|Earliest known ancestor of Group 7D|
|William Chandler b. England 1617 d. Newbury, MA USA 1679|
The largest group in the Chandler DNA Project has been designated Genetic Family Group 7. DNA test results place almost 100 participants in this group, the seventh such genetically connected family to be discovered by the project. It is believed the progenitor of all these participants lived in England; however, that common ancestor has not yet been identified. Consequently, based upon documented lineages from the year 1600 onwards, Genetic Family Group 7 has been divided into four subgroups: 7A, 7B, 7C and 7D.
While the actual location of William’s birth/baptism is unknown, there is reason to believe that he originates from the Wiltshire region. Some of the supporting rationale includes:
- The Newbury Plantation in Massachusetts was founded by 100 settlers from Wiltshire
- The English town of Newbury is actually in the county of Berkshire (pronounced Bark-sher), which is just across the county line from Wiltshire.
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