As of December 30, 2015:
- No straightforward opportunities for advanced Y-DNA testing
- Low priority
Summary of findings
Still, there remains the opportunity for characterizing his Y-DNA through descendants of other paternal relatives. Even so, such a link would likely be tenuous since it would seem that the identity of Degory Priest's relatives in England carries some uncertainty.
For more information see: Townsend, Charles Delmar, Robert S. Wakefield and Margaret Harris Stover, re-edited by Margaret Harris Stover, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Vol. 8 Priest
Degory was born about 1581. Recent research identified Degory Priest as an "obstinate Brownist" who was arrested in London in 1609. He soon moved to Leiden where he married the widow Sarah ALLERTON Vincent on 4 Nov 1611 Media:NL-LdnRAL_AR_1004_198_007.jpg.jpg, transcription). Degory came alone on the Mayflower and died the first winter. His widow married Godbert Godbertson and they moved to Plymouth Colony (with her two daughters by Degory) in 1623 (aboard the Anne"").
- He deposed Apr 1619 about 40 years old, but also deposed Sep 1619 36 years old.
- Allen, Sue, Caleb Johnson and Simon Neal, "Degory Priest, “Obstinate Brownist” of London: A Clue to the Origins of the Mayflower Passenger", New England Historical and Genealogical Register 175:293-98.
- Some have suggested he was the "Degorius Prust" son of Peter, baptized Hartland, Devon 11 Aug 1582. However, this is now unlikely with the new London research.
- Additional paper-trail research might allow additional Y-DNA testing candidates to be identified
- Townsend, Charles Delmar, Robert S. Wakefield and Margaret Harris Stover, re-edited by Margaret Harris Stover, Mayflower Families Through Five Generations: Vol. 8 (Priest) General Society of Mayflower Descendants, Plymouth, MA 2nd ed. 2008
- Roser, Susan E., Mayflower Increasings From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, Second edition 1995, 1996. pp. 85-86
- Wikipedia article on Degory Priest
- MayflowerHistory.com profile for Degory Priest
- The Priest Family - The Mayflower Society
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