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DNA Testing - Help Us Out, Heyd Men!
Posted by: Richard Hite (ID *****8750) Date: July 14, 2002 at 09:15:29
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A Hoyt/Haight/Hite Y-chromosome DNA testing project has been launched. The co-coordinators are Dan Wharton (pelhamdan@aol.com) and Richard Hite (historian of the Hite Family Association). For more information, check this link - http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~doug/hitea/index.html on the website of the Hite Family Association www.HiteAssociation.org. Men with any variations of the surnames Hoyt, Haight, and Hite are eligible to participate in this testing. Some examples of variations are Hight, Height, Heit, Heidt, Heydt, Heyd, Hayde, Hiatt, Hiett, Hyatt, Hites, and Heitz. Women named Hoyt/Haight/Hite or any variation or anyone who descends from female Hoyt/Haight/Hite ancestors can participate by soliciting the collaboration of a male relative with the target surname. However, the Y-chromosome is passed down only from father to son, so only men with the surname should serve as test subjects.

I should point out that there is no need for any two close relatives to take this test (brothers, father/son, uncle/nephew, grandfather/grandson, etc.). Only one sample is needed from a close family group to establish the Y-chromosome reading of that family. I would recommend that no two men any closer kin that third cousins take the test. If a whole family group is interested, they can select one participant among themselves and pool their resources.

This test has already proven one long-suspected relationship a link between Christopher Hite (ca. 1759-1827) and Conrad Hite (1763-1835), of Bedford County, Pennsylvania and Somerset County, Pennsylvania, respectively. Circumstantial evidence suggests that these men, both Revolutionary War soldiers, were brothers, but no document that proves this has ever been found. However, a comparison of the Y-chromosome of Richard Hite of Columbus, Ohio (a descendant of Christopher) and Ken Hite of Dover, Pennsylvania (a descendant of Conrad) revealed a similarity strong enough to prove a relationship between the two men. It does not prove how closely related Christopher and Conrad were, but based on circumstantial evidence in the records of Bedford County, the only logical conclusion is that they were brothers.


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