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"Non paternal event" in Warren Township, c1794: CODDINGTON/CORYELL
Posted by: Lea Coryell (ID *****3133) Date: May 16, 2010 at 09:25:07
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I'm seeking comments and/or advice, particularly from those who are knowledgeable about DNA testing, "non paternal events," CODDINGTONs, CORYELLs, Somerset County, land indentures, bondsmen, and NJ adoption practices during the latter 18th century.

My earliest documented CORYELL ancestor is Richard F. CORYELL (1794-1845), parents unknown, of Mt. Horeb, Warren Township, Somerset County, NJ.

I recently completed Y-DNA testing. So did a fourth cousin once removed (we are descended from different sons of Richard). The result: a 45/45 match.

Next, I tested my haplogroup. It is I1 (confirmed).

Traditional paper documentation recognizes Abraham CORYELL (also spelled CORIELL & CORRIELL) as progenitor of the CORYELLs in America. He flourished in Piscataway, Middlesex County, NJ around 1702. I always assumed Richard would prove to be related to him.

Recently, three men who are documented descendants of Abraham completed Y-DNA testing. Two are seventh cousins to each other and the third is their eighth cousin (they are descended from two different sons of Abraham). The results: the eighth cousin matches the other two 35/37 and 34/37. The two seventh cousins match 34/37. All share a predicted haplogroup of E1b1b1. Conclusion: Richard is not biologically related to Abraham.

Next, I learned that I am--genetically--a CODDINGTON (the CODDINGTONs have a well established, ongoing DNA Study).

CODDINGTONs were--and are--numerous in Warren Township. Their recognized progenitor (in Warren Twp.) is Isaac CODDINGTON (1720-1776). Isaac had three sons: Benjamin (1756-1835), Archibald (1757-1822), and John (1761-1844). John was married in 1808. His brothers were married in 1780 and c1777. I have a 67/67 match with a direct descendant of Archibald.

Richard F. CORYELL and his family associated with many CODDINGTONs. John CODDINGTON (1761-1844) sold Richard land in 1832. The same John CODDINGTON also bought land from David A. CORYELL (1758-1835) in 1798 and 1802 (it wasn't the same property he later sold to Richard). In fact, John bought half of David's property in 1798. He bought the other half in 1802, when David moved to New York State (was John living in David's household during those four years?). Also, the two men served together in the same Somerset County Militia Company during the Revolution.

Two sons of John CODDINGTON served as bondsmen during the settlement of Richard's estate (George Washington CODDINGTON and Reuben CODDINGTON; the other bondsmen were Richard's sons John and Isaiah and a neighbor named Amos J. MOFFETT). John CODDINGTON's wife and children are all buried within a stone's throw of Richard in Mt. Horeb Cemetery. John himself is buried about a half mile away, in the CODDINGTON/VAN TUYL Cemetery.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

I strongly suspect Richard F. CORYELL is the biological son of John CODDINGTON and the adopted son of David A. CORYELL.

Does the forum have any comment and/or advice? What do you think of my case so far, and what more can I do?

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