Our West Virginia Jacob was definitely no Dutch immigrant. Y-DNA testing by different male Van Gilders from different sides of the family have come back with a Hablogroup type that is strictly Native American which means that Jacob was Native on his father's father's side.
I have also never seen anything that indicates that Wilder was part of his name.
There is a good chance that our Jacob may be connected to the Mohican Van Guilders as they are descended from Toanunck who became known as Jan Van Gelder / John Van Gilder and is the right age to be our Jacob's grandfather.
We need to try to get other Van Gilder families to join with us in a DNA project to find out our Jacob's ancestry.
I descend from the Cape Girardeau, Missouri Van Gilders who descend from Jacob's long lost son John who went west. He was in WV in 1806. He showed up here in 1808 with Frederick Gibler who was from Morgantown, WV. I think Frederick may be the brother to Jacob's mother Anna Margaret Gibler.
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