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Kinman Pennsylvania DNA results

Pennsyvania Kinman Family



DNA Studies in General Summary of our Results
Kinnesman Kingsman(Wiltshire)
& Kinsman (USA)
Kingsman(Scotland)
& Kingsmill

Kinsman (Cornwall) Kinsman (Cornwall)
&? Pafford (USA)
Kinsman (Leicester)
&? Atkinson (Cumberland)
Kinman (USA)
&? Langley & Maynor
Kinman England Kinsman Scotland Kingman Somerset & USA
Last Update - October 2018

This part of the study was started in 2014 following 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. Family lore says that the family originally came from Scotland - this statement being sourced from the opinion of one person several generations after the event.

This is potentially 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 shows that this family name died out in Scotland by the time of the start of the census records with no known male direct line descendants in the UK. Despite numerous searches, no evidence has been found of any migrations from this family to the Americas.

We started with only one DNA result for this line, originally done at 37 markers. This showed that there was definitely no link to one of the two English Kinman family lines, for which we already had results. A link to the other line remains a possibility but we do not yet have a donor from that line.

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 most likely 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 since had a second US Kinman participant, this time descended from Thomas Kinman, thought to be the one 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.

A third match materialised, but this time with the surname of Nance. Investigative work showed the family tie-in via an illegitimacy in the 1800s traced back to Jasper Kinman in Indiana.

This American family group is the largest group being studied via autosomal DNA. We currently have 46 descendants of this line (not all now called Kinman of course) who have contributed their DNA profiles for comparison via gedmatch.com. One surprising result that has come from this study is that just a few of these participants have small (but significant) matches to descendants of the Kinman family of Worcestershire, England.

These are far too small to be relied upon as direct evidence, but are perhaps indicators of a common heritage way back in the past. If true and from a Kinman connection, the common link is at least 12 generations back - far further than current perception deems reliable.

However, these weak links caused a deeper exploration into the possibility that Samuel and William (and perhaps even John and Thomas) were of a common family unit within this English Kinman tree.

Much to our surprise this family unit does exist. Samuel, William and John Kinman were brothers born around 1700, sons of Francis Kinman of Holborn, Middlesex. Further, John had children Thomas, John and Sarah all born in the 1720s. These brothers and children all disappear from the English records about 1730, which is when Samuel and William appear in Pennsylvania.

In 1739 these three brothers were disinherited in the will of the eldest brother in this family, though no reson is given. They were all "cut off with one shilling to each and every of them"

A further possible link in the chain is that this family had strong connections with a family of the surname Maynard which may be why there is a link to the Manor (corrupted form of Maynard) family in America now.

More participants are always welcome, we would especially welcome anyone from the English side of this family who might add to the Y-DNA story.


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John Kinman Henry Kinman als Hodges Richard Kinman als Hodges John Kinman Thomas Kinman Jasper Kinman




Last updated 13 Oct 2018