Winn

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Winn Surname Project is a growing DNA project. 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. Members should login to the individual member page, then please use the "myFamilyTree" tool at the bottom of your member page to either create or upload a gedcom to your member profile. To create a gedcom, enter one generation at a time beginning with name, birth year, county and state, for each of your parents; and then add grandparents, great grandparents, etc. If you have questions, Project administrator, Stephanie Miller, may be contacted at stephwm@cox.net

The Y-DNA Results Chart has been separated into identifiable groups for relatedness. Not all of the groupings have been tested for confirmed haplogroup. Haplogroup testing has an important role in helping to define surname groups and ancestral origins, so we encourage members to confirm haplogroup by ordering an individual SNP, a SNP-pack, or the Big Y 700 test. The Big Y 700 test was developed by FTDNA as their gold standard Y-DNA test for surname projects. 

We have identified the following Y-DNA paternal lineage groups, based on Y-DNA results in combination with member-submitted family trees:

Y-DNA Group D. The Thomas Winn of Clark Co. KY Group is comprised of descendants of Thomas Winn (c1737-1792) of Clark Co. Kentucky. Thomas Winn received a land grant in 1785 for 400 acres on Stoners Fork in Fayette Co. KY. This land was in Clark County after the county division. Thomas Winn died intestate, 1792. A lawsuit over Thomas's estate settlement, filed 1818 Clark Co., KY, identified his children as William Winn of Ohio, John Winn & Thomas Winn of Missouri, Daniel Winn, James Winn, and several daughters. Descendants migrated to Clermont Co. OH and also to Boone and Macon Cos. MO. This group's predicted haplogroup is R-M269. Haplogroup testing is recommended for this group.

Y-DNA Group EA. The George Wynns Group is comprised of descendants of George Wynns (c1675-1751) and Rose Bush. George Wynns purchased land in Chowan County, North Carolina, in 1718 and was granted another 400 acres along Chowan River and Wiccacon Creek in 1720. After later county divisions, this land fell in Bertie County and is presently located in Hertford County. Five sons were named in George Wynns' will, 1751, Bertie Co. NC, as follows: George Wynns, Joseph Wynns, Benjamin Wynns, William Wynns, and John Wynns. The town of Winton, North Carolina, is the namesake of George's son Benjamin Wynns, as he donated 100 acres for the Town Common (originally "Wynntown"). Descendants of George Wynns's sons Joseph and John Wynns have tested with Winn Surname Project. This group's predicted haplogroup is R-M269. Haplogroup testing is recommended for this group.

Y-DNA Group F. The Dr. Thomas Wynne Group is a Welsh-origin surname group, comprised of descendants of Dr. Thomas Wynne (1627-1692), Welsh immigrant to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1682 with William Penn. He was William Penn's personal physician. Dr. Thomas Wynne was the son of Thomas ap John ap Rhys Wynne of Ysceifiog, Flintshire, Wales. Thomas Wynne married first, Martha Buttall and second, Elizabeth Rowden. His stone home "Wynnestay" was built 1689 and is known as Philadelphia's oldest existing private residence. Thomas Wynne and Martha Buttall had one son, Jonathan Wynne, whose descendants resided at Wynnestay for almost two hundred years. Jonathan Wynne's descendants have tested with Winn Surname Project. Group F has tested positive for the M253 Scandinavian Branch with ancient origin in Chalcolithic Europe.This group's confirmed haplogroup is I-M253 > A6756 > A6760 > BY166463. 

