DNA project for Harn/Harne/Hearn/Hearne surnames is in progress. We're seeking other participants for our project, as we attempt to sort out the various lines of early ancestors with the same or similar names. The name Harn/Harne, it is said, began as Heron, became Hearn/Hearne, and eventually became Harn/Hern. Some branches retained earlier spellings while other branches changed. This makes proving a paper trail more difficult.
Our Harn family's known beginning is in Maryland in the mid-1700s. They may have much earlier origins here, but we have yet to complete a paper trail proving it. The same family members' records use Harn and Hearn interchangably.
If you are an Ancestry member, the price for a DNA test is 50% off until October 31st, so this is a great time to do this test. If you have previously been tested, your results can be transferred. Two of our group have already submitted their samples.
A DNA test is a simple cheek swab. NO blood is involved. Only those markers that are handed down from father to son are tracked. This is NOT a complete DNA analysis. These results will show if men share a common ancestor, and how far back that ancestor connection occurred. You will be notified of all matches currently in their file and of any future matches found. For a full explanation of what we can learn, I suggest you visit the DNA tab on Ancestry.com.
Our line begins in Frederick Co., Maryland with John and Dorcas Davis Harn. He was b about 1740 and died after 1811 and before 1820. John's sons were Caleb, Mathias, Denton, Greenbury, Elijah, Horatio, and Johnzee. Some remained in Maryland. One migrated very early to Kentucky. Some moved to western Pennsylvania. From there they spread to Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and many points beyond.
We've gathered much data about the earlier Hearne/Hearn families on the eastern shore of Maryland and in Delaware, as well as on a Michael and Daniel in Anne Arundel county, and an Overton Harne in Frederick and Washington counties. We also have a contact who has done much work on a line in South Carolina. We'd like to add to our research group.
We have amassed a great deal of material in pursuit of our ancestry. Some of it connects to our family and much doesn't. We're willing to share whatever we have with any participant. Everyone will benefit by pooling our efforts! If you're female, we welcome you as an addition to the research group without a DNA test. Tests for women aren't helpful. The bigger our group grows, the more we all learn.
Please contact LouAnn at LSpyres1@suddenlink.net. [the character before the @ is the numeral one] if you'd like to become a DNA participant and/or work with us to sort out all the early Harn/Harne/Hearn/Hearne families.