Willard and Brazil in the family shows simon willard in my dna

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My grandfathers name is John Ducan Willard, my dads name is Charles Virgil Willard, and grandma name is Sara Etta Brazil Willard, I seen on ancesory that simon Willard is in the family tree.  family came from Arkansas, but also I have seen Kentucky as well please help me by letting me know if we are kin to each other in some ways
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Hi Gloria, You need to build out your tree in order to determine any relationship to Simon Willard.  There is no way someone, without more information, can say whether you, a 21st century person with roots in Kentucky and Arkansas, are related to a 17th century man in England and Massachusetts.  That is too much of a leap.

You mention DNA in the title of your question, but you didn't elaborate in the question itself.  Who had what kind of DNA test done, and what did it show?  Have you been able to find a descendant of Simon Willard who also had a DNA test done?

Your best bet is to start with what you know, your parents and grandparents, and work back from there in generation at a time.  The US Census records show that John Duncan Willard lived in Arkansas, but he was born in South Carolina, as were his parents and grandparents.  The 17th century Simon William was born in England and died in Massachusetts.  Not an impossible connection. but not very likely.
by Vic Watt G2G6 Pilot (362k points)
My half brother has had his DNA done and is on this site, as Willard is on his mothers side of the family his great-grandmother Eliza Ann Flintoff Willard which if I have got my facts right should show up in his DNA born 1873 at Nottinghill London, you might be able to compare with him. As that side of the family appear to have a minimum of 10 children and have history of men in the Navy, I imagine quite a few would have gone to America.


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