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|Last Update - November 2015
This is still a relatively young tree as far as this study is concerned, started just last year following from a contact from a descendant of this line. The line traces back with confidence to a John Kinman, who was born about 1739 and lived in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
He is possibly the son of a William Kinman & Margaret Williams, or perhaps of Samuel Kinman and his wife Margaret, or possibly Samuel and William are the same person. Nothing definite is known of where they came from or how they came to the USA, but family lore says that the family originally came from Scotland.
This is entirely possible as there was a small family of Kinman in Perthshire who were there from the 16th century through to the start of the Victorian era. Research suggests that the family died out in Scotland by the time of the start of the census records with no known male direct line descendants in the UK.
We started with only one DNA result for this line, originally done at 37 markers. This showed that there was definitely no link to the English Kinman family line, for which we already had results.
However, it did show quite good matches with the line of Maynor from North Carolina (matched 34/37 +3) and also of Langley of South Carolina (matched 33/37 +4).
In order to explore this further, and probably to eliminate them as matches, the donor upgraded his test to 67 markers. The result of this was that Maynor still matched well (61/67 +6) but that Langley were surprisingly an even better match (63/67 +4).
It is early days yet and much paper tracing needs to be done to see if there is a common geographical locus that may help explain these close matches.
We have now had a second US Kinman participant, this time descended from Thomas Kinman, born in Pennsylvania in 1732 - either cousin or brother to John referred to above. Surprisingly the two Kinman samples match 37/37 - highly unusual over so many generations. It is always possible that there is some convergence occurrring to make this match so close. This will only be drawn out if we get more participants to demonstrate whether the markers have diverged and then come back together again.
More participants are always welcome.