I am a stranger here who is hoping to help you and also my dna project for the St. John Family at FTDNA.
I am the Project Administrator for the project, and it has long been established that at least one patriline (father-son) of a noble and aristocratic line of St. Johns were descended from Hugh DePort of Port-en-Bessin, Calvados, Normandie, France.
I am trying to prove from a genetic standpoint that this is correct. I did not know that you all existed until today, so please forgive me if this appears to be a sales pitch!
I'll include a link to the site, stop by and kick the tires.
What do you stand to gain from this?
-possibly knowing that your family holdsa St. John lineage that is steeped in royal history. The DePorts were one of the largest landholders in England and Normandie both before and after 1066.The DePorts are listed in the Domesday Book, which is the first known census report in modern history, as great landholders.
-The DePorts assumed the St. John surname to protect interests of the St. John family. Under their new surname they formed marriages with the Plantaganets, owned many castles throughout England, Wales, Ireland, and still hold positions in Parliament.
-The DePorts are an important family from an historical perspective and perhaps their is now a genetic link to us both! Come and meet your new cousins: