Church (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 1, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line descendants of Richard Church for further 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 September 30, 2020

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


First Generation

Richard Church was born in England about 1608 and died in Dedham 26 Dec 1668. He emigrated to New England in 1630, but which ship he came over on is currently unknown. He was a carpenter, and originally came to help settle Wessagusset [Weymouth] in Massachusetts Bay Colony. He soon moved to Plymouth where he married Elizabeth Warren 7 Mar 1636/7. The family moved to Nauset (now Eastham) in 1649, but was in Charlestown by 1652, and finally at Hingham by 1654.

Richard and Elizabeth had ten children; five daughters and five sons (Joseph, Benjamin, Nathaniel, Charles [d.y.] and Caleb)

Second Generation

Joseph Church was born abt 1638 and died Little Compton (now in RI) abt 5 Mar 1711. He married 13 Dec 1660 Mary Tucker and they had ten children (first nine born Hingham, youngest at Little Compton): Joseph (1662), Elizabeth (1664), Mary (1666), John (1668), Alice (1670), Benjamin (1672), Sarah (1673), William (1675), Deborah (1677) and Abigail (1680).

Nathaniel Church was born Duxbury abt 1641 and died Scituate 1689. He married abt 1665 Sarah Barstow and they had seven children: Abigail, Richard, Nathaniel, Alice, Joseph, Charles and Sarah.

(Col.) Richard Church was born abt 1642 and died Little Compton (now in RI) 17 Jan 1718/9. He married Duxbury 26 Dec 1667 Alice Southworth and they had at least six children: Thomas (c1674), Constant (1676), Edward (1680), Charles (1682), Elizabeth (1684) and Nathaniel (1686-1687).

Caleb Church was born Plymouth 8 Aug 1647 and died Watertown bef 27 Jun 1722. He married three times, first Hingham 16 Dec 1667 Joanna Sprague, second bef 8 Jun 1680 Deborah ___ and third 6 Nov 1691 Rebecca ____ Scottow. He is only known to have had children by his first wife: Hannah, Ruth, Lydia, Caleb, Joshua, Abigail, Isaac, Rebecca

DNA results R1b-CTS4188

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Church DNA Project Lists six male Church's in Subgroup: R1b - Lineage V - Richard Church of Plymouth. None of these individuals have done any Y-SNP testing, but they have all done Y-STR 67 testing, with one member completing 111 Y-STR testing. Plugging in the 111 STR values into the haplogroup predictor[1] the predictor gives an 80.4% chance the family falls under the R1b DF27>Z196>L176.2>CTS4188> S11121 haplogroup and a 8.1% of falling under R1b DF27>Z196>L176.2>CTS4188>BY3252[2]

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of Richard Church to WGS/NGS test to both confirm the haplogroup as well as to refine it further and delineate descendant clades.

  1. refined for R1b clades
  2. With an 11.5% chance of falling outside of these two haplogroups.

Summary of findings

References & External Links

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