30 Sep 2004 - the GLOVER Surname Project was announced.
May 2010- Scholarship program started
Glover Surname DNA Project Update
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Current method of DNA Subgrouping using DYS markers protocol:
1) classification first by Haplogroup:
Current Haplogroups in this project are:
2) further discussion of the largest DNA group which has at least 14
different DNA lines:
Largest Haplogroup is R1b1a2 (Atlantic Modal Haplogroup)
By necessity, it has first been subdivided into 4 subgroups based on
the value of the 2nd DYS marker called 390:
3) Subgrouping of the subgroups of Haplogroup R1b1a2
Currently,the 4 Groups above are comprised of 14 subcatagories,
which until otherwise proved differently would seem to indicate that we
are looking at 14 patriarchal Glover men.
Our current practice has been to start a new subgroup whenever there
are more than 2 or 3 points of difference between the testees.
Execeptions to this practice do happen, and that is when the
differences happen in fast mutating markers.
Group 23 has 4 subcatagories
Group 24 has 8 subcatagories
Group 25 has 1 subcatagory
Group 26 has 1 subcatagory
4) using paper trails to aid in determining subcatagories:
First of all, let's look at Group 25 and Group 26. Each group appears
by DNA and paper trails to contain one distinct ancestor.
--Group 25 contains 2 individuals who previously did not know each
other, but both lived in the Raleigh NC area. The paper trails seem to
suggest that there were at least 2 brothers in this area of NC who
each left male descendents.
--Group 26 contains 6 individuals who descend from the 5 Brothers of
Maryland. The oral tradition is that the 5 brothers moved from
Maryland across the Potomac River into Northern VA, and from there
4 brothers moved first to Wilkes Co NC, then down into Georgia.
One brother remained in Georgia, while 3 brothers moved to
Madison Co AL.
The 5th brother is believed to be Richard Glover of Sullivan Co TN,
who never went to GA. All of these brothers apparently served in the
Of interest in this group 26 is man with kit #111865 and a different
surname who has a rather convincing history & likelihood of being
fathered by someone in this group way back when they were still in
Northern Virginia and neighbors to the family he belongs to.
--Now lets look at Group 23, which is tentatively divided into 4
The first subgroup contains by a paper trail and matching DNA the
descendents of three brothers named Nehamiah, Samuel & Amos
Glover. They have a unique null value at Marker 425. The
descendents moved westward into West Virginia and Ohio, but at the
time of the Rev War they lived near Sussex Delaware
The 2nd subgroup consists of 2 men who trace back to James Glover
b 1800 Scotland. No other info is provided. They did not test for DYS
425, but have been excluded from the first subgroup by virtue of the
fact that none of the researchers have come across this James in their
The 3rd subgroup consists of 1 man who can trace back to
Southampton Co Virginia and has an extremely high likelihood of
being from a Glover family originally out of Salem Massachusetts.
The project would benefit from having another male from the Salem
MA line to verify that it is the same DNA.
The 4th subgroup consists of one male living in Alabama. No history
has been provided.
Now to look at the largest R1b1a2 group which is classified as
Group 24. It has 8 subcatagories, which were determined by DNA
differences AND paper trails.
For ease, they can be called 24A, 24B, 24C, 24D, 24E, 24F, 24G, &
First, marker DYS 391was used to divide the test results into 3
catagories: value 10, value 11, and value 12. Then further
comparison of the other DYS markers were used to further fine tune
24A value 10 Nebraska roots..1 member
24B value 10 Preston County Virginia..2 members
24C value 10 Canada/South Dakota...2 members
24D value 11...2 members Newnan Georgia area
24E value 11....3 members Shenendoah Valley VA area
24F value 11....1 member Giles Co TN to TX
24G value 11...1 member Hale Co AL
24H value 12....4 members from diverse areas GA/MD/FL/ILL. None
of these members has any kind of paper trail to connect them to each
other. The most puzzling group to date.
The largest percentage of Glover's to date have all seemed to have
roots from Maryland and Virginia before their dispersals. Very few
Glover's from the North have joined this project. We currently have
2 member from Australia, with a 3rd Australian currently in the
testing phase. We also have one from Canada.
As with any population, there are going to be children born out of
wedlock or adopted into Glover Surname families. That's OK! They
get to be their own Patriarch's of a Glover Clan & we welcome them
with open arms and hearts. We have several instances of this
happening. It's just as likely that there were children fathered by a
Glover who were born into or adopted into other surname
families...we do have one or two examples of that also. We have
also chased paper trails of men whose male line died out, meaning
that we may have lost a Patriarch line who could have been a link to
helping us solve a mystery.
We hope that anyone who thinks that they or a male relative are the last male of a line will contact us.