The RATHBONE Patrilineage 1 Descendancies

The RATHBONE Patrilineage 1 Descendancies

The working assumption for now is that all American RATHBONEs who belong to RATHBONE Patrilineage 1 are descended from the John1, the immigrant to Massachusetts, and one of the first settlers of Block Island, Rhode Island. However, a number of project members are yet unable to connect to the main tree of descent, which follows, below.

These patrilineal descendancies closely follow what the members of this project have submitted, and are both plausible and generally backed by evidence. They are also generally consistent with the best published secondary sources listed in the project bibliography. Although there are areas of weakness in these lineages, due to less than exhaustive research, or to inherently sketchy records, a significant and ongoing effort is being made to ensure that what is posted here in abbreviated form represents the best current thinking on these patrilineal descent trees.

Each descendancy begins with the earliest known patriarch of a particular line, and follows the patriline down as far as it is known, and at least to its culmination in a DNA-tested descendant. Since this DNA patrilineage project is focused on tested or testable males of the patriline, these descendancy trees have generally been pruned of daughters or stepchildren of previously married wives. On the other hand, known brothers of project member’s ancestors have been included, and in some cases their patrilineal descendancies have been followed as well, to facilitate the identification of testable patrilineal descendants (living males who in most cases bear the focal surname). Where one of these collateral male lines is known to have petered out (or daughtered out), it will be flagged “no known sons”, NKS (No Known Sons), or DWI(died without issue), or words to that effect.

The information provided for each male RATHBONE should be just sufficient in most cases to uniquely identify him in the USCensus and other readily available sources. They are not meant to be complete genealogies. The headnotes for each patriarch identify the principal researcher(s) of that line, and often contain links to relevant webpages, compilations, or more complete genealogical material.

The data posted below for each male of the patriline comprise (insofar as is known): his date and place of birth, date and place of death, the name(s) of his wife (or wives), and the date and place his marriage(s). The data are presented in a standardized abbreviated format designed to facilitate scanning and CTL-F searching.

Specific dates (where known) are abbreviated to year dates. Dates that aren’t known specifically, or which aren’t backed by uncontroverted evidence are qualified as either approximate (“abt”, “bef”, “aft”, or “by”), or where they are merely guesstimated, by (“say”). Approximated dates imply supporting evidence which merely fails of complete accuracy, while “say” dates are guesstimates based on typical patterns of the time, place, and social group.

Places are abbreviated to the most important jurisdictional place where records are to be found: for most US states/colonies these are counties; for New England, towns. Places should be specified only where there is either direct evidence, or overwhelming circumstantial evidence, that a vital event occurred in that place and none other, and they shouldn’t be over-specified with respect to the actual supporting evidence.

The yDNA-tested male descendants in whom these descendancies culminate are flagged below with the ShortName of the Principal Researcher of their line (the person who represents the descendant’s haplotype), and by the Project# for the membership, for example, Dick-01, Bill_L-10.

Notes about the ySTR DNA mutations that mark particular lineages have been interwoven below in red text. Notes about upstream mutations distinctive of particular family sub-branches have been inserted in the descendancy at the point at which they begin to be relevant, and where those same mutations have been inherited by tested descendants, this has been noted right after the name(s) of the tested descendant and Principal Researcher of the line. Please note, however, the careful qualifications in these DNA notes. Most inferences drawn from DNA evidence are probabilistic in nature and one needs to keep an open mind about alternative interpretations, just as one does with the genealogy itself.

Doubtful ancestral links are outlined in the color “tomato”, e.g. |.

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