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The project continues to grow as always. The members have a variety of research areas. We will continue to work towards better defining the results and comparing them to the paper trails you have submitted. Submitting a gedcom is an important part of the process. If you do not have a gedcom, contact the admin Connie Cole and she will help you get a gedcom uploaded. 

The YDNA Chart page has been separated into identifiable groups for relatedness. Some of the YDNA groups are followed by a second group of Family Finder participants to the same relatedness group. Not all of the groupings have haplogroups tested. Feel free to use the general fund to make even small donations to get this accomplished.

We have two YDNA groups with origins in Wales identified. We want to find participants still living in Wales to join and participate. The hope is that we will identify a group or groups who have a connection to the groups we have identified in USA.

Y-DNA Group F. The Dr. Thomas Wynne (PA) Group is a Welsh-origin group (Bron-Vadog, Caerwys, Flintshire, Wales) comprised of descendants of Dr. Thomas Wynne (1627-1692), who immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with William Penn in 1682. Dr. Wynne was William Penn's personal physician. His home "Wynnestay" is known as Philadelphia's oldest existing private residence. He was son of Thomas ap John ap Rhys Wynne of Caerwys, Ysceifiog, Flintshire. Y-DNA Group F Dr. Thomas Wynne PA has a confirmed haplogroup of I-M253. Project administrator, Connie Cole, is contact for this group.

Y-DNA Group K. The Winn from Puleston Group is a Welsh-origin group from Trefechan, Flintshire, Wales (due to later name changes Trefechan later fell in Denbighshire, and Trefechan is now the town of Penycae in Wrexham, Wales). Within this Welsh-origin group there are six confirmed subgroups of Colonial Era Virginia families, which Y-DNA testing has determined to be one group who share a common paternal Winn/Wynn ancestor. These six families are as follows: Minor Winn (1704-1778), Fauquier Co. VA; Daniel Winn (1715-1789), Lunenburg Co. VA; John Winn Sr. (1719-1795), Lunenburg Co. VA; Thomas Winn Sr. (1720-1781), Lunenburg Co. VA; Richard Winn (1701-1750), Hanover Co. VA; and John Winn (1705-1789), Hanover Co. VA. The latter two, Richard Winn (b.1701) & John Winn (b.1705), were sons of Richard Winn (b. c1672) of Middlesex Co. VA, 1696-1716; and notably, births of sons Richard and John were recorded in the parish register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co. VA. The immigrant ancestors from Wales are thought to be Thomas, Robert, and John Wynn, sons of Gruffydd Wynn of Denbighshire, who was himself a descendant of the Wynn branch from Madog Puleston. Welsh record states that Gruffydd's son Thomas Wynn went to Maryland. There are transportation records of Thomas Wynn and John Wynn, transported to Virginia in 1654 and 1657, respectively, as recorded on two Virginia Northern Neck grants for land on Potomac River in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Both Thomas Wynn and John Wynn were residents of St. Mary's County, MD, 1660s-1680, where Thomas patented a tract called Denby in St. Mary's, 1666. Y-DNA Group K Winn/Puleston has a confirmed haplogroup of R-M269 > R-P312 > R-DF99 > R-BY3447. Notice to all descendants of Daniel Winn (1715-1799) and John Winn Sr. (1719-1795): if you have mapped your family tree with a male ancestral line from Robert Wynne of Canterbury, please remove those generations from your tree because it is incorrect. The Y-DNA of Winn/Puleston Group does NOT match the Robert Wynne of Canterbury Group. Project co-administrator, Stephanie Winn Miller, is contact for the Winn/Puleston group at

Y-DNA Group M. The Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, Group is an English-origin group. Mayor Robert Wynne (born c1563, Shropshire, England, and died 1609, Kent, England) was father of Peter Wynne of Kent. Peter's son Robert Wynne (1622–1675) immigrated to Charles City Co. Virginia in c1656 and served as Speaker of the House of Burgesses for Virginia Colony. Wynne members of this Y-DNA group are descendants of Robert's two sons, Thomas Wynne (m. Agnes Stith) and Joshua Wynne (m. Mary Jones). This group also has Y-DNA matches to Lake descendants of John Leake, 1658-1731, St. Mary's Co. MD; Davis descendants of Samuel Davis, Stoke, Staffordshire, England; and Davis descendants of John Davis, Flyford Flavell, Worcestershire, England. Wynne, Leake/Lake, and Davis appear to be surname branches of a more ancient ancestral group in England. In addition, there are also a few lines with other surnames, with matches and evidence of descent from Robert Wynne through families enslaved by Wynnes. Y-DNA Group M Robert Wynne, Canterbury has a confirmed haplogroup of R-M269 > R-P312 > R-DF27 > R-BY3290. There are many electronic family trees showing ancestry from Robert Wynne, Canterbury, which should be disconnected because the Y-DNA type does not match. All members need to check trees and update as needed. Leonard M. Wynne is from the Robert Wynne lineage group and hosts a large reunion every year. Contact Leonard at

Y-DNA Group Q. The Edward Winn of Woburn Group is another English-origin group. Edward Winn, carpenter, was hired in Broughton Gifford Parish, Wiltshire, England, and transported with his wife and children to New England by Barnabas Davis about 1639. In 1640, he was one of 32 signatories establishing the town of Woburn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He resided at Woburn until his death in 1682. His children were: two daughters, Ann (m. Moses Cleveland) and Elizabeth (m. George Polly); and two sons, Joseph Winn and Increase Winn. Increase Winn, born 1641, was the first recorded birth in Woburn.

Y-DNA Group R. The Winne of Albany Co. New York Group is a Flanders-origin group. This group is comprised of descendants of Pieter Winne (1609-1693), immigrant from Belgium or the Netherlands to Kingston, Ulster County, New York.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Y-DNA Group S. The Samuel Gwinn Group is comprised of descendants of Samuel Gwinn (1751-1839), Augusta County, Virginia. This group has tested positive for the M222 Northwest Modal Haplotype, therefore it is an Irish-origin group.

Additionally, there is Y-DNA Group N for descendants of John Wynne, tobacco merchant, who died 1772 in York County, Virginia. Also, there is Y-DNA Group E for descendants of George Wynns who died 1751 in Bertie County, North Carolina; his wife was Rose Bush. The project has other groups in which lineages are still being sorted.

The project has some variations of names starting with Win and some Winn's, all spellings, that we have no lineage for. We will continue to work on defining and finding male Winn's to test on the lines in which there are lineage questions. If you have DNA results from someplace else, please feel free to transfer results to FTDNA Winn Surname Project. If you are a male Winn of any spelling, please test for the project. All participants are welcome.

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