Our Burgess DNA group leader says “We just received the 37-marker segment results of Ron’s Y-chromosome test, and it matches 36 out of 37 with Randolph and William’s numbers, and 35 out of 37 with Jaime’s. This isn’t a common set of markers generally, so I have to think that all you folks have a common male ancestor.” ” The coincidence is simply too great to be accidental. More than likely, one of the Hale males was Ron’s ancestor.” “This is a significant cluster of DNA matches. My experience tells me it’s a valid one. If the number set was more common, I would immediately question any possible connection, in the absence of hard evidence–but these are UNCOMMON numbers, folks, with a tested Haplogroup of I1b (from Ron).”
- Randolph Hale has traced his line to the Nicholas Hale line, a well documented line going back to Baltimore in the 1600’s. The Hales became land and real estate developers. Decendents settled many western areas into the 1800’s. One of these settlements was in Bedford (Franklin) County, VA. Called Hales Crossing on the Staunton River, just five miles from where Keziah lived with the Nichols family.
- The other is William Chilcote. Not as much is known about his line, but this is a surprise to him. We will try to crack more of this mystery.
As I interpret the charts on the Family DNA charts, this means that Armstead’s line has a 90% to 95% probability that we are related at 8 to 12 generations, but a 95% to 99% probability at over 14 generations.
I am the 6th generation from Armstead’s father. This is about an 80% probability. It is possible that Armstead’s father was not himself a Hale by surname, so we may really know who he was, but Hales surnames were in the vicenty so we can speculate about who some candidates may be, subjects for future posts.