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Helen GRAY
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Generation: 1
  1. Helen GRAY c. 20 Nov 1756, Fetlar, Zetland, Scotland.

Generation: 2
  1. Peter GRAY b. 1733, Fetlar, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

  2. Peter m. Margaret BAIN Margaret b. Pre-1742, Oddsta, Fetlar, Shetland Islands, Scotland. [Group Sheet]

  3. Margaret BAIN b. Pre-1742, Oddsta, Fetlar, Shetland Islands, Scotland.

    Children:
    1. James GRAY b. 1752, Mid & South Yell, Zetland, Scotland.
    2. Ollaphar GRAY c. 17 May 1754, Mid & South Yell, Zetland, Scotland.
    3. 1. Helen GRAY c. 20 Nov 1756, Fetlar, Zetland, Scotland.
    4. Helen GRAY c. 9 Nov 1757, Fetlar, Zetland, Scotland.
    5. Laurence GRAY c. 12 Feb 1759, Fetlar, Zetland, Scotland.
    6. John GRAY c. 7 Aug 1762, Fetlar, Zetland, Scotland.
    7. George GRAY c. 14 Nov 1764, Basta, North Yell, Fetlar, Zetland, Scotland.
    8. Margaret GRAY

Generation: 3
  1. Olla GRAY b. Pre-1700, Unst, Shetland Islands, Scotland; d. Abt 29 Mar 1733, Haaf, Zetland, Scotland.

    Notes:
    GRAY 13 23 14 10 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 16 09 09 11 11 25 15 20 30 15 15 17 18 (19677) Haplogroup
    R1b1c9;

    Proposed Origin: Surname - Y-DNA Signature:
    Scottish Mainland - German / Scandinavian;

    Meaning and Early Occurrences of the Name - Shetland (Beattie), Orkney (Lamb), Scotland (Black):
    Name possibly Norman, from a town in the department of Haute - Saone, France (Greye in Calvados). The name has been in Scotland since at least the thirteenth century. The name is seen in Orkney from the earliest days of Scottish rule, and in Shetland from at least 1543;

    Traditions:
    The ancestor of the present participant was Rev. Robert GRAY who studied in Glasgow in 1695, was licenced to preach in Hamilton, Lanarkshire 20 June 1700, he travelled to Shetland in 1702 and was ordained Minister of Nesting, Lunnasting, and Whalsay 29 July 1703. Family tradition records that Rev. Gray may have had a number of illegitimate children beyond the 8 "official" children;

    Earliest Known Paternal Ancestor:
    Robert GRAY, born Nesting, son of the above Rev. Robert GRAY and Margaret SINCLAIR;

    DNA Matches:
    There are 43 exact 12 / 12 matches in the FTDNA customer database, making it a fairly common haplotype. There is one high resolution match of 23/25 with a SHELTON. The significance of this match is unknown. Looking at the Haplogroup Database, Denmark and Germany figure prominently in the assortment of matches; without the usual matches to Spain, Portugal and Ireland that is typically seen in Celtic / Pictish signatures. Even taking into account sample size, the preponderance of matches are to England;

    Comments:
    If using the Haplogroup Database in relation to the traditional origins of the surname, plus the positive result for the Y marker S21, the data is consistent with a family whose origins are in England - Norman or Anglo - Saxon being likely.

    Y-DNA haplogroup R is mainly represented in two lineages. Lineage R1a is thought to have originated in the Eurasian Steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas. It is associated with the Kurgan culture, known for the domestication of the horse (approximately 3000 B.C.E.). This lineage is currently found in central and western Asia, India, and in Slavic populations of Eastern Europe. A well-known individual of the R1a lineage is Somerled founder of Clan Donald. Lineage R1b originated prior to the end of the last ice age where it was concentrated in refugia in southern Europe and Iberia and is the most common in European populations. It is especially common in the west of Ireland where it approaches 100% of the population. This haplogroup contains the Atlantic modal STR haplotype.
    R M207 (UTY2), M306 (S1), S4, S8, S9 • R* - • R1 M173 • • R1* - • • R1a SRY10831.2 (SRY1532) • • • R1a* - • • • R1a1 M17, M198 • • • • R1a1* - • • • • R1a1a M56 • • • • R1a1b M157 • • • • R1a1c M64.2, M87, M204 • • R1b M343 • • • R1b* - • • • R1b1 P25 • • • • R1b1* - • • • • R1b1a M18 • • • • R1b1b M73 • • • • R1b1c M269, S3, S10, S13, S17 • • • • • R1b1c* - • • • • • R1b1c1 M37 • • • • • R1b1c2 M65 • • • • • R1b1c3 M126 • • • • • R1b1c4 M153 • • • • • R1b1c5 M160 • • • • • R1b1c6 SRY2627 (M167) • • • • • R1b1c7 M222 • • • • • R1b1c8 P66 • • • • • R1b1c9 S21 (U106) • • • • • • R1b1c9* - • • • • • • R1b1c9a L1 (S26) • • • • • • R1b1c9b S29 (U198) • • • • • R1b1c10 S28 (U152) • • • • R1b1d M335 • R2 M124

