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Scottish Kinsman Family



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The Scottish Kinsman line starts with a Walter Kinsman, who lived in Aberdour, Fife, probably born around 1600 to 1610 although Scottish records are a bit sparse at that time. Several lines descended from him, most of which died out, but with the notable exception of John Kinsman, a weaver of Dairsie, Fife from whom all known present day Scottish Kinsman descend.

Harry Kinsman, was known only by reference to him on several documents, army records and marriage certificates, of his son Alexander James Kinsman. Alexander said he was born in 1892 in Toronto, Canada according to his merchant seaman's ID card, but no Canadian record of that birth, or of Harry in Canada has yet been found.

On the other hand, there is an excellent paper trail for the decendants of Ann Kinsman (daughter of John, who married John Rodger in St Andrews, Fife, in 1828. Several descendants of this couple have taken autosomal DNA tests and are good matches on that test for the line of Harry Kinsman. The closeness of those autosomal matches suggests that the most recent common ancestor would be at the generation of John Kinsman.

More recent research in South Africa has shown that Harry Kinsman (Alexander's father) was in fact Henry Williams, also known as Henry Kinsman Williams. In this case the Kinsman name actaully came from Henry William's wife who was the great-grand daughter of John Kinsman of Dairsie.

While this is in direct accord with the autosomal DNA matches, it does of course mean that the Y-DNA result we have does not represent the Kinsman male line, but is instead one of the Williams families. This leaves us in the dark as to whether the Scottish Kinsman link to any of the English Kinsman families.

As ever, more DNA samples would help a lot, especially from a Kinsman descendant of John of Dairsie.

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Last updated 28 February 2016