Waterman (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of April 15, 2021:

  • Recruiting direct male-line descendants of Joseph Waterman 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 Robert Waterman (and preferably of his son Joseph) to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

Joseph Waterman was born Marshfield abt 1649, son of Robert Waterman & Elizabeth Bourne. Joseph died there 3 Jan 1710/1 aged 62 yrs. He married abt 1673 Sarah Snow[1] and they had seven children (born Marshfield): Sarah (1674), Joseph (1676), Elizabeth (1679), Abigail (1681), Anthony (1684), Bethiah (1687) and Lydia (1689).

Second Generation

Joseph Waterman was born Marshfield 2 or 20 Jan 1676 and died there 28 Nov 1715. He married Marshfield 16 Jun 1709 Lusanna Snow (who is also a Richard Warren descendant) and they had three children: Abigail (1710), Joseph (1712-1715) and Abiah (dau. 1714).

Anthony Waterman was born Marshfield 4 Jun 1684 and died there 3 Apr 1715. He married abt 1709 Elizabeth Arnold (a descendant of James Chilton) and they had four children: Thomas (1710), Joseph (1711/2), Zebulon (1713) and Orphan (dau 1715).

Third Generation

  1. There is no contemporary record proving this marriage, but it was accepted by D.L. Jacobus in his Waterman Genealogy (I:28) as well as by George Bowman in Mayflower Descendant 24:145.

DNA results R1b-U106>>Z381>>L48

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Waterman Y-DNA Project Group: To sort (a) - Waterman has one individual claiming Robert Waterman (father of Joseph) as their Most Distant Known Paternal Ancestor (MDKPA). He has Y-SNP tested down to R1b-U106>>Z381>>L48. He has also tested 67 Y-STRs. Plugging in his STR values into the NevGen Haplogroup Prediction tool does not help in predicting a haplogroup/clade.

Further needed testing

We need additional direct male-line descendants of Robert Waterman (and preferably of his son Joseph) to WGS/NGS test to confirm the haplogroup/clade for the family as well as possibly identify subclade branches of descendant lines.

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