Y-DNA Group K. The Winn/Puleston group is a Welsh-origin surname group. Within Group K, there are six subgroups identified by six Colonial-Era Winn ancestors, which Y-DNA testing has determined to be one group sharing one common paternal Welsh Winn/Wynn ancestor. Descendants of all six subgroups have tested with Winn Surname Project. The subgroups are as follows:
(K1) Minor Winn (1704-1778) m. Margaret Connor; resided Culpeper & Fauquier Counties, Virginia. Sons were John, Minor, James, and Richard Winn. Notable descendants include their youngest son Richard Winn (1750-1818), Brigadier General & Congressman of South Carolina.
(K2) Daniel Winn (1715-1789) m. Sarah; resided Prince George & Lunenburg Counties, Virginia. Sons were Joseph, Thomas, John, Alexander, Elisha, Orsamus, William, James, and Galanus Winn.
(K3) John Winn Sr. (1719-1795) m. Anne Stone; resided Lunenburg County, Virginia. Sons were John, Peter, Littleberry, and Mourning Winn.
(K4) Col. Thomas Winn Sr. (1720-1781) m1. Elizabeth Banister and m2. Sarah; resided Hanover & Lunenburg Counties, Virginia. Sons were John, Thomas, William, Richard, Banister, Edmund, and Washington Winn.
(K5) Richard Winn (1701-1750) m. Phebe Pledger; resided Middlesex, Hanover & Amelia Counties, Virginia. They had one son, John Winn (c1730-1780), Burgess of Amelia County and Delegate for Amelia County at the Fifth Virginia Convention of 1776.
(K6) John Winn (1705-1789) m1. Elizabeth and m2. Mary Pledger; resided Middlesex & Hanover Counties, Virginia. Sons were Richard, Hezekiah, John, Thomas, and Peter Winn. Notable descendants include grandson, John Winn (1782-1837), member of Central College Donors and Founders to the University of Virginia Commissioners, whose Belmont plantation in Charlottesville neighbored Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. 
Of those listed above, (K5) Richard Winn and (K6) John Winn were sons of Richard Winn (b. c1672) of Middlesex County, Virginia, m1. Sarah, and m2. Ann Cocke. Births of both sons (Richard in 1701, & John in 1705) were recorded in the Parish Register of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia. John Winn (b. 1705) also stated his age in his 1754 deposition, Johnson vs. Martin, Amelia Co. VA, saying that he, John Winn of Hanover County, was then 48 years old and knew John Johnson 26 years ago in Hanover County when he lived on a tract joining to Johnson, which was formerly owned by Michael Holland (John Winn was born 1705 by the Gregorian Calendar, or 1706 by the Julian Calendar adopted 1752 in Virginia). 
The Welsh immigrant ancestors for Group K are thought to be the sons of Gruffydd Wynn ap John Wynn of Trefechan ap Edward ap Howell ap Edward ap Magog Puleston of Bersham, Wales. Welsh record states that Gruffydd Wynn had four sons: Richard Wynn (went to London), John Wynn, Robert Wynn (went abroad), and Thomas Wynn (went to Maryland). The Puleston family settled in England at the time of the Norman Conquest. On the Y-DNA Results Chart, Group K Winn subgroups are labeled K1 through K6 by Colonial Winn ancestor and confirmed haplogroup branch. Group K has tested positive for the DF99 Belgique-Celtic Branch. The confirmed haplogroup for Group K is R-M269 > P312 > DF99 > BY3450 > BY3447 > BY152317. 

*Notice to Group K members: If you have a family tree with ancestry from Daniel Winn (m. Sarah), John Winn Sr. (m. Anne Stone), or Col. Thomas Winn Sr. (m1. Elizabeth Banister; m2. Sarah), whom you've linked on your family tree as a descendant of Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, please remove Mayor Robert Wynne from your tree. Old genealogies which connected the two families are INCORRRECT. Mayor Robert Wynne is an entirely different Y-DNA Group (See Group M below). The Y-DNA results between Group K and Group M do not match, and the confirmed haplogroup branches do not match. Group K and Group M are unrelated on the paternal lineage for thousands of years, as proven by Y-DNA testing. The two groups each had a genetic branch split off haplogroup branch R-P312, with the split occurring estimated 4500 years before present, therefore they are not related on the Winn/Wynn surname within the time of surname usage. 

Y-DNA Group M. The Robert Wynne, Mayor of Canterbury, Group is an English-origin surname group. Robert Wynne was born 1563 in 'Salop', according to a deposition he gave in Kent ('Salop' is an old name for Shropshire). He married Frances Wattmer at Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire. Robert Wynne was later Mayor of Canterbury, Kent, England, and a member of the Drapers Guild prior to his death in 1609. He was buried at St. George's Church, Canterbury, beside his wife Frances. They were parents of five children: Thomas, Peter, John, Robert, Elizabeth and Anne. Their son Peter Wynne married Martha Coppin in 1620 in Kent, England. Peter and Martha's son Robert Wynne (1622–1675) immigrated from Kent to Charles City County in Virginia Colony, where he served as Burgess of Charles City County and Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses during the Long Parliament. While in Virginia, Robert Wynne married Mary Sloman Poythress, widow of Francis Poythress, and they were parents of the following children: Thomas Wynne, c1657-1718 (m. Agnes Stith), Joshua Wynne, c1662-1712 (m. Mary Jones), Robert Wynne (died young), and Mary Wynne (m. John Woodlief). The next generation of descendants of Thomas Wynne and Joshua Wynne moved into Surry, Sussex, Prince George and Dinwiddie Counties. One descendant branch moved to Pittsylvania County. Group M Wynne has tested positive for the DF27 Gallo-Iberian Branch. The confirmed haplogroup for Group M Wynne is R-M269 > P312 > DF27 > BY3290 > BY34387 > BY34389 > FT335851. Group M Wynne also has Y-DNA matches to Lake descendants of John Leake (1658-1731), Leonard's Town, St. Mary's County, Maryland, with Lake confirmed haplogroup R-M269 > P312 > DF27 > BY3290 > BY34387 > BY34389 > R-FT335851. In addition, Group M Wynne has matches to Davis descendants of Davis  in Colonial-Era New Jersey, and with Davis confirmed haplogroup R-M269 > P312 > DF27 > BY3290 > BY34387 > BY34388. Wynne, Lake, and Davis appear to be surname branches of a more ancient paternal ancestry in the West Midlands region of England. 
 
