667-1747. We now have BIGY testers for the lines of 2 of Joseph Williston I 's sons Joseph II and Nathaniel I.  We have ordered a BIGY on the Nathaniel kit. Once this is finished processing with the help of YFULL, we will have some family SNP's that will be dated for the last 350 years. We can then use this info to help us determine the specific male lines down from Joseph I.

With Family Finder Autosomal tests, we now have clear Triangulation amongst the descendants of Joseph Williston III and his wife Mary Morgan.  They all match at the 5th cousins level on the same bit of DNA, clearing up any doubt as to who were the parents of the Loyalist John Bailey Williston 1757-1833.  But is this a Morgan or a Williston bit of DNA?  We will be working with the Miles Morgan DNA project so see what we can sort out. 

 The autosomal distant matches are starting to reveal strong circumstancial evidence that Joseph I was related to the Salisbury family of Colonial R.I.  Abigail Salisbury married a John Williston in Milton 1776.  We know from the YDNA that Joseph was not down from John, but was possibly cousin to him in some other way involving the Salisburies. Research into this is ongoing.