The Sandefer/Sandefur/Sanderfer/Sandifer/Sandiford (and other spelling variants) DNA Project now has the DNA results for 10 participants. So far, there are three unrelated groups.
The largest group has six participants with spellings of Sandefur, Sanderfer, Sandifer and Sandiver. Their paper trails take them back to Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Their DNA results show they are related and share a common ancestor, perhaps just a generation or two beyond their paper trails. Finding what appears to be relatively close relationships between the VA/NC participants (some of whose descendants went to Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana and elsewhere) and the SC participants has been something of a surprise. The descendants of the SC participants were in Chester County and Barnwell Counties, and descendants went to Mississippi, some being in Alabama for a while before going on to Mississippi.
It is believed ancestors of this group were in England before migrating to the American Colony of Virginia in the 1600s.
The next group has three participants, with spellings of Sandifer and Sandiford. The strong paper trails of the two Sandifer spelling participants show they both descend from Peter Sandifer, b. 1771 in VA or NC, who was in SC before 1800 and died in 1844 in Pike County, Mississippi. The DNA results show they share a relationship and common ancestor with the the third member of their group, a Sandiford participant, whose ancestry goes back to Lancashire, England where the family stayed until the early 1900s. The DNA results show that this group is not genetically related to the first group, even though the paper trail of Peter Sandifer, b. 1771, is very similar to some of the SC Sandifers in the first group, It is also believed that Peter Sandifer may descend from an early Virginia Colony immigrant.
The third group consists of just one participant, with spelling Sanford. The DNA results show this participant is not related to either of the other two groups.
It might be of interest to all with a surname or variant of Sandefur/Sandifer/Sandiford/Sanderfer/Sanderford, etc. to go to the link below and check the DNA project to see if your ancestor is represented. The RESULTS page has the lineages of the participants and lots of interesting information about DNA. The YRESULTS page has the actual DNA results....not all on that page show their most distant ancestor, but their kit numbers correspond with the lineages on the RESULTS page. Be sure to look at both pages and keep track of the kit numbers, etc.
Please consider joining this project and submitting DNA to be tested. The DNa must come from a male "Sandxxxx", son of male "Sandxxxx" etc. If you are female (as I am) do you have a cousin or uncle or other relative that would qualify? The more involved, the more likely we all are to break down some of our brick walls. We also might find that a great many of us are related.
There is a link on the left side of the Project pages you can use to join the project.....if you have questions or need help, contact the group administrator email@example.com or myself firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tarney (Sandifer) Smith
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