The Y-DNA 12 marker test results of the descendant of the George Wade family of Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia), have come back and are now posted on my Wade Y-DNA Test Results page. There were two exact matches who shared the surname of Wade (or a variation thereof). One of these matches had a family tree connected to his test results, and I can clearly see he is also a descendant of George Wade, and he was kind enough to give me permission to include his partial lineage on my website. He is descended from a different son of George Wade than the descendant I had take the test, and they are both descended from a different son than my line descends from. Provided this match continues to hold up when refined to 37 markers, or preferably 67 markers, these results will go a long ways toward verifying the lineage back to George Wade, and subsequently trying to verify the correct ancestral family of George so that the line can be extended further back in time. This gets things off to a very good start.
While I have little doubt this match is accurate, given the vast amount of research and documentation available for the Monongalia County Wade family, for future comparisons against other potential Wade ancestral families, the match needs to be confirmed to at least the 37 marker level, and preferably to the 67 marker level. I’m working with the match to see about doing this test upgrade. In the meantime, the other match had no family tree connected to his results, and an email address that is no longer valid. I believe I have located an updated email address for him, and am now waiting to hear back as to whether it is indeed him, and if so, what his lineage is.
A descendant of George Wade (Senior) of Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia), contacted me back in April, after coming across my website while researching his family line. After he clarified his lineage, I realized he was a direct paternal line descendant of George, and asked him about DNA testing. He has been kind enough to agree to help me with testing, and his Y-DNA test is now pending.
There have been a couple of possible ancestral families for George Wade that researchers have proposed over the years. The vast majority of researchers attribute Andrew Whitta/Wade (who married Mary Picard) as being George’s father, while a few others attribute William Wade or Daniel Wade as being George’s father. I have yet to come across any documentation which firmly establishes who George’s father actually is. I’m hoping this pending DNA test may help to properly verify George’s father and ancestral line. Test results are expected by the middle of September.
Thanks to tips from two people who saw my call for a tester from the Stone family of early 1800s Pendleton County, Virginia (now West Virginia), I have now located someone who has agreed to proceed with testing. This particular Stone line is one I’ve considered to be a possible ancestral family for my own Stone line for several months now. There are several bits and pieces of circumstantial evidence that look to perhaps link the two family lines, but I have yet to come across any documentation which shows a conclusive connection. It will be nice to be able to, at long last, hopefully make a firm conclusion as to whether or not there is a close relationship between the two paternal lines using DNA evidence. Results of this pending test are expected to be back by the middle of September.
Besides the Pendleton County family, I have also had similar interest in the Stone family of early 1800s Greene County, Pennsylvania, due to the close proximity to Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia), and there having been at least one intermarriage between the two family lines. There is a contact I’m working with right now in regards to her nephew possibly being willing to test. Should he decide to proceed, I’ll post that a test candidate has been found. In the meantime, if anyone else knows of a direct paternal line descendant of the Stone family of early 1800s Greene County, Pennsylvania, who has taken a Y-DNA test, or may be interested in taking a Y-DNA test, please contact me.
As I posted about back on December 17th (http://wp.me/p3HOBY-aV), a descendant of Jacob Stone (http://danstone.info/g0/p302.htm) submitted a DNA sample for testing. The results of the first panel of twelve markers came back today, and the markers match exactly with the first panel of twelve markers of the DNA test I took. While a twelve marker match by itself is not very definitive, this is the first match I have had to my test even at just the basic twelve marker level. When the uniqueness of the match is taken into consideration with the three pieces of evidence I outlined in my December 17th post, I believe it is extremely likely the results of the comparison with the remaining twenty-five markers will support the conclusion that the Jacob Stone who moved to Iowa in 1854 is indeed almost certainly the son of my fourth great grandparents, Henry Stone (http://danstone.info/g0/p298.htm) and Margaret Murphy (http://danstone.info/g0/p299.htm), of Monongalia County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Results of the remaining markers are due back in the middle of March.
I’ve had more success in my search for testing candidates. After much looking, I managed to find a direct paternal descendant of Jacob Stone (http://www.danstone.info/g0/p302.htm), who was recorded in the Iowa state census of 1856 in Round Prairie Township, Jefferson County. I’ve long believed this is the same Jacob Stone who is the son of my fourth great grandfather, Henry Stone, although I have not yet linked Jacob (of the Iowa census) with Henry in my family tree [February 19, 2014 note: I have since linked them now that the DNA results are in]. There are three key reasons for my thinking they are the same Jacob Stone:
1) Jacob Stone’s birth of circa 1794 is consistent with the projected birth year range of Henry Stone’s children, and is also consistent with him later fighting in the War of 1812, which Henry Stone’s son, Jacob, is reported to have done.
2) Jacob Stone is recorded in the Iowa state census of 1856 in the household of George Stone (who I’m assuming is very likely his son). By matching up the children, it can be seen that this same George Stone and his family are recorded in the U.S. census of 1850 in Monongalia County, Virginia. Monongalia County is where James Stone (my third great grandfather) and Henry Stone are known to have lived.
3) James Stone is also recorded in the Iowa state census of 1856 in Round Prairie Township, Jefferson County. James, Jacob, and George are all recorded as having lived in Iowa for two years.
The results of this DNA test should finally allow me to prove or disprove whether this Jacob Stone is indeed Henry Stone’s son. Results are expected back in March 2014. In the meantime, I mailed off letters yesterday to a couple more potential test candidates, both direct paternal descendants of Henry Stone’s son, George Stone, who moved to Greene County, Pennsylvania.