My happy July 4th news: Richard Whitten, Revolutionary War veteran ancestor, confirmed with DNA

+44 votes

This is one of the coolest things that's happened to me, personally, through my participation on WikiTree.

I just got the news that I'm a 37 of 37 marker Y-chromosome DNA match with a Mr. Keith Whitten.

Keith and I met through WikiTree a few months ago. He found one of my profiles (cousin bait in action) and sent me a private message saying that we might be distant cousins.

Keith said he thought that my brickwall Whitten ancestor, Samuel H. Whitten, was the brother of his ancestor, Richard Eli Whitten.

Honestly, I was a little skeptical about our connection. Keith's sources were second and third-hand family genealogies. I'd done as much research as I could years ago and couldn't find any record of Samuel Whitten's parents. Frank Gill and others even helped here on G2G and couldn't break through the brickwall.

I asked Keith if he'd be willing to take a Y-chromosome DNA test and he readily agreed. Over the weekend the results came back and like I said, we're a perfect match. Yay!

What makes this especially cool is that behind my brickwall was a Revolutionary War veteran, Richard Whitten (1763-1845). 

Mags helped dig up solid sources for him, including his pension application:

Richard Whitten, aged 57, of Cornish, July 5, 1820. Private in Capt. Williams's Co., Col. Sprout's Regt., Mass. line. Original declaration made Apr. 13, 1818. Pension No. 7,468. Affirmed. Family: Mercy, wife, aged 55; Richard, son, aged 16; Samuel, son, aged 14; Mary, daughter, aged 12.

Happy Fourth of July to me!


WikiTree profile: Richard Whitten
in The Tree House by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
How exciting, great news!
Awesome news indeed!

2 Answers

+13 votes

I hope Keith is willing to add his direct paternal line and YSearch ID to WikiTree.

Very best regards, Peter
by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (606k points)
Congratulations, Chris.

   And Happy Independence Day.

Now you will have new lines to research!  NSDAR patriot ancestor #A125456.  There have been four women accepted as descendants of this man.

Hope I have good luck with my full DNA test.  I have been waiting SIX MONTHS for Family Tree DNA to post my results.  And all this time they have been advertising to get me to buy more.  What are they thinking?!!?

So glad you have had a wonderful result.  -NGP
Finally, my FTDNA results appeared.  Never clearly explained to me what the problem was, but now I have them.
+18 votes

Congratulations, Chris!  I added the SAR burial record for Richard Whitten and the DAR record as a == Source ==.

I guess you will need to join the 1776 Project now!  Kitty 

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (586k points)

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