What has been accomplished as of April 2007
FOUR Distinct US JAY Lines have now been Identified by DNA
During 2005-2006, the JAY DNA Project specifically tested known descendants of William JAY (m. Mary Vestal). The purpose of this was to establish a control group for this line. This helped us better understand the DNA marker variances that could be expected in a 'typical' ancestral line. This control group also enabled us to specifically establish the exact DNA haplotype of William JAY.
In September 2006, we tested two descendants of Thomas JAY (b. 1779) of Bedford Co. PA. The Bedford Co. PA JAY group is very large and boasts of 1000s of descendants throughout the US. Of interest, the results of these donors DID NOT match the haplotype for William JAY.
In November 2006, we received the test results from a descendant of Peter JAY (b. 1790) of Sussex Co. NJ / Lycoming Co. PA. His DNA matched neither that of William JAY or Thomas JAY (1779).
In January 2007, we obtained a breakthrough match from a descendant of the Rev. Patriot, Joseph JAY, born 1753 in NJ which connected him with the line of William Jay (m. Mary Vestal). This match will help descendants from both lines concentrate their research activities.
During April 2007, 3 more donors test results have been received...this data continues to help define JAY family relationships previously undocumented or incorrectly linked!!! For all the details concerning these results click here.
The following are the current 13 Colonial JAY lines we are actively researching and testing...
Most of these particular individuals are known to be at least second or third generation US citizens (not immigrants)...several may be cousins of some sort. The majority of the JAYs (~36%) in the US descend from William1711 (#2 above). The color coded lines indicate those that have been tested. DNA testing has already proven #2 to be related to #6 through a common earlier ancestor. DNA testing has proven #4 to be related to #9 through a common earlier ancestor. DNA testing has also shown #7 and #11 not related to the other tested lines or each other. You may click on the underlined ancestor name of each line to learn more about this group.
What Does this Tell Us?