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I ( Karl David Wright ) have a number (actually, quite a large number) of supposedly 2nd-4th DNA cousins who have a very specific overlap with me on Chromosome 3. The problem is that although I have decent trees for several of them, I cannot for the life of me figure out where they all intersect. There's no doubt that they share a (relatively close) common ancestor, but so far I've come up empty.

In my experience so far, "2nd-4th" really means as distant as 8th cousin, so to find the commonality we presumably have to go back that far. In many cases the trees provided do not, and there are Mystery People as well. This, I hoped, would be resolved if I just chased the trees of enough Chromosome 3 Cousins. So far, though, no commonality has yet appeared.

This project is about finding that commonality, which should be very interesting because many of the matches appear to have something to do with Kentucky or Tennessee, and none of my ancestors came from there.

Here are the root profiles in Geni for the Chromosome 3 Cousins I've at least partially populated so far:

A non-conjectural relationship, for Robert Patterson, has been found:

This match, then, seems to relate to the Hakes and Hammes. The other matches therefore should relate in a similar way, in order for the DNA overlaps to be similar.

Note that it is possible for there to be more than one common ancestor. In this analysis, it doesn't appear that a second, same-ballpark common ancestor is possible with my tree as it is known. But further work must be done to rule out other unknown relationships. In my case, Northern Ireland matches via Wright, Ewing, or Lithgow have to be eliminated - but matches via these families all overlap different chunks of DNA than the section of Chromosome 3 we are talking about.

I've found ways of tying together the trees for Jennifer Rote and Daniel Kohlenberg to the Hakes. These relationships rely on some conjecture since multiple individuals would equally well satisfy the DNA constraint as it is currently known. Anna Highter, on the other hand, is completely mysterious still at this time. More on that subject later.

For Timothy Turner, the picture is more complicated. He is definitely related at the ninth cousin level this way:

However, this is not a descent from the Hakes or Hammes. So the question is, is there another (closer) way that goes through these expected families? Note that the above path goes through the Ban de la Roche families of Waldersbach, France. Strangely enough, Robert Patterson's tree also includes a likely Waldersbach immigrant aboard the Princess Augusta, here:

So, perhaps the Chromosome 3 Cousins are in fact descended from Princess Augusta passengers, who were strongly interrelated before they left Europe, and consisted of Swiss and French immigrants largely.

I've put considerable effort into figuring out the Noel family, specifically where father Joseph was born (turns out to be St. Stail, about 10 miles from Bellefosse), and who he married. His FindAGrave wife is listed as Margaretha Griffin, from Wales, who would have had to marry Joseph in Bas-Rhin in order to have a family to emigrate with aboard the Princess Augusta. That's pretty unlikely so I currently interpret Margaretha Griffin as being a second wife, and this seems plausible because there is a gap in the ages of the children that could mean a new wife in the New World. But we still don't know who the first wife is, and it would be her from whom the relationship, if any, would come. There are a number of Ban de la Roche families whose female children would serve, but we haven't as yet even established the need for there to be a DNA relationship between the Noels and the Waldersbach families.

Chromosome analysis of close cousins of mine who are not descended from the Ban de la Roche families but are descended from the Hakes and Hammes, shows that the Chromosome 3 overlap appears in them as well. This gives some confidence that the Ban de la Roche relationships, while interesting, are not the primary relationship.

But given that, I still haven't found a good link for Timothy Turner. The following profile is the best clue I've had:

Nobody knows this wife, and her birthdate is consistent with a family who emigrated from Germany in the mid-1700s. She could be a Hake or Hamme. It would especially be interesting to find the ship that Jacob was on and see if that happened to be the same ship that one of the three target families also emigrated on. Turns out it's not, but if we assume First Wife is really a Hamme, we get this relationship:

This adequately satisfies the DNA constraint.

As for Kristen McCullen, many branches of her family are clearly not related, e.g. the Swedish side and the parts of the McClellen side that go directly back to Germany. That leaves the McClellan and Richardson sides. I was able to rule out the Richardson side with some additional effort, and some back-and-forth with the McClellen descendants confirms that the McClellen line is only known with certainty back through William b.1825 in Tennessee.

But there are genetic matches I was told about that point back to McClellands in Pennsylvania, who married into the Ewing clan early on, in addition to the likely match I have with the McClellens of Tennessee and Missouri. It turns out that one branch of the McClelland family did settle in York County, Pennsylvania, and also there is an unknown wife of one McClelland ancestor named "Mary". I believe, therefore, she may have been a Hamme (or a Hoeck, but the names didn't work out well with the Hoecks). Furthermore, one York County McClelland son (James, b.1793) and his wife Rebecca disappeared from the records and nobody knows what happened to them. A strong possibility is that they emigrated to Tennessee. So I have made a tentative connection there. The final path: