Seeking Matrilineal Descendants for CLEEVE Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Project
The purpose of this Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Project is to develop a genetic “signature” for Elizabeth (CLEEVE) (MITTON) HARVEY based on mtDNA test results from her matrilineal descendants.By comparing mtDNA from Elizabeth’s proven matrilineal descendants with mtDNA from her probable or possible matrilineal descendants, we can confirm or refute theoretical or ambiguous lines of descent that have been developed through conventional genealogical research. Elizabeth was the daughter of George-1 CLEEVE, an early settler and founder of Portland, Maine who served as the Deputy President of the Province of Lygonia from 1643 until the final submission of its Maine towns to Massachusetts in 1658. Elizabeth was first married to Michael-1 MITTON; she was subsequently married to Peter Harvey. In alphabetical order by given name, the proven, probable and possible daughters of Elizabeth (CLEEVE) (MITTON) HARVEY were:
* Anne (MITTON) BRACKETT, wife of Anthony BRACKETT * Dorcas (MITTON) ANDREWS, wife of James ANDREWS * Elizabeth (MITTON) CLARKE, wife of Thaddeus CLARKE * Martha (MITTON) GRAVES, wife of John GRAVES * Mary (MITTON) BRACKETT, wife of Thomas BRACKETT
The first project participant who can provide a well-documented line of matrilineal descent from Elizabeth (CLEEVE) (MITTON) HARVEY may be eligible to join the project for free!The first project participant who can provide a well-documented line of matrilineal descent specifically from Elizabeth’s possible daughter, Dorcas (MITTON) ANDREWS, may also be eligible to join the project for free! Because mtDNA is only transmitted along maternal (or umbilical) lines of inheritance, the only male descendants of Elizabeth (CLEEVE) (MITTON) HARVEY eligible for participation in this project are those whose mothers have known, probable or possible unbroken lines of matrilineal descent from Elizabeth.