Heald Family Genealogy Forum
So it seems we're not really Healds - at least not on the paternal side. DNA testing indicated we should be looking at Chandlers! 2 of the 4 founding families of Chester, Vermont (John's supposed birth place) were Healds and Chandlers. In 1786, the year of JEH's birth we have Mary Heald, daughter of Danial & Abigail Heald and John Elliott Chandler, son of John Chandler, living in the same community. What are the chances that the name coincidence and the DNA link prove otherwise. Hopefully further research will prove conclusively that John Elliott Chandler was JEH's father. (John E Chandler was either all ready married or married before JEH was born as he and his wife, Mary, had a son in April of 1787) So, we are probably descendants of John Heald of Concord through Mary Heald. More information on the Chandler family can be found on line in a book called The History of the Descendants of William and Annis Chandler who settled in Roxbury, Mass. 1637.
P.S. I'm doing the happy dance!!
P.P.S. DNA testing really did turn us in the right direction. Things don't always work out this quickly but DNA testing is really a good option.
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