Gray (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 8, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line Edward Gray 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)
  • Y-DNA tested to R1b M173>M343>M269>P312>Z290>L21>DF13>

Still to do as of October 8, 2020

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


First Generation

Edward Gray was born, presumably in England, about 1629 and died "last of June 1681" "aged about 52 years"[1]
  1. photo of gravestone He was married twice, first 16 Jan 1651 to Mary Winslow (died 1663) and second, 12 Dec 1665 to Dorothy Lettice. The children by his second marriage are not descended from any Mayflower passenger. Edward had five children by his first marriage; four daughters and son John.

    Second Generation

    John Gray was born Plymouth 1 Oct 1661 and died Kingston 29 May 1732. He married 9 Dec 1686 Joanna Morton. They had seven children; five daughters & sons Edward (died young) and Samuel

    Third Generation

    Samuel Gray was born at Plymouth 23 Dec 1701/2 {sic} and likely was the Samuel Gray who died in Oct 1738. He married Duxbury 7 Dec 1727 to Patience Wadsworth. They had six children; four daughters & sons John and Samuel.

    DNA results DF13

    Previous Y-DNA testing

    The Gray/Grey surname DNA Project has two conflicting subgroups both claiming to fall under Edward Gray. The First subgroup falls under R1b M173>M343>M269>P312>Z290>L21 >DF13>Z39589>Z251>16943>BY23665 (Edward Gray b. 1623 of Plymouth Colony- but See Z2186) has five individuals while the second group R1b M173>M343>M269>P312>Z290>L21>DF13>ZZ10>Z253>Z2186 (Edward Gray b. 1623 of Plimouth Colony-but See Z251) only has one individual.

    Further needed testing

    More information and analysis is needed to identify which group correctly has Edward Gray and his Y-DNA descendants.

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