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  • Debbie Fields Murphy
    ... From: To: Cc: Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 5:52 PM Subject: [FIELDS] A Fields Y-DNA Project WANTED for
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 26, 2007

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      To: <FIELDS@...>
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      Sent: Sunday, June 24, 2007 5:52 PM
      Subject: [FIELDS] A Fields Y-DNA Project

      WANTED for participation in a Y-DNA Project:

      direct male to male to male descendants of:

      1) Stephen, Davis and Lansford Fields of Albemarle, Bedford and Pittsylvania
      Counties in Virginia, and Surry and Stokes Counties in North Carolina;

      2) John Fields in Bedford County, Virginia;

      3) Andrew Fields in Campbell County, Virginia, and

      4) Nathaniel Fields Sr. of Nansemond and Hanover Counties in Virginia, and
      Bertie, Northampton, Perquimans, Orange, Rowan, Guilford and Rockingham
      Counties in North Carolina.

      Several researchers with a common interest in the children, siblings and
      ancestors of Nathaniel Fields Sr. have for more than ten years collaborated
      in, and coordinated their research efforts. After examining hundreds of
      records ranging from the obvious to the obscure in a number of states,
      especially Virginia, it seems unlikely that proof of relationships will be
      found in official records. However, circumstantial evidence accumulated in
      this record search implies that Nathaniel may have been related to Stephen,
      Davis, Lansford, John and Andrew Fields.

      In similar situations, researchers are increasingly turning to DNA testing
      to solve difficult genealogical problems for which solutions have often
      eluded several generations of researchers. These circumstances led our
      Fields research group to the conclusion that the next logical step in trying
      to define the Fields family from which Nathaniel descends is to initiate a
      Y-DNA project to test at least two descendants of Nathaniel and at least one
      descendant each of Stephen, Davis, Lansford, John and Andrew Fields. If
      matches are found between Nathaniel’s Y-DNA and that of one or more of the
      other Fields tested, the earlier examination of Virginia records suggests
      that it may be possible to identify earlier generations of
      the family perhaps extending back into the mid to late 1600s. The first
      step in implementing the Y-DNA project described was taken two weeks ago
      when testing of a male to male descendent of Nathaniel’s son Obidiah Fields
      was initiated.
      Nathaniel Fields Sr. was born in Virginia no later than about 1715, and is
      believed to have been in Nansemond County, Virginia in 1736, in Bertie
      County, North Carolina in 1738, 1740 and 1741, in Northampton County, North
      in 1745 and 1748, in Hanover County, Virginia for some period in the early
      1750s, in Northampton County, North Carolina in 1752 and 1754, in Perquimans
      County, North Carolina in 1754, in Orange County, North Carolina in 1764,
      and in
      Rowan County, North Carolina in 1765 (in the part of that county that became
      Guilford County in 1770 and Rockingham County in 1785). Nathaniel died
      between 1773 and 1778.

      General information on the use of Y-DNA testing in genealogy is available on
      the home page for Family Tree DNA (under whose auspices our testing will be
      conducted) at the following link: http://www.familytreedna.com/

      The Fields Y-DNA Surname Project already underway is sponsored by World
      Families Network, about which more information is available at the following
      link. http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/f/fields/

      If you would like to learn more about our specific Fields Y-DNA project and
      what you might learn by participating, please let me know.

      Bill McAdams
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