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Constant and Thomas Southworth NEHGS Genealogical Research & DNA Study Project

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The goal of this project is to determine if Constant Southworth’s (b. about 1612) and Thomas Southworth’s (b. about 1617) ancestors descend from Samlesbury or Clarborough England. As Constant and Thomas Southworth’s potential royal descent has not been definitively proven as discussed by Gary Boyd Roberts in "The Royal Descents of 900 Immigrants to the American Colonies, Quebec, or the United States." (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2018), 1:708-709),* I hope that by combining new genealogical research, male Southworth descendant Y-DNA testing and analysis through a New England Historic Genealogical Society study project that Constant and Thomas Southworth’s ancestry will be resolved. Descendants of Sir John Southworth (b. 1526) and Mary Ashton will be identified for Y-DNA testing to compare DNA results against descendants of Thomas Southworth (b. c. 1548), Constant’s and Thomas’ grandfather. Additionally, this project will identify living male descendants of Richard Southworth (b. 1545) and his wife Imogene Aston of Clarborough, Nottinghamshire to compare DNA results.

  • “Note that the surname of the mother [Aston] of the newly alleged Leyden Southworths of Clarborough [referencing Sue Allan’s research], if Ashton rather than Aston (a common error), is that of the paternal grandmother [Mary Ashton) and of the formerly alleged Leyden Pilgrim, Edward Southworth of Samlesbury…Further Ashton and Levesey [Emma Levesey of Keeton, wife of Richard Southworth of Clarborough and Welham; Edward’s father according to Ms. Allan] research is eagerly awaited, as is more information on earlier Southworths of Clarborough, and clinching proof (or disproof) of one of these Edward Southworths as the Leyden Pilgrim and father of Constant and Thomas of Mass.”

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I'm very interested in the Southworth linage. This is on my fathers grandmother side, so no male DNA. I do believe that my 4th GGM was, Southworth-1127, her daughter, Brooks-15887 does not have a Birth Certificate but has everything else and mentioned in the Joseph Bixby my grand-fathers book. So I'm learning it's very important to have a male Southworth DNA. I have joined a Southworth family on Facebook and asked the men there to do a DNA test, they are reluctant as I think they worry about illegitimate children or what ever men fear. One though has a 90 year old Southworth father and I said to him, even better, being older will go back further. He's thinking about it. I have uploaded my DNA to compare. This linage, also leads to Edward Fuller passenger on the Mayflower, as well as others. It's a very important linage to figure out to me, for so many reasons. ~Terralea