John Aitken, born in 1729, died in 1799 and is buried in Wightman's Point Pioneer Cemetery in PEI.
John, his wife Margaret (Lowden) Aitken and their five children, James, Margaret, *Barbara*, Gideon and Agnes set sail from Dumphries, Scotland, UK on 01 May 1775 on the "Lovely Nelly" for St. Johns Island, now PEI Canada.
There is a story that when John's wife, Margaret, died in 1779, John took a second wife who was "reported" to be a local native Indian woman and she gave birth to George Aitken. This is now shown to be untrue. Pamela Smith, a direct descendent of George, shows no North American Indian in her DNA. George's mother was most likely to have been Margaret Lowden, and her death date was after 1779 and before 1798.
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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with John by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known yDNA or mtDNA test-takers in his direct paternal or maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage (beta) of DNA with John: