Little (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 1, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line Thomas Little descendants for further SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)
  • Y-SNP predicted to fall under R1b L21>>L513>S5668>A7

Still to do as of October 1, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of Thomas Little to firmly place family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

Thomas Little[1] was born likely in England about 1607.[2] The first known record for him was a tax list of Plymouth Colony for 25 Mar 1633. He married in Plymouth 19 Apr 1633 to Ann Warren. Thomas was buried at Marshfield on 12 Mar 1671/2.

They had nine children; five daughters and four sons (Isaac, Ephraim, Thomas and Samuel)

Second Generation

  1. biography of Thomas Little
  2. Date estimated based on date married

DNA results R1b L21>>L513>S5668>A7

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Little DNA Project Subgroup: "i. MRCA unknown; Ireland; early Marshfield Massachusetts; Haplogroup R1b-L193; further testing necessary to establish lineage" lists five individuals, one whom states his Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor (MDKPA) was Thomas Little. None of these individuals have done any Y-DNA SNP testing, but the Thomas Little descendant has done 111 Y-STR testing. Plugging in his Y-STR values into the Haplogroup Predictor[1] predicts a variety of haplogroups under R1b-P312>>L21 with the top four entries (combined probability score of 95%) all falling under L21>>L513>S5668.

  1. set for I haplogroup

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of Thomas Little to WGS/NGS test to both confirm this prediction as well as to refine the haplogroup further and delineate descendant clades.

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 bio of Thomas Little

Familypedia profile for Thomas Little