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Early Chesapeake DNA Project on Family Tree DNA

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    Posting for Sarah Lewis: Hello - I am the Group Administration of the Early Chesapeake DNA Project on Family Tree DNA. Learn more about this new project at
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2008
      Posting for Sarah Lewis:
      Hello -
      I am the Group Administration of the Early Chesapeake DNA Project on Family Tree DNA. Learn more about this new project at 
      . Would you mind sending members of your group an email to ask that if they have roots in the Chesapeake Bay region they consider joining our group?
      Thanks for your interest and help.
      Sara E. Lewis  .  Marketing Communications
      107 Oxford Circle  .  Williamsburg, VA 23185
      757-220-2042  .  757-784-0344 
      http://www.saraelewis.com    SaraELewis@... 
      The project administrator has taken on this project as a volunteer with a long-term interest in adding to the body of knowledge on settlement in the Chesapeake Bay region. It is hoped that the application of DNA genealogy will illuminate family connections and that this may be combined with information from primary documents to expand our understanding of the origins of emigrants from the Old World, especially England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.

      Many participants have already shared their stories with her, which are typical of those about Chesapeake Bay region ancestors. Some came as adventurers to seek opportunity in the New World. Most were indentured or otherwise from the fringes of the British Isles, victims of land enclosure and population pressures. Usually, little is known about them before they arrived here.

      An interest in exploring the DNA roots of early Chesapeake settlers began with the Group Administrator's research in Mathews County, Virginia, located on Virginia's Middle Peninsula. Most of her ancestors emigrated from England, Scotland and Wales to Mathews or emigrated from these countries to resettle in Mathews from neighboring Chesapeake counties (especially Middlesex and the Virginia Eastern Shore) between the mid-1600s and mid-1800s.

      As an author and freelance writer (www.saraelewis.com), she hopes to draw conclusions from this project for use in future publications. If anything is published, no reference will be made to participants or their ancestors without permission.

      Those with surnames and family histories linking them to the area are invited to join. The surnames listed on the Background page are related to her Mathews County research, but participation in the group is not limited to them.

      About Mathews, Virginia:

      Mathews was formed in 1790 from Gloucester County, Virginia. Hugh Gwynn of Wales was an early settler whose land patents extended along the Piankatank River. Gwynn's Island bears his name and Milford Haven, the body of water that separates the Island from the Mathews mainland, is a clue to his Welsh roots. Other 1600s land records for the area that became Mathews include the names Armestead (Armistead), Bohannon, Billups, Curtis, Davis, Degges (Diggs), Dudley, Elliot, Forrest, Lillie (Lilly), Ludlow, Marchant, Mechen (Mecham), Morgan, Putnam, and others.

      The boundaries of Gloucester County's colonial period Kingston Parish include most of modern day Mathews. The parish vestry’s register of marriages and births from 1749 to 1827 remains a key tool for genealogists. The modern county is still populated by many descendants of its earliest settlers.
      The project is by no means limited to Mathews county. Feel free to forward.
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