Bruce Maple
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Bruce Maple

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I am the administrator of a MAPLE/MAPLEY surname Y-DNA study at Family Tree DNA. We are looking for males with surnames such as MAPLE, MAPEL, MABLE, MABEL, MAPLEY, MABLEY, and MABILE. We hope to learn more about the origins of these surnames. Please contact me if you are interested.
Bruce Maple
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Son of DNA confirmed and [mother unknown]
Brother of [private brother (1950s - unknown)] [half] and [half]
Father of [private son (2000s - unknown)]
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For information on how you can help to determine the path by which the Maple paternal line migrated through Europe into England and to the United States, see Space: MAPLE Y-DNA Haplogroup

Category: Maple Name Study

Bruce Maple is a member of the Maple Name Study Project.
Bruce Maple is a member of the Mable Name Study Project.



- Born in 1957 to an Air Force family stationed in South Carolina - also lived in Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North Dakota, and California as a child.
- Lived on or near Vandenburg Air Force Base, California from 1967 to 1975 - graduated from Cabrillo Sr. High School in 1975.
- B. S. in Biochemistry, University of California, Davis, 1979.
- Ph. D. in Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley, 1994.
- Researched the electrophysiology of vertebrate retinas at U. C. Berkeley and at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston, TX).
- Enjoys hiking and photography: Favorite hike - the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal; Highest elevation achieved - Mt. Chimborazo, Ecuador (20,548 ft).
- Currently living near Grass Valley, California.

DNA connections

Here is a partial list of Bruce's autosomal DNA matches (at Family Tree DNA) with known MAPLE ancestry. For purposes of privacy, the match's name is not given -- instead, one of their deceased ancestors along the pertinent ancestral line is listed:
[Nearest Common Ancestor].....(relation)..........................[Match's Ancestor]

Benjamin Maple Jr...............(7th g-grandfather)....................William Nelson

David Maple Jr.....................(5th g-grandfather).....................Emily Elek

Jasper Newton Maple.........(3rd g-grandfather).....................Harold Maple
Jasper Newton Maple.........(3rd g-grandfather).....................Stanley Maple

If you have known MAPLE ancestry, please consider doing a Family Finder test with Family Tree DNA and/or import your autosomal DNA test results into GEDMATCH.
For more information, see Space: Maple DNA.

Areas of Research

The progenitor of the Maple family in America, Benjamin Maple Sr, is thought to have come from Ipswitch, England ... but did he really?
See Space: Maple Origins

Migration of MAPLE families to western Pennsylvania and the Northwest Territory prior to Ohio statehood:
Several of Benjamin Maple Jr's children moved from New Jersey to western Pennsylvania (Greene County and Fayette County) in the 18th century. A close association of these families remained as they migrated further into Ohio (Jefferson County, Columbiana County, and Coshocton County). I am trying to better understand the relationships between these Maple families.
See Space:Maple Migrations

I am the administrator of the Maple Surname Y-DNA Project at Family Tree DNA. This project is attempting to:
1. Use Y-DNA to resolve uncertainties in the Maple family Tree in America.
2. Discover the origins of the Maple surname in England.


DNA Confirmation:

  • Paternal relationship with Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Jasper Newton Maple has been confirmed by FTDNA Family Finder and Big Y-700 tests. A Maple 3rd cousin, once removed, shares 106 cM across 15 segments. The largest segment (37 cM) contains a 9 cM segment shared by a descendant of Mary (Maple) Roseberry, daughter of Jasper's Great-Great Grandfather, Benjamin Maple Jr.
  • This Maple 3rd cousin, once removed, also shares the Y-DNA SNP R-FT94958, which originated somewhere downstream of David R. Maple, my 5th great grandfather.
  • Additional evidence is given by Ancestry DNA matches with nearest common ancestors as follows:
Grandfather John Maple -
1069 cM across 40 segments (1st cousin)
734 cM across 33 segments (1st cousin)
Great Grandfather Jasper Maple -
336 cM across 15 segments (1st cousin, once removed)
161 cM across 7 segments (2nd cousin)
Great-Great Grandfather David Maple -
18 cM across 1 segment (3rd cousin, once removed)
Great-Great-Great Grandfather Jasper Maple -
40 cM across 1 segment (4th cousin)
24 cM across 2 segments (3rd cousin, once removed)
4th Great Grandfather David Maple III -
11 cM across 2 segments with a 4th cousin, once removed descended from James Maple.
5th Great Grandfather David R Maple -
11-14 cM on 1 segment shared with seven ~6th cousins descended from William B. Maple.
10-13 cM on 1 segment shared with six ~6th cousins descended from John Maple.

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DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Bruce or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
  • Bruce Maple: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R1b-BY63743, FTDNA kit #N175517 + Y-Chromosome Test, haplogroup R1b-BY135865
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Bruce:

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For whatever it's worth, source [DNSP] on Stillwell-411 supports your observation that the Thomas Stillwell who married Alice Throckmorton and Hannah Taylor descended from Richard Stilwell, the first son of Nicholas Stillwell (b. ca. 1606). This is all documented in the research notes section of Stillwell-411.
posted by Marion Ceruti Ph.D.
Please check your "Suggestions" list for ways to refine the profiles that you manage. Thank you for keeping WT as accurate as possible.

Hi Bruce, It looks like you may have some outstanding merges that need attention. You can find them by following the link at the top of this page under >My Wikitree>Watchlist, then hit the button that says Pending Merges

Thanks for helping with Wikitree

posted by Robin Lee

Please share your ancestry sources for William and Kesiah Larrison Maple's profile. Have found little to nothing for her father George.

Thanks Sharon

posted by Sharon (Hardman) West
Thank you Bruce for allowing me to access your site for Maples thru Elias Mellott.
posted by Janice Gray
Hello Bruce, haven't done much research in recent years but have Maple ancestors from Harrison & Carroll counties in Ohio. We have contributed to Telford Grant Maple's family history book back in the 1990s after I talked with him on the phone. I have had the Family Tree DNA test done a while back also. I am descended from Jacob Maple's son Elijah and then Elijah's daughter, Amanda Ellen Maple who married George Hawk.
posted by Thomas Flowers
Wow bruce that was some important information that fits into the Maple/McCorkhill/ Duncan puzzle I am trying to solve. Thank you for the information!!!
Hi Bruce, 1/2 of my husbands ancestors are from the same Ohio area (Jefferson County, Columbiana County, and Coshocton County, as well as the migration into Carroll, Stark and Harrison and Tuscarawas County). I am trying to better understand the migration patterns of the two migrating communities (one from the Massachusetts/Connecticut /NY to Ohio, the other from Virginia/Pennsylvania to Ohio) as they blended into one.
Thank you for your input for Elizabeth Maple. I hadn't got to that generation yet. ( I am still on Jame's and Jane's' children.) The biographies of the children of William R and Rebecca Maple are still old profiles that I inherited and still need to research. Thank for the heads up! :)

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