Exciting news! A bunch of us Hooper researchers have A LOT of new relatives for this holiday season!
Recently completed Y-DNA testing proves Absalom Hooper (the pioneer of middle Tennessee) is of same lineage as are James Hooper (Indian fighter) and Absalom Hooper (the Revolutionary War soldier for South Carolina and Georgia). The Revolutionary War soldier Absalom is the one who settled in western North Carolina in what is now Jackson County.
Because of the names, researchers long had believed that the older Absalom (born before 1743) was some degree of relative to the western North Carolina brothers Absalom (born about 1764/5) and Clemmons (born 1770) Hooper.
With the new test, we now have scientific proof of the kinship.
Clay Hooper has posted the results from a 25-marker test for participant John Hooper (kit #71777) in the DNA table [Table 1] at his website
These results are a perfect match with what we've determined - via multiple testing of male descendants - must be the prototypical pattern for the James/Jesse/Absalom and his brother Clemmons/younger Andrew and younger Absalom Hooper lines.
This information is very suggestive that all of the men named Absalom or Absolom or Absolam or Absolem Hooper and born in the southern US before 1850 were blood relatives. The DNA from this most recent participant John Hooper represents the y-DNA from the earliest of the now known Absaloms.
The older Absalom Hooper (ancestor of the most recent DNA participant) is the one who married in SC in 1765, moved to the Natchez area in 1772, and reached Davidson County in 1783.
Many thanks to the Hooper DNA group for allowing me to make this announcement.
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