  2. Olla m. Scotta WILSON Scotta b. Pre-1713. [Group Sheet]

  3. Scotta WILSON b. Pre-1713.

    Notes:
    WILSON 13 24 14 10 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 18 09 10 10 11 25 15 19 30 13 15 17 17 (19822) R1b1c*;
    Scottish Orkney - Celtic / Pictish; Patronymic (but atypical of Shetland); While it is possible that the Wilsons of Shetland migrated directly from Fife in Scotland, a more compelling argument can be made for an origin in nearby Orkney where the surname has been established since at least 1492; Andrew WILSON, born 1708, Busta, Fair Isle, son of Jerome WILSON; YSTR Database: 412 / 20,000 matches - Widely scattered throughout Western Europe; Plugging this participant's numbers into the Oxford Ancestors database, matches occured in all countries of the British Isles (their client base is primarily from this region), as well as Germany, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. There are 123 matches in the FTDNA customer database - including a few Wilsons. An examination of the match profile in the Haplogroup Database shows a pattern typically seen in Scots - matches from Spain to Russia. High resolution matches at 23 / 25 with a a variety of individuals whose surnames are decidedly Scottish such as MacPherson, Sinclair, Ferguson, MacCorkle and Stirling. No matches at the 37 marker level;

    The surname Wilson likely has an origin in Mainland Scotland and appears to have been used as a surname from at least the 1600s, long before the Norse occupants of Shetland in the male line chose a "permanent" surname - and thus has an entirely different origin than Williamson.

    There is circumstantial evidence that would take this participant's ancestry back to the 1500s to one Robert WILSON via a series of Jerome WILSONS. The participant in this instance was tested for the various markers that define the haplogroups. The finding of M269, and negative on markers such as S21 and S28 places him in the R1b1c* category which is somewhat generic northern European; however the haplotype is consistent with native Pict.


    Y-DNA haplogroup R is mainly represented in two lineages. Lineage R1a is thought to have originated in the Eurasian Steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas. It is associated with the Kurgan culture, known for the domestication of the horse (approximately 3000 B.C.E.). This lineage is currently found in central and western Asia, India, and in Slavic populations of Eastern Europe. A well-known individual of the R1a lineage is Somerled founder of Clan Donald. Lineage R1b originated prior to the end of the last ice age where it was concentrated in refugia in southern Europe and Iberia and is the most common in European populations. It is especially common in the west of Ireland where it approaches 100% of the population. This haplogroup contains the Atlantic modal STR haplotype.

    R M207 (UTY2), M306 (S1), S4, S8, S9 • R* - • R1 M173 • • R1* - • • R1a SRY10831.2 (SRY1532) • • • R1a* - • • • R1a1 M17, M198 • • • • R1a1* - • • • • R1a1a M56 • • • • R1a1b M157 • • • • R1a1c M64.2, M87, M204 • • R1b M343 • • • R1b* - • • • R1b1 P25 • • • • R1b1* - • • • • R1b1a M18 • • • • R1b1b M73 • • • • R1b1c M269, S3, S10, S13, S17 • • • • • R1b1c* - • • • • • R1b1c1 M37 • • • • • R1b1c2 M65 • • • • • R1b1c3 M126 • • • • • R1b1c4 M153 • • • • • R1b1c5 M160 • • • • • R1b1c6 SRY2627 (M167) • • • • • R1b1c7 M222 • • • • • R1b1c8 P66 • • • • • R1b1c9 S21 (U106) • • • • • • R1b1c9* - • • • • • • R1b1c9a L1 (S26) • • • • • • R1b1c9b S29 (U198) • • • • • R1b1c10 S28 (U152) • • • • R1b1d M335 • R2 M124

    Children:
    1. 2. Peter GRAY b. 1733, Fetlar, Shetland Islands, Scotland.