Morton (Y-DNA)

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Status summary

Completed as of October 29, 2020:

  • Recruiting additional direct male-line George Morton descendants for NGS/WGS SNP testing - anyone interested in submitting their DNA for testing should contact

Still to do as of October 29, 2020

  • NGS/WGS test multiple George Morton descendants to firmly place family clade as well as discover any subclades unique to descendants lines.


First Generation

George Morton was baptized at Austerfield, South Yorkshire, England 2 Aug 1585, son of George Morton and Catherine Bown (etc.) He was part of the original Separatist congregation at Scrooby which moved to Holland in 1607, eventually settling in Leiden. He married at Leiden, 23 Jul 1612, Juliana Carpenter. When much of the congregation emigrated on the Mayflower, George and his family stayed behind to help support their cause in Europe and London. It is believed he helped write and published Mourt's Relation, the first published account of the new settlement in 1622. George and his family emigrated to the new colony in 1623 aboard the Anne and his wife gave birth to one of their sons while on this voyage. He died at New Plimouth in Jun 1624, with the widow remarrying Manasseh Kempton sometime before the May 1627 Cattle Division.

George and Juliana had the following children: Nathaniel, Patience, John, Sarah & Ephraim

Second Generation

Nathaniel Morton is said to have been baptized in Leiden 28 Jun 1613, and died at Plymouth 28 Jun 1685, in his 73rd year. He married Plymouth 25 Dec 1635 to Lydia Cooper. Nathaniel served as the Secretary to Plymouth Colony from 1645 until his death. Nathaniel & Lydia had five daughters: Remember, Mercy, Hannah, Elizabeth & Joanna.

Hon. John Morton was born in Leiden about 1615 and died at Middleborough 3 Oct 1673. He married aft 1634 to Lettice Kempton, who married Andrew Ring after Nathaniel's death. John and Lettice had nine children: John (died young), John, Deborah, Mary, Martha, Hannah, Esther and twins Manasseh & Ephraim (born 7 Jun 1653. No further record for either twin).

(Lieut.) Ephraim Morton was born by 1623[1] and died at Plymouth 7 Sep 1693. He married at Plymouth 18 Nov 1644 Ann Cooper. Ephraim & Ann had ten children: George, Ephraim, Rebecca, Josiah, Nathaniel, Thomas, Mercy, Eleazer, Joanna & Patience.

Third Generation

John Morton (II) was born Plymouth 21 Dec 1650 and died Middleborough 20 Mar 1717/8. He married Plymouth 4 Mar 1687/8 Mary Ring. They had six children: Mary, John, Hannah, Ebenezer, [1] and Persis.

(Dea.) George Morton was born Plymouth abt 1645 died there 2 Aug 1727. He married 22 Dec 1664 Joanna Kempton and they had ten children (Plymouth): Hannah (1666), Manasseh (1669), Ephraim (1671), Joanna (1673), Ruth (1676), George (1679), Timothy (1682), Rebecca (1684), Elizabeth (1686) and Thomas (1690).

Ephraim Morton born Plymouth 27 Jan 1648 and died there 18 Feb 1731/2. He married abt 1676 Hannah Finney and they had five children (Plymouth): Hannah (1677), Ephraim (1678), John (1680), Joseph (1683) and Ebenezer (1685).

Josiah Morton born Plymouth 1653 died 1694. He married Susanna Wood and they had four children (Plymouth): Susannah (1686-1687), Josiah (1688), Susannah (1690) and Henry (1692).

(Lieut.) Nathaniel Morton died 1709. He married 1706 Mary Faunce and they had one child (Plymouth): Nathaniel (1706).

Thomas Morton was born Plymouth abt 1667 and died there abt 1748. He married there 23 Dec 1696 Martha Doty and they had six children (born Plymouth): Thomas (1699/1700 m Hannah Nelson, only had 2 daus.), Lydia (1701), Lemuel (1704-1779 unm.), Sarah (1706), Nathaniel (1710 m Mary Ellis & Mary Shaw) and Mary (1712).

Eleazer Morton born Plymouth 1659. He married Boston 11 Apr 1692 Rebecca Marshall and they had four children: Eleazer (1692/3), Ann (1694), Nathaniel (1695) and Rebecca (1703).

  1. per 1623 land division of New Plimouth Colony

DNA results R1b-Z8

Previous Y-DNA testing

As of 29 Oct 2020, the Morton/Mourton/Nunn Surname Project Group: Richard Morton of Hatfield Descendants has six individuals. None of these individuals have done any Y-SNP testing, but their STR results are documenting they are related to each other. Three of these members have completed Y-67 STR testing. FTDNA has predicted this group falls under R1b-M269. Plugging in their STR markers in the Haplogroup Prediction tool (set to predict R1b clades) gives several clades below R1b U106>>Z381>>L48>>Z30>>Z8 with a combined probability above 99%.

Further needed testing

We need direct male-line George Morton to WGS/NGS test to both confirm the lineage as well as to refine the haplogroup further and delineate descendant clades.

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