BenHWhitney DNA Story
I came to WhitneyGen.org with the information shown under the heading, "Summary of Known Paternal Ancestors," shown below. After searching without success for the parents of 'my Samuel' for years, I finally joined the Whitney Family DNA Project four months ago. I sent a sample of my DNA to Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) on 14 Feb 2007; and they assigned Kit #82140 to me. This is a report on the results:
First, I have found that our personal history is recorded in our DNA. It is like a birth certificate, not as easy to read, but far more detailed -- and accurate. It is the history of our human nature, personally! -- It pertains to me and to those from whom I am descended. Thomas Jefferson must have comprehended this by revelation when he wrote in our Declaration of Independece of "the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle" us. He went on to say, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, ..." that is what our DNA is, among other things, our 'unalienable right' to life, and the record of our origin.
Second, I have found I am descended from John1 Whitney who came to Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1635. That was our family tradition; DNA testing confirmed it. FTDNA wrote on 5 Apr 2007 that there was another person in the study with whom "there is a 99% likelihood that you share a common ancestor in a generational time frame"; that is statistic-eze for 'John1 Whitney of Watertown, MA.' Tim Doyle of Whitney Research Group (WRG) followed up the next day with a report, "I can tell you at this time that you are almost certainly a descendant of the immigrant John1 Whitney. You match his 'standard signature profile' in 64 out of 67 markers." So, that is Generation #1: John1 & Elinor Whitney who came to Watertown, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, in 1635.
Third, I have found that I am descended from Thomas2 Whitney who came as a 7-year-old boy, along with his parents, in 1635. This section is not as 'official' as the foregoing, but just as good -- and maybe better. My statistician was Gail Anderson, WRG member and fellow-researcher into Whitneys of Ontario County, New York. She has a Master of Counseling degree during which she studied statistical analysis, understands DNA, and volunteered to analyze my results. Earlier I quoted from Thomas Jefferson; allow me to do so again, toward of the end of the Declaration, where we read: "... with firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge ...," etc. I suggest that It is our 'firm reliance on' the leading and direction of that same 'Divine Providence' which has wrought this analysis. It was the statistician who first noticed the set of four men in the study ("Four Whitney Cousins" she calls us) who were closely related, and so performed the analysis. Here are the results:
1) All four of us are descended from John1, Thomas2, and Eleazar3.
2) One of us is descended from Thomas4.
3) Two are descended from Jonas5 and Jacob6, and
4) I am descended from Elnathan4 and Aaron5.
Thus I have found that, through the Whitney Surname DNA Project, and through the analysis of the results thereof, the ancestors of 'my Samuel' are: John1, Thomas2, Eleazar3, Elnathan4, and Aaron5. That results in 'my Samuel' becoming Samuel6 Whitney.
Summary of Known Paternal Ancestors:
- Samuel6 Whitney, m. Cynthia Powers
- Benjamin7 Whitney, m. Maria Kemble Edwards
- Joseph Gilbert8 Whitney, m. Matilda A. Morris
- Elmer Franklin9 Whitney, m. Emma E. Schroeppel
- Loid Elmer10 Whitney, m. Grace Mae Whitney
- Benjamin Howard11 Whitney (that's me), m. Elizabeth Loraine Herrera.
Thus there was formed a new union of England and Spain, not in the Old World, but in the New World, in America, at the "uttermost part of the earth" -- San Francisco, California!