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John Brockett of New England -- crazy theory for his ancestry
Posted by: cswkresearcher (ID *****5669) Date: July 16, 2007 at 15:43:22
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John of New Haven’s Haplogroup

While many of the early New Englanders were from DNA haplogroup R1b (the most common one in Europe), John Brockett’s haplogroup has been estimated as “Q.” The “Q” haplogroup is fairly widespread. However, it might be noted that it includes almost all native Americans. (The Q haplogroup originated in Siberia and they came through Asia and across the Bering Strait to the Americas).

Meaning of “Brockett” surname

The word “brocket” was French and meant “young male deer.” While most names originate from an occupation, a father’s name, or location, the name “Brockett” did not. It is believed to have originated as nicknames for persons resembling “wild animals” -- i.e., given to those who had some quality resembling a deer.

William of Virginia

There were Brocketts in Virginia and North Carolina in the 1600s and 1700s. William came over to Virginia in 1668 as an indentured servant under a 4 year contract. Very little is known of him. He was believed to the be first in the Virginia/North Carolina group. And all the Brocketts in the area were believed to be of a single clan. Williams descendancy is believed to include :
Francis b 1675
It is also believed to possibly include:
Francis II b 1698
Benjamin b 1723
William b 1748

Benjamin of North Carolina

It is believed that the above Benjamin born in 1723 had the following additional descendants through above son William born 1748:
William b 1783
William b 1811
Michael born 1839
Wendell born 1910

DNA project

In the Brockett DNA project, subject #2 is a descendant of William of Virginia (through Francis II’s brother). Subject #3 is a descendant of Benjamin of North Carolina. It was expected that their results would show a common parent. There were very few Brocketts in Virginia and North Carolina. It was assumed that all were related (although the etymology of the name suggests otherwise). And Benjamin’s wife was from Pasquotank County in NC -- same as Francis I. However, less than half of their markers are the same.

On the other hand, Subject #3’s markers are very similar to those of Subjects # 4 and #5 who are believed to be descendants of John of New Haven. There are about 2 or 4 differences (there are some blanks and one of the markers is one of those that is sometimes discounted as being one that mutates faster). There are two many differences for Benjamin to be a direct descendant of John of New Haven. But the dna evidence does suggest that they could have a common ancestor.

Possible theory

Could John Brockett be of native American descent? His father or grandfather may have mixed in with Englishmen on their expeditions in the 1500s? With the name “Brockett” being assigned as a result of the translation of an Indian name that had something to do with deer? The ancestor possibly acted as some sort of guide helping them with the “layout” of the land? Those skills might have been particularly useful to someone interested in trying to survey the land? The ancestor might have been brought back to England and lived in the home of a surveyor and trained their son or grandson as a surveyor? While other family members stayed in NC and mixed with the English? Then John came back over? Is that completely crazy?

And if I want to go even crazier, I could mention the Lost Colony and it’s proximity to Pasquotank County in NC…

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