Winn

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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 improtant part of the process. If you do not have a gedcom, contact the admin Connie Cole GramereC@aol.com 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.

The Dr. Thomas Wynne (PA) Group is a Welsh-origin group (Bron-Vadog, Caerwys, Flintshire, Wales) comprised of descendants of Dr. Thomas Wynne (m. Martha Buttall) who immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with William Penn in 1682. Dr. Wynne was William Penn's personal physician. Project administrator, Connie Cole, is contact for this group.

The Winn from Puleston Group is a Welsh-origin group. Within the group there are six confirmed subgroups of Colonial Era Virginia families, which Y-DNA testing has determined to be one closely related group. These six Winn families are as follows: Minor Winn (m. Margaret Connor), Fauquier Co. VA; Daniel Winn (m. Sarah), Lunenburg Co. VA; John Winn Sr. (m. Anne Stone), Lunenburg Co. VA; Col. Thomas Winn Sr. (m1. Elizabeth m2. Sarah), Lunenburg Co. VA; Richard Winn (m. Phebe, widow of Pledger), Hanover Co. VA; and John Winn (m. Mary Pledger), Hanover Co. VA. The latter two, Richard Winn (m. Phebe, widow of Pledger) & John Winn (m. Mary Pledger), were sons of Richard Winn born c1672 and resident of Middlesex Co. VA 1696-1716 as recorded in the parish register of Christ Church, Middlesex. This group has a confirmed haplogroup of R-M269 > R-P312 > R-DF99 > R-BY3447. The emigrant ancestors from Wales are thought to be Thomas and John Wynn, sons of Gruffydd Wynn. The Welsh genealogy of Gruffydd's children lists a son Thomas Wynn who went to Maryland, another son Robert who went abroad, and a third son John. Thomas Wynn and John Wynn were transported to Virginia in 1657 as recorded on two Virginia Northern Neck grants, and they were both residents of St. Mary's County, MD, 1660s-1680s. Their father Gruffydd Wynn was a descendant of the Wynn branch of Puleston in Wales. The Wynn from Puleston branch began in the 1500s with John Wynn of Trefechan ap Edward ap Howell ap Edward ap Madog Puleston. Trefechan, Dinhille Ucha, in Ruabon Parish, is now known as Penycae, Wrexham, Wales. The administrator of this group is Stephanie Miller stephwm@cox.net. Note: Daniel Winn was a resident of Prince George Co. VA for over a decade prior to moving to Lunenburg in 1755, and in the past his paper trail was linked to Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, ENG; however Robert Wynne of Canterbury has been determined to be a separate and unrelated Y-DNA group (see next).

Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, Kent, ENG (born c1563, Shropshire) is another grouping. Mayor Robert Wynne's grandson, Robert Wynne, immigrated to Charles City Co. Virginia in the 1600s and served as Speaker of the House of Burgesses for Virginia Colony. Wynne members of this Y-DNA group are descendants of Robert's sons, Thomas Wynne (m. Agnes Stith) and Joshua Wynne (m. Mary Jones). Leonard M. Wynne is from the Robert Wynne line and hosts a large reunion every year lmwynne1@trinitycable.net. There are a few lines with other surnames, with matches and evidence leading to descendants of Robert Wynne, who have joined other surname projects - these are descendants of families enslaved by Wynnes. There are many electronic trees published with links to Robert Wynne, which should be disconnected because the Y-DNA type does not match. In addition, this group 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 family in England. The Robert Wynne, Canterbury, group has a confirmed haplogroup of R-M269 > R-P312 > R-DF27 > R-BY3290.

Winn Surname Project has additional Y-DNA groupings for the following:

John Wynn (1755-1849, Northumberland Co. Pennsylvania, USA)
Thomas Wynn (died 1795, Clark Co. Kentucky, USA)
George Wynns (died 1751, Bertie Co. North Carolina, USA; married Rose Bush)
Madison Winn (born 1821, South Carolina, USA; died 1863, Pontotoc Co. Mississippi, USA)
John Wynne (died 1772, York Co. Virginia, USA; married Lucy Hill Toplis)
John Wynne (born 1820, Dublin, IRE; died 1911, Dublin, IRE). Current Ireland Wynne group.
John Wynn (born 1700, Shropshire, ENG). Current U.K. Wynn group.
Edward Winn (1609-1682, Woburn, Middlesex Co. Massachusetts, USA)
Winne of Albany Co., New York, USA (descendants of Pieter Winne, 1609-1693, of Kingston, Ulster Co. NY; origin in Belgium or the Netherlands)
Samuel Gwinn (1751-1839, Augusta Co. Virginia, USA)
John Noble Wynn (born 1780; died 1850, Ohio, USA; married Susanna Oliver)


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 where there are questions. Please, if you have DNA results from someplace else, feel free to share them with us. Please, if you are a male Winn of any spelling, test for the project.

Connie Cole
GramereC@aol.com