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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. He married Martha Buttall. Their home "Wynnestay" was built 1689 and 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. Within this group there are six confirmed subgroups of Colonial Era Virginia families, which Y-DNA testing has determined to be one group sharing a common paternal Winn/Wynn ancestor in Wales. These six families are as follows:
(1) Minor Winn (1704-1778) m. Margaret Connor, Caroline & Fauquier Cos. VA
(2) Daniel Winn (1715-1789) m. Sarah, Prince George & Lunenburg Cos. VA
(3) John Winn Sr. (1719-1795) m. Anne Stone, Lunenburg Co. VA
(4) Thomas Winn Sr. (1720-1781) m1. Elizabeth Banister and m2. Sarah, Hanover & Lunenburg Cos. VA
(5) Richard Winn (1701-1750) m. Phebe Pledger, Hanover and Amelia Cos. VA
(6) John Winn (1705-1789) m. Mary Pledger, Hanover Co. VA 
Of these, Richard Winn (1701-1750) & John Winn (1705-1789) were sons of Richard Winn, born c1672, m1. Sarah and m2. Ann Cocke, a resident of Middlesex Co. VA 1696-1716; and births of both sons were recorded in the Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex Co. VA. The immigrant ancestors for the Winn from Puleston Group are thought to be Thomas and Robert Wynn, sons of Gruffydd Wynn of Trefechen, Denbighshire, descendant of a Wynn paternal line stemming from Madog Puleston of Bersham, Wales. Due to boundary changes in shires Trefechan later fell in Wrexham, and the town of Trefechan is now called Penycae. Welsh record states that Gruffydd's son, Thomas Wynn, left Wales for Maryland Colony in America; and another son, Robert Wynn, also went to the Colonies. Thomas Wynn was transported to Virginia, 1657, as recorded on a Virginia Northern Neck grant for land on Potomac River in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Thomas Wynn resided in St. Mary's County, MD, 1660s-1680, and owned a tract of land called Denby in 1666. The following are the haplogroup results of Big Y-700 testing for Group K: the older branch of Y-DNA Group K Winn/Puleston has a confirmed haplogroup of R-M269 > P312 > DF99 > BY3447 > BY152317 (see Group KA Minor Winn AND Group KE Daniel Winn). There is a more recent branch-split in one descendant-group from Minor Winn, with confirmed haplogroup of R-M269 > P312 > DF99 > BY3447 > BY152317 > BY154882. Notice to members: if you have a family tree from either John Winn Sr./Anne Stone or Daniel Winn which you've linked as a descendant line of Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, you must disconnect those generations from your tree because Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, is an entirely different YDNA Group (See Group M below). The YDNA results between Group K and Group M do not match, and the haplogroups do NOT match. 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, and it is the second largest group in Winn Surname Project. Mayor Robert Wynne (born c1563, Shropshire, England, and died 1609, Kent, England) was father of Peter Wynne of Kent, and Peter's son Robert Wynne (1622–1675) immigrated to Charles City Co. Virginia in c1656, serving 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). Many descendants moved into Surry, Sussex, and Dinwiddie Counties in VA during the 1700s. Another descendant, William Wynne (1729-1808) migrated to Tazewell Co. VA. Group M also has Y-DNA matches to Lake descendants of John Leake, 1658-1731, St. Mary's Co. MD, and Davis descendants of John Davis d. 1784 Flyford Flavel, 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 > P312 > DF27 > BY3290. There are many electronic family trees showing ancestry from Robert Wynne, Canterbury, which should be disconnected because the YDNA does not match. All members should check their 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 N. This group is comprised of descendants of John Wynne (c1710-1772) of York County, Virginia, who married Lucy Hill Toplis, the widow of William Toplis. John Wynne, Planter, sold tobacco through John Norton & Sons of London, as verified by 18th century shipping records. The confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > P312 > L21 > DF41 > FGC13023 > FGC13038. There is a descendant group called the John Wynne Society, with a published newsletter available online.

Y-DNA Group Q. The Edward Winn of Woburn Group is an 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. The confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > P312 > L21.

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 Flanders (Belgium) 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.

Y-DNA Group S1. The Queen/Quinn Group is comprised of descendants of Queen and Quinn surname. This group has tested positive for the M222 Northwest Modal Haplotype, therefore it is an Irish-origin group. 

There is also Y-DNA Group E for descendants of George Wynns (c1675-1751) of Bertie County, North Carolina. George Wynns married Rose Bush. The country of origin is unknown. The predicted haplogroup is R-M269.

The project has other groups in which lineages are still being sorted. The project has some variations of names starting with Win and some Y-groups of Winn, all spellings, that we have no lineage for. We will continue to work on defining and finding Winn males 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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