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Like most DNA studies this one started off with a single volunteer, in this case a descendant of Thomas Kinman, born around 1737. No baptism has been found for this Thomas, but given his age, occupation and location, he is intimately connected with the family of Francis Kinman, founder of Holborn, and most likely his son.
This Francis descends in turn from Richard Kinman, born about 1638, a saddle tree maker in Holborn. This Richard apparently also went by the name of Hodges, which provides the link back to the Kinman family of Kinman of Cow Honeybourne in Worcestershire, where the name of Kinman als Hodges had been known for about a century.
Not all links in the tree are substantiated, but most likely the earliest member of this family is John Kinman who was buried in Cow Honeybourne in 1545.
This DNA flag stood in isolation for eight years until we got a second donor, this time a descendant of Richard Kinman the tree of Kynman of Lincolnshire. Richard was born about 1580 and married in Lincoln in 1604. His descendants lived in Belton on the Isle of Axeholme
These two trees had no indication of a common link, so it came as a surprise that the two donors matched 31/37 +6.
Not the closest possible match and with a ballpark of one mutation every five generations or so not likely to have a common ancestor until the 1300s, but still a significant match showing that these two families share a common root.
It's also worth noting that both branches also match with an extensive American family called ENGLISH. From the mutation patterns it would appear that there are two distinct branches of this English family in the USA coming from two spearate migrations from the same family in England. The link with the Kinman family is most likely at about the time of formation of surnames.