Bourne (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of December 22, 2022:

  • Recruiting direct male-line descendants of Col. Melatiah Bounre for SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact

Still to do as of December 22, 2022

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of Richard Bourne (and preferably through his grandson, Col. Melatiah Bourne) to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

(Col.) Melatiah Bourne, son of Shearjashub (son of Richard) Bourne and Bathsheba Skiffe was born Sandwich 12 Jan 1673/4 and died there 24 Nov 1742. He married twice, first Barnstable 23 Feb 1692 Desire Chipman and second aft Mar 1705 Abigail ____ (not known to be descended from a Mayflower passenger). By his first wife he had eight children: Sylvanus (1694), Richard (1695 m Margaret Foster but no ch.), Samuel & Sarah (1696/7-1696/7), John (1697/8), Shearjashub (1699), Silas (1701) and Bathsheba (1703).

Second Generation

(Hon.) Sylvanus Bourne, Esq. was born Sandwich 10 Sep 1694 and died there 18 Sep 1764. He married Barnstable 20 Mar 1717 Mercy Gorham and they had eight children: Mary (1719), Melatiah (1722 m Mary Boyard), (Col.) William (1724 m Sarah Wanton & Deborah Tasker), Hannah (1725), Mercy (1727), Abigail (1729), Silvanus (1731 m Hannah Sturgis) and Esther (1733).

John Bourne was born Sandwich 10 Mar 1697/8 and died Falmouth about 2 Feb 1754. He married Barnstable 16 Mar 1721 Mercy Hinckley and they had five children: Joseph (1725 m ____), John (1727 m Persis Davis), Elizabeth (1733), David (1735/6 m Mary Hathaway) and Mercy (1737).

(Rev.) Shearjashub Bourne was born Sandwich 12 Dec 1699 and died Roxbury 14 Aug 1768. He married four times: first, Boston 16 Jun 1725 Abigail Cotton, second Scituate 12 Feb 1735/6 Sarah Brooks, third Scituate 6 Jun 1750 Sarah Barker and fourth Scituate 10 Nov 1757 Joanna Stevens (no children): By his first wife he had four children: Elizabeth (1726), Desire (1727/8), Bathsheba (c1730) and Shearjashub (1732-1733). By his second wife he had Shearjashub (c1740). By his third wife he had Rowland (1751).

Silas Bourne was born Sandwich 10 Dec 1701 and died there 10 Apr 1772. He married Sandwich 8 Feb 1730 Mary Allen and they had seven children: James (1730 m Mary Nye), Shearjashub (1733-1733), Melatiah (1734 m Mary Howes), Silas (1737 m Abigail Bourne & Fear Parker), Mary (1739), Ezra (1741-1742) and Desire (1746-1747).

DNA results TBD

As of December 22, 2022 Family Tree DNA does not have a Bourne surname DNA project, but has a total of 92 kits associated with the Bourne surname. Anyone who believes they are a patrilineal descendant of Richard Bourne is encouraged to contact

References & External Links

  • White, Elizabeth Pearson, John Howland of the Mayflower, Vol. III (daughter Hope), Picton Press, Rockport, Maine, 1990, 2008