Greetings all Wright/Right researchers,
I just wanted to let you know that I just updated our project web site. Lots of great things are happening with our DNA research. We have several family groups emerging. I have tried to keep things color coded to help easily recognize the various family groups.
Starting in Haplogroup E3b we have one family group identified whose earliest ancestor is Deacon Samuel Wright, Sr., born in England, died 17 Oct 1665 in Northampton, MA; married Margaret UNKNOWN, born in England, died 24 July 1681 in Northampton, MA.
Wright males who believe they are related to the Deacon Samuel Wright, Sr. may want to compare their results with that of our two participants in Haplogroup E3b, which are Kit #20209 and Kit #20552.
Haplogroup R1a has six participants who have defined markers for three ancestors all possible descendants of 1690 Francis Wright of Lancaster, VA. Their markers all fall within the expected range that they are definitely related. However, more participants are needed from the other descendants of 1690 Francis Wright in order to further document his markers and clarify some ancient questions of who his specific descendant really are.
In Haplogroup R1b we have six family branches emerging.
Kit 13975 and Kit 21466 - match 12 out of 12 markers.
Kit 20201, 21426, 13581, 25082, and 19604 all fall within a range of which they are probably related. Four of the five have upgraded to the 37-marker test which will further define their relatedness. More participants from this area would help increase the probability of finding the "common" ancestor. So if you know of anyone from any of the lines listed on those kits please encourage him to participate.
Kit 12352 and Kit 21833 are perfect 37/37 marker matches giving definition to James H. Wright's DNA signature.
Kit 13974 and Kit #20194 match 10/12 markers. Because both men had very good paper trails to follow back to William Wright (1707 - 1776) of Augusta Co., VA, they were certain even though they had a 2 marker mutation. When they increased the analysis to 25 markers they matched on 23 of 25 markers. Yes, they are definitely related and their DNA leaves no room for doubt.
BTW - we still have one FREE kit for a documented descendant of one of William's sons. Check out the requirements by going to the following web page:http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~magellan/dna/1707wmwright.htm...
Kit 5400, 5401, 13971, and 13970 match 25 out of 25 markers. These men provide a definite DNA signature for Alexander Wright, born about 1822. Any Wright males who believe they are related to Alexander may want to compare their results to that of these four.
Kit 20274, 20718, and 22677 all match 12 out of 12 markers. These three men are descendants of Moses Wright, born 1802, died 23 Oct 1864 in Cleveland Co., NC. Moses married Elizabeth Prewit, born 1 July 1811, died 29 Dec 1884 in Cleveland Co., NC. If you know of a living Wright male who believe he descends from this line please encourage him to participate.
Please remember that whether you are brand new to genealogy or an old hand, your genetic signature is now a powerful tool in tracing your roots. I encourage you to use all the tools available when digging your roots.
Please visit the Wright Surname Project for additional updates and information. It can be found at: http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~magellan/dna/Wright_DNA.html
Volunteer Coordinator, Wright Surname Project