This is success #1 for the Meek Family Y-DNA Project.
The men who lived in S. W. Pennsylvania in the 1770's were thought to be brother.
In 1902 H. B. Meek published a genealogy in which he described the 16 children of Jacob Meek born in 1698 in Lincolnshire, England. The same set of children have also been attributed to Jacob Meek son of Guy Meek from Maryland. While the Project Administrator has long believed that this book incorrectly attributed most or all of the children to Jacob Meek, eight of the supposed sons can be identified as living in S. W. PA in the 1770ís and 1780ís.
Members of the project represent 6 of the 8 ancestors thought to be sons of Jacob Meek. The DNA results prove that these men belonged to two unrelated families. They are discussed in Group A and Group B discussion. An addtional ancestor also attributed to Jacob Meek has also been found to be from a third unrelated family. This cast serious doubt on credibility of the source(s) who named the sons of Jacob Meek.
This is success #2 for the Meek Family Y-DNA Project.
A connection between these two groups has not previously been report.
In Group B Sub-Group 1 and Sub-Group 3 of Group B are related. The two groups are tied together by uncommon values in markers DYS 442=10 and DYS 438=13 as well as DYS 392=12 and DYS 458=15. Also significant is the pattern of DYS 464 of 14, 14, 17, 17. It is possible to construct an Ancestral Signature or modal haplotype for the common ancestor between the two groups. When each individual is compared to the Ancestral Signature the genetic distance becomes more indicative of a connection between all members of the two groups. Sub-Group 1b has a genetic distance of 1 from the ancestral signature. Sub-Group 3 has a distance of 5 from the ancestral signature. This represents a genetic distance of 6 between the two groups. Just based on the date of birth the ancestors we know that a common ancestor for both groups would have been born before 1690. A calculation based on mutation rates indicate that the common ancestor was probably born before 1450-1500. That is to far back in time for genealogical research. However, given the excessive random mutation and the small number test we cannot be sure of this calculation at this time.
However, we do know that the two groups do share a common ancestor.
This is success #3 for the Meek Family Y-DNA Project.
A connection between Jacob Meek b: 1760 of Henry Co., TN and Jeremiah Meek b: 1781 of Blount Co., TN AND ancestors in SW PA has not previously been report.
The two groups are tied together by uncommon values in markers DYS 442=10 and DYS 438=13 as well as DYS 392=12 and DYS 458=15. Also significant is the pattern of DYS 464 of 14, 14, 17, 17. The difference between these two sub-groups is in markers DYS 439 and DYS 576. However due to the small number of samples for Jacob Meek we cannot be sure if he has a distinctive haplotype. Just based on the date of birth the ancestors we know that a common ancestor for both groups would have been born before 1720. Jacob Meek was born about the same time as several ancestor from SW PA. However, it does not appear that they had the same father. However, it does appear that they were closely related. Genetic distance would tend to indicate that Jacob connects to sub-group 1b much more recently that the does the sub-group 3.
This is success #4 for the Meek Family Y-DNA Project.
A connection between Adam Meek, Joseph Meek and Moses Meek have not previously been established.
Adam Meek born 1726 lived in Maryland and was generally thought to have come from Ireland. Moses Meek born 1755 lived in Mecklenburg, NC and was also thought to have been born in Ireland. However, no one has previously been able to establish a connection between the two. The DNA results prove that they were related. Just as important to the project is that several other members with unknown connections were found to be related and thus established Group E, the Irish Group.
Joseph Meek born 1744 who lived in Washington Co., VA has now been added to this group. Early genealogical efforts claimed he was a son of Jacob Meek son of Guy Meek from Maryland or Jacob Meek son of Adam Meek of Lincolnshire, England. He was definitely not related to other sons attributed to these ancestors. Joseph Meek is the grandfather of Joseph Lafayette Meek the mountain man. The project can now determine who might be related to Joe the mountain man.
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