James Brown (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 6, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional descendants of James Brown for further SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)
  • Predicted to fall under R-L2 based on 111 STR marker test of a descendant.

Still to do as of October 6, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test for subclade under R-L2.


Parentage of James Browne

John Brown(e)[1] was born about 1591[2] and died at Rehoboth 10 Apr 1662.[3] He married by about 1616[4] to Dorothy _____ who died at Swansea 27 Jan 1673/4 "being the ninety and eighth year of her age or thereabouts"[5]. They had three children (daughter Mary and sons James & John).

First Generation

James Brown was born before 1627Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag He lived in Barnstable his entire life where he married Sarah Cobb 27 Dec 1686[6] and he died in 1723[7] after leaving a will dated 31 Aug 1722[8] His widow died 8 Jan 1742/3.[9] Samuel and Sarah had four daughters and seven sons: Thomas, Samuel, John, Joseph, Jacob, Seth & Benjamin.

John Chipman was the youngest son of John & Hope. He was born at Barnstable 3 Mar 1670/1[10] He was married three times. He first married Mary Skiffe either at Barnstable or Sandwich[11] about 1691.[12] Mary died at Sandwich 12 Mar 1711.[13] John next married Elizabeth Handley, widow successivley of Thomas Pope and William Russell about 1715.[14] She died 29 Jan 1725/6.[15] His final marriage was to Hannah Hoxie (likely a widow) of Rhode Island, who died 21 Feb 1747.[16] Moved to Rhode Island after 1727 and died at Newport, RI 4 Jan 1756.[17] John had a total of five daughters and seven sons: John (died in infancy), James, John, Perez, Stephen (only had 1 daughter so no living Y-DNA line), Ebenezer, & (by second wife) Handley.[18]


  1. Anderson, The Great Migration I:420-429
  2. based on estimated date of marriage.
  3. Published Rehoboth VRs p. 804
  4. The Great Migration I:426
  5. Published Swansea VRs, p. 26
  6. Ibid. Marriage is below record of parents family.
  7. transcription of gravestone, West Barnstable Cemetery
  8. probate copy of will proved 17 Jun 1723
  9. gravestone, West Barnstable Cemetery
  10. See birth record for brother Samuel (above).
  11. Mary was from Sandwich and the family settled there after marriage.
  12. Chipman Family (1920) First child born 1692.
  13. ibid.
  14. ibid.
  15. gravestone Acushnet Cemetery, Dartmouth (now Acushnet) surname Chapman.
  16. Chipman Family (1920) p. 16
  17. gravestone, Common Burying Ground, Newport
  18. Chipman Family (1920), p. 16. Some records state he also had a son Benjamin by his second wife.

Previous Y-DNA testing R-P312>>U152>L2

37 Y-STR marker testing of one Chipman descendant give a predicted haplogroup of I-M223. NGS/WGS testing still needs to be done to determine where the family falls under I-M223.


Summary of findings

References and External Links