Keene (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 31, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line descendants of William Harlow for further 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 October 31, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test multiple descendants of John Keen to place the family clade as well as test descendants to discover any subclades unique to descendants lines


First Generation

John Keen is said to have been born Checkendon, Oxfordshire, England in 1578, son of Josiah Keen. John married Martha Mey about 1598. They came over with their family in the ship Confidence in Apr 1638. John died at Hingham 14 Nov 1649. He had sons Josiah and John.

Second Generation

Josiah Keen was born about 1620 in London, England and died in Duxbury 15 Sep 1710. He married twice, first abt 1655 to Abigail Little, then bef 1661 to Hannah Dingley. By his first wife, Josiah had a daughter (died young) & Josiah (II). By his second wife, he had seven children, but they do not descend from any Mayflower passengers.

John Keen was born

Third Generation

Josiah Keen (II) was born in Marshfield abt 1658 and married in 1682 Lydia Barker.

Ephraim Keen was born in Duxbury about 1669 and died in Middleborough about Oct 1731. He married Hannah Sprout.

DNA results

Previous Y-DNA testing

The Keane (etc.) Y-DNA Project does not list any descendants of John Keen of Hingham.

Further needed testing

We need direct male-line descendants of John Keen to WGS/NGS test to refine it further and delineate descendant clades.

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