Burroughs (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of April 15, 2021:

  • Recruiting direct male-line descendants of James Burroughs for SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

Still to do as of April 15, 2021

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of James Burroughs to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

James Burroughs was born abt 1650 and died prob. in Bristol (now in RI) aft 10 Oct 1699. He married twice, first Hingham 8 Dec 1674 Sarah Church and second abt 1693 Anne/Ame ____.[1] By his first wife, James had four children: James (1677-1687), Mary (1679), Elizabeth (d. 1699) and Thomas (1685).

Second Generation

Thomas Burroughs was born Bristol (now in RI) 12 Jul 1685 and died prob. Newport, RI 16 Dec 1722. He married abt 1706 Abigail ____[2] and they had six children: William (c1707-1767 likely unm.), Freelove (c1709), Samuel (c1712), Mary (c1714), Benjamin (c1716-1740 unm.) and Peleg (c1722).

  1. While James had one son by his second wife, the child was not descended from a Mayflower passenger.
  2. After Thomas' death, Abigail married William Toppin.

DNA results TBD

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Burroughs DNA Project currently does not list anyone claiming James Burroughs as their most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor (MDKPA).

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of James Burroughs to WGS/NGS test to discover the haplogroup/clade for the family.

References & External Links

Wakefield, Robert S., Mayflower Families through Five Generations, Vol. 18 part II (daughters Mary, Annna & Elizabeth), General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA, 2011