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Collins family DNA records 

Here is Y-chromosomal and mitochondrial DNA information about individuals in the ancestry file and more general DNA references.  Please send additional DNA information about individuals in the ancestry file to Gary S. Collins at garyscollins(at)  

Gary S. Collins (1944- )

My Y-DNA record agrees exactly with those of the Irish Modal Haplotype and R-M222 (formerly R1b1c7) Modal Haplotype, suggesting descent from an ancient male ancestor in northwest Ireland, possibly the near-mythological king Niall of the Nine Hostages, founder of the Uí Néill dynasties that ruled in Ireland between 400-1100 AD.  By inference, this record applies also to my earliest known direct patrilineal ancestor, Dr. Richard Collins (1725-1808) and to all of his direct male descendants, including about 75 who appear in my ancestry file and many more recent ones.  Richard Collins emigrated from Ulster Province, Ireland, to the US in about 1750.   He settled in Port Republic, on the coast of New Jersey, where he was the first medical doctor in the region.  There is an unsubstantiated report that he came from Tyrone County, and an hypothesis by Patty Luthy that he came specifically from Strabane, in Tyrone County near its western  border with Donegal County, based on naming of a farm 'Strabane' in southern New Jersey by family friends. 

Jessie Woodson James (1847-1882)    

Analysis of remains showed that he had mitochondrial DNA haplogroup T2, including mtDNA sequences 16126C, 16274A, 16294T, 16296T, 16304C (from dnaancestryproject).

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30 November  2009, Gary S. Collins.  My main ancestry page is