The Joines/Joynes/Jines DNA Project - Results

The first two test are back and we have a 99% match! One of these test is from Ezekiel Joines' line through his son Thomas' descendant and the other is from Ezekiel's son Edmund Joines' descendant.
This answers a question that has puzzled researchers for years: Was Edmund a son of Ezekiel's? In several documents (including Ezekiel's will from 1803) Edmund Joines is refered to as "alias Edmund Gunter". this opens up the possibility that Edmund was not Ezekiel's son. The results of this test prove that he was indeed Ezekiel's son.

The results of these first test indicate that we are from the Haplo group K2. K2 is a rare haplo group. This opens up a lot more questions. Here is some information about the K2 group: (This was submitted by a Joines Family researcher, Joyce Joines Newman)

Less than 1 percent of the population worldwide belongs to K2. There isn't a lot of information about it because so few people who've done DNA testing belong to this group. The most well known member so far is Thomas Jefferson, whose family was said to have come from Wales, just as the Joines family may have. It has been found in other British men from the York area not related to Jefferson. I found several US DNA study reports where they are K2 and also say they're from Wales.
K2 is a subgroup of the K haplogroup that probably originated in Southeast Asia around 30,000 years ago. I'm attaching a PDF of an article that is the best one I've found so far about it.
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Here's a summary:

K haplogroup:

'Y-Adam' > M168 > M89 > > M9
The marker M9 first appeared in a man born around 40,000 years ago in
present day Iran or south-central Asia. This marked a new lineage diverging from the M89 Middle Eastern clan. His descendants spent the next 30,000 years populating much of the planet.
This large linage, called the Eurasian Clan, dispersed gradually over
thousands of years. Seasoned hunters followed the herds ever eastward, along the vast 'highway' of the Eurasian Steppe. Eventually their path was blocked by the massive mountain ranges of south-central Asia: the Hindu Kush, the Tian Shan and the Himalayas. These three mountain ranges meet in the center of a region known as the Pamir Knot, located in present-day Tajikistan. Here the tribes of hunters split into two main groups. Some moved north into central Asia, others moved south into what is now Pakistan and the Indian subcontinent. These different migration routes through the Pamir Knot region gave rise to separate lineages. Most people of the Northern Hemisphere trace their roots to the Eurasian Clan. Nearly all North Americans and East Asians are descended from this man, as are most Europeans and many Indians.

K2 haplogroup:

'Y-Adam' > M168 > M89 > > M9 > M70

Not all M9 descendants challenged the problem of the Pamir Knot. Others stayed in the relatively fertile environment of the Near East.There some 30,000 years ago, the marker M70 appeared and today defines this Haplogroup K2. Ancient members of the K2 dispersed across the Mediterranean region.

The K2 lineage is presently found only at low frequencies in Africa, Asia and in the Middle East. This specific line is found at low frequency in Southern Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East.
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Backbone SNP test results are: M70 which is a confirmation of the K2 haplogroup.

The results are in for the test on a descendant of George W. Joines from Giles County, Tennessee. The results indicate that there is a 99% chance that the descendants of George Joines and the descendants of Ezekiel Joines have an anscestor in common. George Joines is believed to have been a son of Thomas Joines who lived in Giles County. Census records indicate that Thomas was born in Maryland about 1785.

The results of the second SNP test are M70+. This again confirms that we belong in the K2 haplogroup.

The results have been returned for the descendant of Joseph Joines. There is a 99% chance that the descendants of Joseph Joines of Kentucky, the descendants of George Joines of Tennessee, and the descendants of Ezekiel Joines of North Carolina have an ancestor in common.

A branch of the Joseph Joines Family changed the spelling to Jines. The member that has been tested uses the Jines spelling. This proves that the Jines variation and the Joines variation are descendant from a common ancestor.

A member has joined the project that is a documented descendant of Edmund Joynes. Test results have been returned and this member is a match with every other member that has been tested, to date. This means every member has a common ancestor. Could that ancestor be Edmund Joynes? Edmund lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the late 1600's and died there about 1712. Only further research will determine this.