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From: "Marty Grant" <>
Subject: DNA Testing shows proven descendant of Col. John George not related to descendants of Nicholas George
Date: Sun, 28 May 2006 03:54:07 -0400
Hi George cousins and friends,
As many of you know, it has long been thought that my ancestor Col. John George (c1603 England - 1679 Isle of Wight Co., VA) and Nicholas George were brothers. This theory has been around since before I was born.
I personally wasn't sure about it, but was willing to accept it pending some proof. The main "evidence" of their relationship was that both men were about the same age and they both lived in Isle of Wight Co., VA for a time (though Nicholas didn't live there very long). They also had a common friend in Thomas Taberer (Nicholas had a land grant with him, and he was executor of John's Will). This bits suggested John and Nicholas knew each other (probably did) and may be related (probably not).
Several descendants of Nicholas George have participated in the George DNA study and not surprisingly, they all match each other. However, we have waited awhile for a descendant of Col. John George to participate. That finally happened. A well documented descendant took the DNA test and his results are in. He doesn't match the Nicholas George DNA profile, not even close.
This means that John and Nicholas were not brothers, and not related at all, at least not paternally (DNA testing doesn't prove / disprove other types of relationships).
As I mentioned above, *several* Nicholas George descendants have taken the DNA test, but only one John descendant. It would be nice if we could get another John descendant into the mix, just to be sure of everything. Two results are always better than one, just to make sure there are no flukes or otherwise unknown "non paternity events".
For more info on the George DNA study, go to the website:
This latest info hasn't been updated yet, but the data already there is certainly fascinating.
p.s. I am getting very close to completing my book on Col. John George and descendants. It is just over 1000 pages long and will have to be in two volumes. Check my website for updates.
Marty Grant (Marvin Grant Jr)