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Whose line is it anyway?

Started by Jennifer Eklund, PLCGS. Last reply by Paul Wright Nov 10, 2016. 7 Replies

Wrights of Georgetown SC

Started by Barb Feb 15, 2013. 0 Replies

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Comment by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on March 26, 2017 at 10:29am

Gerald Sanford Hayes and others, if your Indian lineage is more than 5 gens back it probably won't show is what  I am told.  I have several lines and almost 2 00 years back not more recent. So it showed on my Aunt's DNA but not on mine. Had long talk with DNA people about it.  Some Indian lines are farther back into the 1600's.Sure wish I had been able to do my four Great Grandmoms and Dad's.  It also seems to make a difference if Y or Mt.  I have both sides almost all lines.

Comment by Gerald S. Hayes U.E. on March 26, 2017 at 12:57am

Hi folks: Haven't posted for some time. just reading up a bit. It's funny but Native blood rumors abounded in my family as well. Y- Dna and Genealogy proved this  was untrue. No native blood at all. A branch of my Plymouth Wright family settled in Ct. At Winchester and stayed right there for 7 generations. They are still there. My eighth cousin came to visit me here in Ontario where I live this summer past. He was also one of the cousins I had test for Family Tree Dna. If anyone is interested I could post the Three certificates. Y- Dna mutates very slowly and 37 markers for family proof are the best. You can actually Identify up to 12 generations and after that there is 67 marker 111 and even more. big Y they call it

Comment by Jay H. Wright on March 21, 2017 at 6:07pm


funny history story here... Been reading up on colonial Connecticut and one of the books I've read was by a gal named Smith whose ancestors had all been ministers beginning in very early colonial CT.

This is a GREAT read by itself...

Anyway - The first one was located in Wethersfield CT which was one of the earliest CT towns. Apparently he was the third in a line of ministers because the town residents had left Watertown MA - which was the big one very early on in that period -  in a huff due to religious and voting disputes between very conservative and more moderate Puritan factions (my Olmstead ancestors led by Thomas Hooker also left at the same time). The previous ministers had been forced to leave by a faction in the town led by... Wait for it... Thomas Wright - our Vermont Branch Ancestor.... :D:D:D. He was one of the younger sons of the Baron Sir Wright back in England. Guess that with so few folks in the colony back then there was a lot of overlap...

:D  Best Regards.


Comment by Susi (Susan C Jones) Pentico on February 7, 2017 at 9:38pm

Ok, heads up, what I was told , ?? was if the Indian is more than 6 generations back it does not show up generally when it is 9 and 10 generations. etc.  DNA is changing and maybe some day we can afford one that will tell us more.

They found the Indian in my Aunts dna but not  mine so carries plausiblitiy.

Comment by Jay H. Wright on February 7, 2017 at 5:23pm
I'll bet the "A" in my GGrandfather's name is Abel as well - I haven't traced it yet...
Comment by Jay H. Wright on February 7, 2017 at 5:21pm
Also, when you do the Sherburne research (see my tree) you'll find Augustus is a recurring name in the family - One of them born in 1916 died in 2006 according to SS records... I'm thinking I'm right on the conclusion about how he got his name.


Comment by Jay H. Wright on February 7, 2017 at 5:18pm

Amazing way to meet! :D It's funny you mention the family myth about American Indian blood - one of the things my dad told me was there may be some Abenaki Indian in our line somewhere and the Abenaki's had a strong presence in that region of Vt at the time - particularly Swanton. My Great Grandmother Louisa and GFather George ended up in Norwalk Ct (Silvermine). He started as a stockboy at Nash Engineering Company (which is now part of United Technologies) in the early 1900's and retired as a VP in the 60's. He died in 1968 of a huge ulcer... Louisa died in 1954 in Silvermine and we lived in that old house for years until we moved to Ca. I am actually planning to visit Vt to see some of those towns... A bit of family trivial history - one of his best friends was Johnny Gruelle who wrote all of the Raggedy Ann books (he lived in Silvermine as well) and the original Raggedy Ann and Andy in the Deep Deep Woods edition was dedicated "To George B. Wright, Norwalk Connecticut"... :D
Comment by Jay H. Wright on February 7, 2017 at 5:07pm

haven't done that yet but I think I'll run a DNA on myself. I'll publish when I get the results.


Comment by Paul Wright on February 7, 2017 at 4:46pm
Does any one have Wrights with a haplogroup of I1a M253? My earliest Wright is only my great grandfather from IN or MI... Born circa 1860.
Comment by Christopher Wright on February 7, 2017 at 4:42pm

Incredible research cousin! I'm in Amesbury, MA now, but still know a lot of Wright's/Heald's in Highgate/Swanton. I'd followed a similar path back and came to a similar conclusion. I'd be happy to share a .ged file. Family mythology hinted at Native American ancestry for old Augustus, but I've used DNA tests from both Ancestry & 23&me w/no trace of this (apparently pretty easy to detect). Interesting "factoid": the family seems particularly enamored with preservation of forebears via names. We've still got Wright's named Bradley and Velma now (Velma of Plattsburgh, NY just passed last year), both of which can be solidly traced back to much earlier days. I've a great-uncle named Abel! Great tip! Also, my other major lineage traces back to a founder of MA Bay Colony, see esp. William Field(s). Many families of the era seemed to have followed similar migrations northwards. Can't wait to see what I've got on Sherburne's. Yours is a great tip that I'd previously set aside in notes but discounted. Funny that I ended up just a few minutes from Goffstown.


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