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 Raymond T. Wing (email: wing.genealogist AT gmail DOT com)

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.

(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.

Manasseh Morton

Ephraim Morton

George Morton

Ephraim Morton

Josiah Morton

Nathaniel Morton

Thomas Morton

Eleazer Morton

  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: Mortons of Bawtry/Austerfield, Yorkshire, England 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.

References & External Links

Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633 vol. 2 G-O, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA, 1995.

Wikipedia profile for George Morton

Allen, John K., George Morton of Plymouth Colony and Some of his Descendants, privately printed, Chicago, IL 1908