We know many of y'all are probably confused by the DNA discussions and wonder if it's really worth the expense and time. We hope we can change your minds. There really is a lot to be excited about!
On March 19, 2007, we learned through free testing by FTDNA on our handful of samples that our TN/VA-origin Acuffs are from R1b1c haplogroup, which is described thus:
Haplogroup R1b1c is the most common haplogroup in European populations. It is believed to have expanded throughout Europe as humans re-colonized after the last glacial maximum 10-12 thousand years ago. This lineage is also the haplogroup containing the Atlantic modal haplotype.
So -- what does that really tell us? Two things: the TN/VA Acuffs are not German, as the Ecoffs are, nor are they Scandinavian, as the Pennsylvania Acuffs are. They are more than likely British, according to the statistical data available so far at the FamilyTreeDNA Web site, and probably Scottish, which supports the research of Judd Acuff and George Black (author of Surnames of Scotland).
We have a couple of tests in the queue, and results should be available for them in about 6-8 weeks. But, we really need more if we are to ever solve the mysteries we know of -- not to mention the greatest mystery: where did we hatch from??? [wink]
Here is some very interesting stuff, a lot of which is over my head, that describes the testing process and even has pictures of the test kit -- with links to some ***amazing*** success stories:
Remember we have some funds available in the DNA General Fund (thanks to an anonymous benefactor) for assistance with testing. If you or your male family member is willing to be tested, but you just can't afford the cost right now, we may be able to defray some of the expense.
Our priorities are to get someone tested from these lines:
* Nicholas who moved to Sequatchie Valley, TN * Timothy who married Anna Leigh * Charles M. who moved to Missouri with Jeremiah * Jeremiah who lived in Missouri * Charles, husband of Elizabeth Long * Cain who moved to Lauderdale Co., TN * David Loomis who died in Huntsville, AL * John III, who migrated to Indiana * a black Acuff * a black Acoff * an Achuff * an Acup * an Askew or Ascue
It would be great to have a second PA Acuff test done, just to confirm the Scandinavian origin of that line. FTDNA is awesomely precise in their testing, but we know from genealogy research it's always good to have a second validation of any fact. Based on the one test we have, it appears Mary Parker's hypothesis may be correct: the PA bunch descends from Jan Eckhoff of the New Swedes Colony in Delaware. Of course, he could well be the progenitor of the Maryland and PA Ecoffs, given that the Delaware colony had German immigrants.
I'm also hoping we can get an English Ainscough and an English Ascough to be tested for comparison. Won't it be fabulous if they match?