Posts Tagged ‘Ancestors’

DNA Results Published

April 28, 2008

We’ll there in–the results from a DNA test on our line. The results are posted on the Wilkes FamilyTree DNA Project.   We were specifically testing for a match between W-20 and W-23.  You can see that the first 12 markers match.  Randal’s test is being upgraded to a 37 marker test.  I expect that I’ll upgrade as well to see if there are any mutations.  I’ve requested that the Haplo group be tested as well which will provide us with depth in the results.  

At this URL you can find wonderful information about our Wilks/Wilkes line.  The line is as follows:

John Sr. b. c1734
Unknown Son b. c1761?
Jesse b. c1780
Benjamin b 1810
Wm. Elkins b. 1845
Wm. Attless b. 1874
Wm. LeRoy Sr. b. 1898 (my Grandfather)

Of course, the published line continues back but John Wilks/Wilkes is the most current common ancestor for Randal and me.  Here’s Randal’s line as provided by Doris:

John Sr. b. c1734
John Jr. b. c1775
Philip b. 1805
Benjamin Carroll b. 1827
Wm. Wesley Whiteside b. 1884
Kirby Kimmel
Randal Bryan (Doris’ First Cousin)

Doris has published that Grandpa’s immigrant ancestor, Francis Wilks was born in 1699/0, “probably landed at the Port of Philadelphia, not a considerable distance from where he settled on a land patent in Bucks Co., PA.

Thanks to Doris for all the tremendous research she has done over the years.

Dad asked me to look for a social networking site, like GeneTree, where we could start to work together to to make some progress on our family information.  I signed up for GeneTree but don’t like it yet (still in beta).  I’ve also looked at  Anyone know of a site where we could work together on our Family History?



Bejamin Wilkes & Temperance Hand

March 6, 2008

For those of you following the comments by Olivia on the relationship to the Hands (comments here), here’s a link that provides more information: Wilkes/Hand Information. This information is published by Doris Ross Johnston & Patsy Hand.   Doris  has done many years of Wilkes/Wilks research. She’s also published a book titled: Wilks and Young Families, Texas Pioneers: maternal lines, Pfeiffer, Whitesides, Mead, Newman, Marrs, Kerr. If you click on the title you’ll see a list of the Libraries that carry the book. It has artifacts and research that show Benjamin’s Father and Grandfathers. Doris can be reached at e-mail: (please use regular e-mail format when sending to her e.g. You also may be interested to know that her first cousin, Randal Wilks had his DNA recently tested by the Wilkes Project. Follow the link to see the results. Doris has asked that a Wilkes from our branch also get tested. I’ve agreed to be tested. While many of the scientist in the family can describe the meaning of this DNA test better than I can, I like the way the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation describes it. It’s interesting to see all the activity on the Internet associated with Family History (Ok, so I’m not quite objective about it but I haven’t reached the weird phase have I?).