We have been studying the Rayburn family using genetic matching for about one year. The results are encouraging, although not altogether what we expected.
When we began, there was some thinking that â€œall of the Rayburns, of all of the different spellingsâ€ were related. While this might be true if we go back a thousand years, it does not appear to be true in any genealogically realistic time frame.
While we have a small sampling of the Rayburn families, but we can see some specific definition into family groups with this small sampling.
In one family group, we have several people with ancestry from the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee. There are various spellings of the last name including Raburn, Raibourn, Rabun, Rayburn, Rabon and Rayborn. The Genetic results very closely define this family. This group could well descend from Richard Raibone of Henrico Co, Virginia and his sons as they spread throughout the SE United States.
There is a single test result that is geographically close to the first group, but the genetic test is slightly removed from the first group.
In another small family group, we see people with ancestry back to William Raburn who died in Kentucky about 1794. The genetic matching in this group is tight, but shows extreme variation from the genetic markers in the first family group. Names represented in this group include Rayburn, Rayborn, Raburn and Rabourn. This might be an independent family group or it may be connected to the Augusta Co, Virginia group.
A final group includes only one spelling of the last name, Ryburn. These two participants were not aware of each other, but it appears that they may have had a common ancestor about 8 generations back. Both of these families originated in Scotland and moved to Southwest Virginia in the mid 1700s.
We have a good start in differentiating the different families, but we need many more participants. There are major family groups that have not been tested and we need more people from the families already represented.
We especially need representatives from the Augusta Co, Virginia Rayburns.
If anyone would like more details, you can check http://home.mchsi.com/~r165/home.html
or contact me directly at Raybornr@usa.net