Hi, last year a DNA test was done of a number of Eardleys, together with a Yardley in Pennsylvania, the latter a direct descendant of Thomas Yardley (A.D. 1686- 1756) of Bucks county. The tests were done at Oxford Ancestry (the University) , England,run by Professor Sykes. The Yardley matched exactly some of these Eardleys, some of whose families never strayed far from North Staffordshire, and others in the USA. Oxford used a 15 marker system of male DNA, showing the main group to be of what Sykes terms Oisin, a group that includes over 60% of English persons .
I had researched Bud Eardley's line of Sutton, next to Macclesfield, Cheshire, with his many ancestors in the Horton, Meerbrook, Rushton Spencer parishes etc. near Leek. This went back to John and Sarah Eardleys move to Thorneyleigh farm in Meerbrook in the early 1800's.
John was son of Isaac, son of Solomon Eardley and Anne Hordern.
Solomon was baptised in Biddulph, Staffordshire in 1690 of Samuel and Margaret Eardley. Samuel is recorded as Yardley in his marriage inneighbouring Horton parish in A.D. 1678. His two brothers were Quaker William Yardley and Thomas, sons of Richard of Horton. This Thomas (wife Jane), was the father of the Thomas (A.D. 1686 - 1756) who sailed to Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1703 to sort out his three dead cousins property.
Thus the DNA results validated the paper research I had done on this family. It also showed the genetic ancestry and links to the Eardleys of Audley (Yardleys in Royal Heraldic records of 1583). However although widow Alice Eardley of Hall House, Rushton Spencer lists her five younger sons in A.D. 1649, and William Penn records William Yardley living there, no specific record shows the link to the Dairyhouse, Horton Yardleys. John and Alice Eardley had lived at the Ravensclough estate (Ransclough), bordered by the densely wooded Ravensclough gully with its small stone bridge.Ron Eardley (ancestry from Shropshire), matched eleven out of fifteen markers, indicating an ancestral break many centuries previous.
A Missouri Yardley has had a DNA Test done with Texas based Family tree, but I cannot match the two different methodologies. I believe the many Missouri Yardleys, coming from Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina are the line of Richard, nephew of Thomas of Bucks County. Contact me if you can progress the problem.
p.s. all DNA tests are dependent on all Yardley wives having been good girls!