At long last, Virginia Aldridge is able to conclusively prove what she and others had always suspected - that they are descended from the Stephen A. D. Bishop who is direct descendant of John Bishop II (1739-1828) of Chester Co. PA and Fauquier Co. VA (through his son John Bishop III and grandson Lemuel Newton Bishop). The results of recent familytreedna y-DNA testing by a male Bishop descendent of Stephen A. D. Bishop and my husband, who descends from John Bishop II's son Daniel, showed a 35 out of 37 marker match. From public records, we know that their common male Bishop ancestor is John Bishop II (1739-1828).
In an even more surprising development, familytreeDNA y-DNA results have confirmed that John Bishop (1759-1861) of Loudoun Co. VA and John Bishop II (1739-1828) of Fauquier Co. VA are related! The results of recent y-DNA testing by G. Tom Bishop and my husband confirm beyond a doubt that Tom’s ancestor, John Bishop (1759-1861) of Loudoun Co. VA and Belmont Co. OH, and my husband’s ancestor John Bishop II (1739-1828) of Chester Co. PA and Fauquier Co. VA have a common male Bishop ancestor, possibly John Bishop I (1698-). They matched on 36 out of 37 y-DNA markers. Prior to their y-DNA tests, no one had been able to connect these two Bishop families using traditional genealogical tools, e.g., public and private records.
Dr. Samuel Bishop in his book “Bishop and Lake Families” published in 1898, says that three Bishop brothers came to America from England and one went to Pennsylvania, one went to New York, and one went to South Carolina. He identified the one who went to PA as John Bishop I (1698-) the father of John Bishop II (1739-1828). No one has ever been able to confirm this account, but amazingly, through y-DNA testing, G. Tom Bishop has found that he is distantly related to two Bishop males whose Bishop ancestors are from the Carolinas. One matches Tom on 34 out of 37 markers and the other matches him on 26 out of 27 markers. So now Tom has Bishop lines in the Carolinas that he can investigate.
There have to be other Bishop connections waiting to be uncovered by y-DNA testing so we are encouraging other living Bishop males with Bishop patriarchs from Frederick Co. VA to undergo familytreeDNA y-DNA testing and to share their results here and on the Bishop DNA Project page.
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