Debenham Surname DNA Project - Goals

In each family there is one story teller who seems called to find the ancestors. To put flesh on their bones and make them live again, to tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve. Doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead, breathing life into all who have gone before. They are the story tellers of the tribe. All tribes have one. We have been called by our genes. Those who have gone before cry out to us: Tell our story. So we do, because once we die we become a story. In finding them, we somehow find ourselves. Have you ever stood in front of a grave and cried or wanted to tell ancestors that you have a wonderful family that you would be proud of or even stood in front of a grave and felt somehow there was love there for you? It goes beyond just documenting facts. It goes to who you are as a person and why you do the things you do. Their bones are our bones and their flesh our flesh. The pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish and how they contributed to what we are today. It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us. That we might be born who we are and remember them, so we do. With love and caring of each fact of their existence, because we are them and they are us. Our goal is to find as many story tellers of the different lineages that came from the little Hamlet in Deben, England and to group their families together even though their last names may have changed over time, our Y-DNA will enable us to group our true families together. Story tellers will take their place in the long line of family story tellers, and it will be up to the next generation of the called ones to take their place.

Our Family Lines (Subgroups)
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1. The Anglo-Saxon Deadman/Dudman Line Haplogroup I-M253
     The Anglo-Saxon Deadman/Dudman Line has three Family Lines, Kit #252777 and Kit #510030 connect at John Deadman b 1687 in Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, England and both having paper trails going back to William Deadman b 1653 in Sutton Courtenay, Berkshire, England and Kit #192083 with a paper trail going back to William Dudman b 1823 in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. At this time we believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England.


2. The Charles Deadman Line Haplogroup R-M269
     The Charles Deadman Line has a paper trail that goes back to Charles Deadman born 1440 in Huntingdon, Huntingshire, England. and descends thru Edmond Deadman born 1724 in Baltimore, Maryland. At the 67 Marker level this Family does not match any other Families. Which makes us believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England


3. The Christopher Deadman Line Haplogroup R-P312
     The Christopher Deadman Line goes back to Christopher Deadman born 1620 in Babergh, Neilond, Suffolk, England. At the 37 Marker level this Family matches one family only, thirteen members of the John Woody b 1712 Virginia Family at a Genetic distance from one to four. We have documentation confirming Christopher Deadman b 1620 was in York County, Virginia between 1648 to 1657. At this time we believe the John Woody b 1712 Line descends from Christopher Deadman b 1620 since the John Woody Line does not match any other Woody Family Lines. At this time we believe the Christopher Deadman b 1620 Line goes back to Debenham, England. More testing and research is needed in the Christopher Deadman Line.


4. The Daniel Debnam Line Haplogroup E-M2
     The Daniel Debnam Line goes back to Daniel Debnam born 1822 in North Carolina. At this time this Family Line does not match any other Family's at FamilyTreeDNA at the 37 marker level and at this time we do not believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England


5. The David Denham Line Haplogroup R-U106
     The David Denham Line goes back to David Denham born 2 June 1720 in Northumberland, England. The maternal line of this
Family goes back to King Edward III thru three different paths. At the 37 Marker level this Family matches nine different Families at a Genetic distance of three.


6. The Frank Debenham Line Haplogroup R-L21
     The Frank Debenham Line goes back to John Debnam born 1520 in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England and includes Frank Debenham and the Debenham Dozen. Thru Y-DNA testing we have confirmed the Redgrave and Sapiston Debenham Families are the same Family Line and connect at Thomas Debenham born 1643 in Sapiston, England. At this time the Family does not match any other Families in FamilyTreeDNA. Which makes us believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England


7. The Heinrich Ditmann Line Haplogroup R-CTS6889
    The Heinrich Ditmann Line goes back to Heinrich Ditmann born 10 July 1817 in Darmstadt, Germany. This Family Line does not match any other Families in FamilyTreeDNA at the 37 marker level.


8. The James Benham Line Haplogroup R-CTS2509
     The James Benham Line goes back to James Benham born 1789 in Sulham, Berkshire, England. At the 67 Marker level this Family matches the Blattner Family with a genetic distance of five


9. The James Denham Line Haplogroup I-M253
     The James Denham Line goes back to James Denham born 1791 in Edmanton, Middlesex, England. At the 67 Marker level this Family matches seven Dunham Family members at a genetic distance of two and three

10. The Jamie Dedmond White Line Haplogroup R-M269
     The Jamie Dedmond White Line goes back to James Dedmond b 1770 in Rowan County, North Carolina. At the 37 Marker level this Family matches three members of the Zachary Family at a distance of two and three. More research is needed to connect the two family lines.

11. The John Benham Line Haplogroup R-M269
     The John Benham Line goes back to John Benham born 1581 in Dorchester, England. At the 67 marker level this family matches a Haines Family at a genetic distance of four, and at the 37 marker level they match a Lawrenson Family at a genetic distance of 2 a Harris Family at a genetic distance of three and a Benham Family at a distance of 4.


12. The John Dedman Line Haplogroup E-P277
     The John Dedman Line goes back to John Dedmon born 1778 in North Carolina. At this time we believe John was taken in at a young age by one of the Dedmon/Deadman families living in Rowan County, North Carolina and later given the Dedman last name. At this time the Family does not match any other Familie Lines in FamilyTreeDNA , and we do not believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England


13. The Nicholas Bonham Line Haplogroup R-U152
     The Nicholas Bonham Line goes back to Nicholas Bonham born 1630 in Essex, England. At the 67 marker level this Family matches four Bonham Families with a genetic distance from one to three and also match a Horne Family with the genetic distance of three


14. The Norman Viking Dedmon/Tipton Line Haplogroup I-Y17672
     The Norman Viking Dedmon/Tipton Line goes back to Sir Anthony de Tipton born 1260 in Staffordshire, England. Thru Y-DNA testing we have confirmed that Thomas Charles Deadman born 1720 in Baltimore County, Maryland was the first Tipton in the Deadman Family line. Thomas Charles Deadman's parents were Jonathan Tipton born 1699 and Sarah Edmond born 1900, Thomas was conceived from an out of wedlock situation. At the 111 markers level this Family matches two Tipton Families at a genetic distance of three and four and also match a Hodges Family at a genetic distance of five. We do not believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England.


15. The Seneca Dedmon/Manley Line Haplogroup J-M172
     The Seneca Dedmon/Manley Line goes back to Richard Manley born 1680 in New Kent County, Virginia. Thru Y-DNA testing and Family information we have confirmed that Seneca Dedmon's parents were Isaac Dennett Manley born 1755 and Mary Polly Deadman born 1778. At the 37 marker level this Family matches two Manley Families at a genetic distance of one. We do not believe this Family Line goes back to Debenham, England.


16. The Thomas Denham Line Haplogroup R-CTS3104
     The Thomas Denham Line goes back to Thomas Denham born 1834 in Glaskemore, Ulster, United Kingdom. At the 67 marker level this Family matches the Fleming Family at a genetic distance of six


17. The Virginia Denham Line Haplogroup I-M253
     The Virginia Denham Line goes back to David Denham born 1754 in Louisa County, Virginia. At the 67 marker level this Family matches the Bennett and Douglas Families at a genetic distance of six