Willett (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

As of October 27, 2022:

Paper trail

First Generation

Thomas Willett was poss. son of Thomas and Alice Willett of Norwich and Leiden. He was born about 1608 and died Swansey (now Swansea) 3 Aug 1674. He married twice, first Plymouth 6 Jul 1636 Mary Brown and second, Milford, CT 19 Sep 1671 Joanna BOYSE Prudden (no children). By his first wife he had thirteen children: Mary (1637), Martha (1639), John (1641), Sarah (1643), Rebecca (1644), Thomas (1646, n.f.r.) Hester (1648), James (1649), Hezekiah (1651-1651), Hezekiah (c1653), David (1654 n.f.r.), Andrew (1655) and Samuel (1658).

Second Generation

John Willett was born Plymouth 21 Aug 1641. He married 1663 Abigail Collins.

James Willett was born Plymouth 24 Nov 1649. He arried twice, first Rehoboth 17 Apr 1673 Elizabeth Hunt and then Swansey/Swansea 2 Aug 1677 Grace Frinck.

Hezekiah Willett was born Plymouth 16 Nov 1653. He married Swansey/Swansea 7 Jan 1675/6 Anna Brown.

Andrew Willett was born 5 Oct 1655. He married Braintree 6 Mar 1693/4 Susannah Holbrook.

Samuel Willett born 27 Oct 1656. Said to have married with a large family at Flushing, Long Island.

Third Generation


DNA Results

Previous testing

FTDNA's Willett/Ouellette DNA Project currently does not list anyone claiming Thomas Willett was their Most Distant Known Patrilineal Ancestor (MDKPA).

NGS/WGS testing

NGS/WGS testing is needed to confirm the prediction (above) as well as potentially further refine the haplogroup.

References and External Resources

  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633" (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, 2004)


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