How does one determine what surname had original "possession" of a particular YDNA when the match is 109/111?
In an effort to push my surname history earlier than the years of John Pelfrey of Henry County, Virginia (lifespan of about 1740 to about 1804) I took a YDNA Test. Surprisingly, my results matched several males of another surname (many of this surname had been tested) very closely. After upgrading with FTDNA, I ended up with an 109/111 match to two males of the other surname.
Since only one Pelfrey had had only an entry level test, I found a first cousin to test and also upgraded the entry level test of the first one. The previously tested remote cousin descended from Joseph, a son of John, who would be the patriarch for the SC and GA Families. My ancestor, Thomas, was a brother to Joseph, Thomas and another brother, James who came to Tennessee along with sister Elizabeth P Qualls and sister. Sarah P. Hanna about 1800.
The descendants of Thomas, Joseph (and oldest brother William Pelfrey the KY patriarch) have been separated for about 213 years yet the tests matched. I hope to find a Pelphrey/Pelfrey descendant to take the painless swab-inside-the-cheek test using the free test on the Pelfrey Project on the FTDNA.com website.
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