Is there a direct male descendant of the French Huguenot Peter Bays/Bayes (b.ca1690) who would like to participate in the Baize/Baze Y-DNA project?It would allow us to finally determine whether or not the most distant ancestor we have found for the Baize/Baze lines, i.e., Abednego Baze (b.ca1783, VA), is related to Peter, and thus whether at least some of the Bays/Bayes and Baize/Baze lines might be related.
In documents we have found for Abednego and his children, the spelling of his last name is frequently "Bays, Bayes, Baise, Baize, and Baze."The same spellings are used in documents found for Peter.Of course, phonetically-spelled, varying surnames were the rule rather than the exception during the time involved.
Additionally, a great-grandson of Abednego's, a Robert J. Baze, M.D., alleges that his emigrant ancestor came from France to the United States prior to the Revolution.(Found in a monograph in a book entitled "A History of the State of Oklahoma 1908.")
The tantalizing spellings of the surnames of the two ancestors, the possible French connection, and additionally the fact that Abednego Baze was born in Virginia where the family of Peter Bays/Bayes is found, would seem to make it worthwhile to pursue DNA testing, as well as the possible historical value, of course.
We already have the results for a direct male descendant of Abednego Baze on file (see below), and testing would only require a "12-marker" test ($99).There are currently a total of at least 7 project members, including an individual with the Bayes surname, and we are awaiting results for several of them (processing requires about 4-6 weeks once the samples have been submitted).Naturally, if a match is found with a Bays or Bayes the project name would be expanded.