Individuals who post to this Genforum list have a lot of questions, and so do I.Though asked these questions, in most cases, are not adequately answered.The reason being that there is no known documentation or the documentation only poses more questions.
There is a way that some of these most important questions can be answered.We can get a decisive “YES” or “NO” to certain questions.An example of one of these questions that can be decisively answered is the question of whether or not Cherokee Tom Mantooth is a direct male line descendant of Sir Thomas Monteith, of Scotland and Virginia. The answer to this question can be had by Y-chromosome DNA testing for genealogical purposes. Male individuals with the surname of Monteith, Mantooth, Menteith and that believe they are direct male line descendants of Sir Thomas can take this test. After testing a representative number of such individuals we will have our answer.
Another question that could be answered is “who exactly was James Monteith who married Lady Magdalen Dalyell”? If I understand this correctly, Menteith was a title an Earldom that was held by several different families, two of which were the Stewarts and Grahams.
So, by comparing the results of DNA tests we can answer the above perhaps most important question.Who was James Monteith? If he wasn’t a Stewart or a Graham then to what Scottish family did he belong?
Below I have listed two web sites of interest. The first is the testing company where you can get most of your questions answered about male Y-chromosome DNA testing for genealogical purposes.
The second site listed contains the result of many of the testers form different Scottish Clans. You have to scroll way down and allow time for it to load.
Y-chromosome DNA testing and results comparison is a numbers game.Anyone with a little experience and common sense can do it; “What You See Is What You Get”.
This is an Y-chromosome test and only the males have an Y-chromosome. Males have Y and an X Chromosome. Females have two X-chromosomes. If you are a female that descends from the Monteiths’ or Mantooths’ you can recruit your surnamed relative to take the test. You could even be his sponsor and help with the cost of testing.
My Y-chromosome is Gabennesch and my X-chromosome is Elizabeth “Betsy” Burke who married John Frazier (Fraser, Frasure) in Cocke Co. Tennessee in the early 1800’s. I think they all lived on the Pigeon River around Edwina. My Mantooth ancestor was Lydia the daughter of John Mantooth and granddaughter of Cherokee Tom.
Our best bet would be, for those that are interested, to join the Scottish Clan Program. Remember that when you are tested through a group program you get a sizable discount. If you need any help or have any questions please contact me.