Bill Rowan

Bill Rowan

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Dr. Bill H. Rowan
Born 1940s.
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Son of [private father (1910s - 2000s)] and [private mother (1910s - 2000s)]
Brother of and [private sister (1950s - unknown)]
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B.A., Mathematics, Stanford, 1971.

Ph.D., Mathematics, U.C. Berkeley, 1992.

Medical History

Mother was treated with Lilutin, a progesterone manufactured by Parke-Davis, for spotting in the 10th week of gestation.

Genetic Genealogy Note: Harriett McBroom

Bill's paternal grandmother's paternal grandmother was Harriet McBroom. At 23andme, Bill encountered DNA relatives Douglas Meeker, who is a descendent[1] of Harriet's sister, Olivia (Olive), and Martha and Allan Sohl, who are descendents[2] of Harriet's sister Elizabeth. Comparison shows the matching segments:

From Bill's standpoint:

Comparison Chromosome Start point End point Genetic distance # SNPs
William Rowan vs. Douglas Meeker 9 16000000 20000000 6.4 cM 1285
William Rowan vs. Douglas Meeker 12 95000000 124000000 36.5 cM 6291
William Rowan vs. Martha Sohl 10 53000000 56000000 5.5 cM 1078
William Rowan vs. Martha Sohl 12 64000000 90000000 26.2 cM 4857
William Rowan vs. Allan Sohl 12 64000000 90000000 26.2 cM 4857

and from Douglas' standpoint:

Comparison Chromosome Start point End point Genetic distance # SNPs
Douglas Meeker vs. William Rowan 9 16000000 20000000 6.4 cM 1285
Douglas Meeker vs. William Rowan 12 95000000 124000000 36.5 cM 6291
Douglas Meeker vs. Martha Sohl 10 124000000 135000000 26.4 cM 3141
Douglas Meeker vs. Allan Sohl 10 124000000 135000000 26.4 cM 3141

With the assumption that there are no other recent common lines of inheritance with Douglas, Martha, and Allan, this is strong evidence that these DNA segments were passed down to Harriet and her sisters from her parents, Hewett McBroom and Bridget Robins


  1. Douglas Meeker, personal communication.
  2. Martha Sohl, personal communication.

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  • Bill Rowan: Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 111 markers, haplogroup R1b1b2a1a2f*, FTDNA kit #357761, MitoYDNA ID T11455 [compare]
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On 11 Sep 2017 at 02:56 GMT Dianne (Hansen) Echols wrote:

I believe we both may have a seperate profile for Judith Fourqurean (Fourqurean-3) and Judith Fourqueren Wilkinson Echols (Fourqueren-1). Please check and see if you agree with me. Thanks, Dianne

On 13 Apr 2015 at 15:32 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Bill, Thanks for the message. Peter or April or even Billy

may be the best people to contact about your addition of Clan Gregor , and adding James McGregor, born pre-1650. I am not well-versed in the William the Conqueror lineage )-:

Don't worry. We will find someone to help.


On 6 Dec 2014 at 15:16 GMT Meghan (Dewhurst) Dewhurst- Conroy wrote:

Hi Bill, I will look into uploading results into gedmatch. I have wanted to but had not figured out the process. However, it looks like gedmatch is down this weekend for mtce. I think this service is just available for yDNA and mtDNA. I also have Autosomal DNA results -- and just found some Rowan cousins on thru the Autosomal DNA results. Thanks,


On 26 Nov 2014 at 22:49 GMT Alison Andrus wrote:

HI Bill,

Welcome to the One Name Study project! There are step by step instructions for setting up your page and category on the ONS homepage. If you have any questions, feel free to ask Doug or me.

On 25 Nov 2014 at 02:33 GMT Alison Andrus wrote:

I see that you have taken the Y-DNA test. Would you be interested in starting a One Name Study for your surname? The purpose of the One Name Study is to coordinate any WikiTreers who are researching one particular surname and to provide a resource for collaboration.

For instructions on how to get started and suggestions for getting the most out of your study, see: One Name Study

For more information, contact Doug or Alison with any questions.

On 24 Jul 2014 at 22:36 GMT Richard Draper wrote:

You made some reference to Northampton County. The Balls were from Lancaster County. St. mary's Whitechapel was their home parish.

On 24 Jul 2014 at 22:04 GMT Richard Draper wrote:

Elizabeth Romney was indeed the wife of Joseph Ball of Epping Forest b. 1649.

On 24 Jul 2014 at 21:59 GMT Richard Draper wrote:

re. Richard Ball: RIchard, 1635/40-1677. (died in Maryland) son of William of Millenbeck was brother to Col. Joseph Ball. I have another Richard, (1710-35) brother to Joseph (1712-35) .. both sons of Jospeh Ball and Mary Mottram. See why it gets confusing?

On 24 Jul 2014 at 21:53 GMT Richard Draper wrote:

Mary Spencer was married to Col. John MOTTRAM (not Ball) according to my records. Their Son, Major John Mottram married Hannah Fox, daughter of David Fox and Hannah Ball.

On 22 Jul 2014 at 03:20 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Hi Bill, interesting. No , I agree that Joseph is Mary Ball's father . We just do not have proof of Joseph's parentage. It is a quandary. I am working on the Mary ___ Johnson Ball Hewes ( her mother ) part. Someone else will have to figure out what to do with the Ball's side.


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