If you believe you're descended from James and Sarah, I would very much like to hear from you and learn what information you have. Together we can build a better picture of our great-great-great... grandparents and their family.
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Y-DNA testing can confirm relationships between living males with a common ancestor and may reveal the origins of that ancestor. Tests run on two descendants of James Jordan's through sons William and Andrew, besides confirming their relationship with each other, show that our Jordan ancestors most likely came from County Down in northern Ireland.
The process is simple. Just order a test package, scrape the inside of your cheek with swabs provided in the kit, put the swabs in a sanitized container, also provided, and mail the samples in the enclosed envelope (along with your check) to the testing laboratory. It doesn't take long to see your results, and if you wish, they can be included in the on-line (anonymously of course) database of Jordans. The catch is that you have to be a male descendant in the male line, that is, your relationship to James Jordan must be through his sons, their sons, and so forth to your father and you.
Here's what we've found so far and what we could find with your help:
- James Jordan Junior - Research indicates that there are no living male descendants (through the male line) of James and his second wife, Peninah Lee. This could be wrong. We also don't know if he had any children through his first wife, Mary. A Y-DNA test on a descendant of James Junior could confirm James' place in the family as a son of James Jordan (or could suggest that, despite all the evidence, he was not related).
- William Jordan - One test has been made proving a relationship between William and brother Andrew and showing a connection to Jordans from County Down. More tests could confirm those results, as well as showing relationships among William's descendants.
- John Jordan - John had several male descendants. A positive result from a descendant of John Jordan and Elizabeth Newman would resolve the question of whether James Jordan's son, John married Elizabeth Newman or Catherine Blair. Likewise, a positive result from one of John Jordan/Catherine Blair's descendants would refute that theory. See John Jordan's First Marriage for more information about this question. A positive result from a descendant of John Jordan and Sinah Brumfield would confirm John's membership in the James Jordan family.
- Andrew Jordan - One test has been made proving a relationship between Andrew and brother William and showing a connection to Jordans from County Down. More tests could confirm those results, as well as showing relationships among Andrew's descendants.
- Jonathan Jordan - Little is known of Jonathan Jordan, who apparently disappeared from the public record after moving to Sangamon County, Illinois, leaving only one male descendant. If you believe you're descended from Jonathan, Y-DNA testing could go a long way in filling in the blanks and revealing connections through this branch of the family.
To find out more about Y-DNA testing and how to get your test kit, go to the Jordan Family Surname DNA Website
And don't forget to send me an email and let me know you're from the family and are interested in the test.