My name is Parke Detweiler Snavely, and I have been researching the genealogy of my family (including my Snavely paternal line) for some time.
My documented “Snavely” line descends from George Snavely (born 11 Jun 1779 in Lebanon Township, Lancaster County, PA) but the paper trail stalls there. Oral family tradition always has maintained that my ancestors were Swiss, and my current best guess is that we are descended from the family of Henry Othlis Snavely (Heinrich Othlis Schnebeli), b. 1670 in Canton Zurich, Switzerland.
I’ve been somewhat frustrated that I cannot more firmly establish the European progenitor of my Snavely line, and my ties to Switzerland. However, recently I’ve begun doing more reading about genetic genealogy and the use of Y-DNA testing to trace deep family history. (An interesting background source of information about the process as applied to the "PA Dutch" was published a couple of years ago by Mr. Darvin Martin at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society which you can find on the LMHS website.)
I have undergone “deep clade” Y-DNA testing through the Family Tree DNA service and was found to be a member of the R1b haplogroup (more specifically R1b1a2a1a1a4: U106+ L48+), which I understand from Mr. Martin’s research is shared by several other PA Dutch descendants including the Hochstetler, Baer, Lehman and Kuhns families. As best I can tell from examining various online databases, I am the only Snavely, to-date, who has reported deep clade Y-DNA test results.
More recent testing shows that my Y-DNA lineage belongs to the sub-clade defined by the SNP L200, under the L48 and U106 SNPs. This sub-clade is fairly rare, with only four individuals being positive out of about 600 tested so far. While this is not defined as a “private” or family sub-clade, it appears to be unusual enough that it would serve to suggest a close family relationship should other members of the extended Snavely family also prove to be L200+.
I thought that I would pass this information on to the community of Snavely investigators, and possibly encourage you to think about adding to the Snavely genetic database to help examine both our deep history as well as our relationship with one another.