For those who care about Hungerfordiana these are exciting times.We are learning more about our various family lines now than ever before.Thanks to science we have uncovered facts that were not possible or were cost-prohibitive to find five years ago.
We are still actively recruiting male Hungerfords from certain family lines in order to verify results and discover connections.We are currently seeking volunteers from the Hungerford line that Linda Marullo documented some time ago--they trace back to James (born c. 1751) who died in Tennessee on July 21st, 1828.His descendants migrated to Louisiana and Texas.
We are also looking for individuals, originally from Ireland, who located in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Massachusetts who called themselves Hungerford, Hungerville, and Hungiville.We have one volunteer from this group but need more as they may or may not be related to each other.(The one kit has not been tested yet.)
Finally, we are attempting to contact Thomas Hungerford of Hartford descendants who trace themselves through Thomas II's son John (SH4).The reason we are researching this specific group will be explained when we review the discoveries.
There have been some major discoveries.The sequence in which they were made is part of the story.The first surprise came when the Thomas of Hartford, CT line and the Australian/Irish line did not match up.We now have 2 results--one Irish and one Australian (with a third on the way) and the Irish and Australians are related.(One would think that is obvious - but not in light of some other discoveries we have made!)
We then received a kit from a fellow who traces back to the Maryland Hungerfords.He did not match the Irish/Australians nor the Thomas of Hartford, CT Hungerfords who had submitted DNA up to that point.
Things started getting very interesting when we received a test kit from a member of the Thomas Hungerford of Hartford, CT line--and it was different from the other Thomas of Hartford, CT family members results!AND--he was related to the Maryland branch Hungerford.Needless to say this got us scrambling to make sense of the results.We approached and received two more Hungerford volunteers who trace back through Thomas II's son Green and they matched the original Green Hungerford descendants results and the Maryland line too.
Taking a closer look at the early Thomas Hungerford of Hartford families we took note of the fact that Thomas I had Thomas II--who then had three sons who carried on the family name: Thomas III (SH3), John (SH4), and Green (SH5).What we have is 5 descendants of Thomas III and three from Green (SH5) and they match each other but not their cousins.We want to be thorough so we want some fellows from the SH4 line.If the John Hungerford volunteers match the Green DNA results we have a working theory as to what may have happened.If John and Thomas III results match we will be very confused!
Our theory: Thomas (SH3) was reported to be a sea-faring man who died soon after he returned from sea in New London, CT on 29 Sep 1750.Perhaps his wife did not stay true to her vows during the lengthy periods when he wasn't home.
Finally, a test kit returned by a family member of the Hungerfords documented by Linda Marullo led to another surprise.The line that traces back to James (c.1751-1828) matches up with the Irish/Australian line!This leads us to "connect some dots" and make the following guesstimate.James (LM1--in honor of Linda Marullo) is found in a 1787 Lunenburg County, Virginia census.The last remaining Hungerford group in which we have not been able to find current male Hungerfords to volunteer is the Virginia Hungerford line.Stanley Hungerford documents the Virginia line as starting with James Hungerford (1710-?).Could it be that the Louisiana/Tennessee Hungerfords trace back to James and he, in turn, immigrated from Ireland?
As stated before, we still need some more volunteers and we do have 9 more kits generously donated by one of our DNA test participants.We are currently discussing the possibility of doing a "forensic DNA" study on a Hungerford from the English family.We consider it "Phase Two" of this exciting research.More to come.