Simmons (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 29, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line Moses Simmons descendants for NGS/WGS 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 October 29, 2020

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


First Generation

Moses Simmons is said to have been born 1 Jan 1604 in Leiden, son of William Symonson and Ann Holland and died at Duxbury between 17 Jun 1689 - 15 Sep 1691. He came to New Plimouth Colony in 1621 aboard the Fortune. He was married about 1632 to Sarah ______. They had seven children: Rebecca, Moses, Mary, John, Sarah, Elizabeth & Aaron.

Second Generation

Moses Simmons (II) was born in Duxbury about 1639 and died there 18 Mar 1676. He married bef 1664 Patience Barstow. They had five children: John, Aaron, Job, Sarah & Patience.

John Simmons was born in Duxbury about 1644 and died there 9 Feb 1716. He married there 16 Nov 1669 to Mercy Pabodie. They had nine children: John, William, Isaac, Martha, Benjamin, Moses, Joseph. Rebecca & Joshua

Aaron Simmons was born in Duxbury about 1653 and died at Scituate 12 Mar 1718. He married at Scituate 24 Dec 1677 Mary Woodworth. They had seven children: Rebecca, Moses, Mary, Ebenezer, Elizabeth, Lydia & Joseph

DNA results R1b-M269

Previous Y-DNA testing

One individual in the Simmons Y-Chromosome DNA Surname Project Group: "Hap'group R1b1a2 - Not matching at a reasonable level in this project - need others to upgrade" stated Moses Simmons was their Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor (MDKPA). This individual has not done any SNP testing and has only done Y37 STR testing. FTDNA predicted this individual falls into the R1b-M269 Haplogroup and the Nevgen Haplogroup Prediction tool was unable to refine the haplogroup any further.

Further needed testing

We need direct male-line Simmons descendants to WGS/NGS test to refine the haplogroup further and delineate descendant clades.

References & External Links

Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 vol. 3, P-W. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. 1995