Y-DNA Group N. This group is comprised of descendants of John Wynne (c1710-1772), York County, Virginia. John Wynne, described as Planter, sold tobacco through John Norton & Sons, merchants of Yorktown and London, as verified by 18th century shipping records. He married Lucy Hill Toplis, widow of William Toplis, and their union produced several children including two sons, Thomas and Edmund Wynne. Wynne descendants of this group also lived in Warwick County, Virginia. This group has tested positive for the L21 Atlantic-Celtic Branch. This group's confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > P312 > L21 > DF41 > FGC13023 > FGC13024 > FGC13014 > 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, Middlesex Co. Massachusetts, Group is an English-origin surname group. Edward Winn (c1605-1682), 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, Edward Winn 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 as follows: two daughters, Ann Winn (m. Moses Cleveland) and Elizabeth Winn (m. George Polly); and two sons, Joseph Winn and Increase Winn. Increase Winn, born 1641, was the first recorded birth in Woburn. This group has tested positive for the L21 Atlantic-Celtic Branch. This Winn group's confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > P312 > L21.

Y-DNA Group R. The Pieter Winne (1609-1693), NY, Group is a Belgium-origin surname group. This group is comprised of descendants of Pieter Winne (1609-1693), born in Ghent, an emigrant from Flanders (Belgium) to Kingston, Ulster County, New York. Pieter Winne married Tannatje Adams. They settled at Bethlehem, Albany County, New York, where they raised a large family of twelve children. Many descendants remained in New York, and others migrated to New Jersey or the Great Lakes region. This group has tested positive for the U106 Germanic Branch. This group's confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > L151 > U106 > ZP187. 
                                       
Y-DNA Group SA. The Samuel Gwinn Group is comprised of descendants of Samuel Gwinn (1751-1839), Augusta County, Virginia. This group has tested positive for the L21 Atlantic-Celtic Branch and M222 Northwest Modal Haplotype, which is of Irish origin. This group's confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > P312 > L21 > M222 > FGC23742 > FGC52024. This group has a McGowen Y-DNA match at haplogroup branch R-FGC23742.

Y-DNA Group SC. The Queen/Quinn Group is comprised of descendants of Queen and Quinn surname. This group has tested positive for the L21 Atlantic-Celtic Branch and M222 Northwest Modal Haplotype, which is of Irish origin. The Queen group's confirmed haplogroup is R-M269 > P312 > L21 > M222 > S658 > FGC16740 > BY62083 > BY104994. This group has Quinn Y-DNA matches at haplogroup branch R-BY62083.

The project has other groups with lineages which are still being sorted. The project has groupings for surnames beginning with "Win" spelling and some Y-DNA groups of Winn and Wynn, all spellings, for which lineage documentation is incomplete. A large number of our groups have only one member tested. If you have DNA results from another test site, we encourage you to transfer your DNA results to FTDNA Winn Surname Project. If you are a male Winn of any spelling, please test for the project. All participants are welcome.

We are seeking members to join and test with the project if you are a descendant of one of the following Winn/Wynn/Gwynn groups:

*Hugh Gwynn (c1600-1654), immigrant to Gloucester & Mathews Counties, Virginia. Hugh Gwynn's sons were, purportedly, Hugh Gwynn and Rev. John Gwynn of Abingdon Parish, Gloucester County, Virginia. Rev. John Gwynn's two sons were Hugh and Edmund. Of those, Hugh Gwynn (c1702-1768) resided in Gloucester County, Virginia, and had descendants who migrated to Wilkes County, North Carolina.

*John Winn Sr. (c1720-1781) and his son, Joseph Winn, of Dorchester County, South Carolina. Both relocated to Liberty County, Georgia, in 1754 and were among the founding members of Midway Church in Liberty County. 

*Benjamin Winn (c1720-1789) of Caroline County, Virginia (married Ann Durrett). Their descendants include a son, Jesse Durrett Winn.

We are seeking Winn, Wynn, and Wynne members from Wales, England, Ireland, and Scotland with Winn/Wynn ancestry in their native countries, as well as members from Canada and Australia. We welcome members with Winn & Wynn surname from all countries around the globe.


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