Three Townsend brothers John, Henry, and Richard arrived in Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York in the 1600s. No father has been identified and where the brothers came from is not known.
Background Information and Comments
This Townsend family group with over 50 members remains the largest group of DNA results including a couple of other surnames.
The haplogroup is R1b1a2a1a1b3 , shorthand R-U152 Information on this haplogroup can be found on Wikipedia
Some of the men tested claim or have proof of decendency from one or another of the three brothers, while others do not claim decendency from a specific brother. The ancestor name in bold indicates a documented ancestry back to the three brothers. In addition, the presence of mutations that probably are shared as opposed to separately occurring link some persons together.
While the father of the three brothers or an even earlier ancestor might be the common link for all of those in this family group, a number of those tested have more recent common ancestors that they share with others in this group.
NOTES for JOHN descendants
Known relationships more recent than the three brothers include: Sean P. #13157 and father David C. #7414. They appear to vary from the group by 2 markers but only vary by 1 marker because 389-ii is actually the total of 389-i and the result of 389-ii. Both have a mutation not present in anyone else in the Oyster Bay Group.
NOTES for HENRY descendants
Known relationships more recent than the three brothers include: Hezekiah born April 15, 1833, New York, who married Caroline Green, born July 19, 1836 Michigan. The person tested has not been identified, but his results appear in the Sorenson Foundation (www.smgf.com) database matching 27-27 for the markers that are common between the 37 markers of FTDNA and those reported by Sorenson. A partial family tree that accompanies these results lists Hezekiah a known to descendant of brother Henry. David R. #75264 and Robert F. #34855 have tested out to 67 markers and match exactly on markers 38 through 67. Robert B. #34855 and his son Peter W. #28068 both have a mutation not present in anyone else in the Oyster Bay Group.
Another person with a solid paper trail back to brother Henry appears to have a non-paternity event within the four most recent generations. He is related to #39265 down to their ggggrandfather. This persons test results are shown n a separate group.
Memorial of John, Henry, and Richard TOWNSEND, and their descendants, New York, 1865, W. A. Townsend, Publisher
Note: The Society is currently updating this work and drawing descendant lines down to the early 20th century. A preliminary version is available as an FTM file.