We recently completed the first round of a study to research Laymon (all spellings) family links using Y-chomosome DNA testing. Seven people joined in, 4 with the last name of Laymon and all descended from 3 Laymons (John, Jacob, and Joseph) who lived in VA, TN, KY, and OH from 1770 - 1830s; 2 Laymans descended from Peter Lehman of Lancaster Co., PA in early 1700s; and 1 Layman descended from Nicholus Lehman who arrived in Frederick Co., MD from Hunspach, Alsace around 1700.
In brief, the results show that the 4 Laymons have identical Y-chromosome DNA and have a recent common ancestor. The 3 Laymans also have a common ancestor within the past 1200 years, even though one line was unaware of the other. The Laymons and the Laymans, however, were not related, showing a wide divergence in DNA. To get more detail on this study check out the Laymon DNA Study website that I just designed. http://home.lightspeed.net/~slaymonhttp://home.lightspeed.net/~slaymon
We hope to get more Laymon (all spellings) researchers involved in this study so we can sort out how many different lines of Laymons there actually are. To take the DNA test you have to be a male (only males carry the Y-chromosome) and carry the name Laymon (any spelling). Female researchers can get involved by getting their male siblings and cousins to join in. Note, the test is not cheap, it costs $170/person, but if members of a family each chip in $20 to get one person tested (as some have already done), the cost isn't that bad. If you are interested, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope you all find this interesting - it opens whole new vistas in geneological research, Steve Laymon