Well actually not very new……. I have been very slack on the One Name Study for the last few years when I have been busier on the Open Source Software stuff. Philip Gammon contacted me over five years ago apparently, but got back in touch recently. This prompted me, with information from his email, to find the tree I had started back then (but not finished) and continue linking his tree to the BMD and census data for Gammon people that I have collected in my indexes. This is a family that has been in the Maidstone (Kent, England) area for many years. I really need more copies of certificates to confirm relationships, and/or to dig a bit deeper into other datasets to go back further in time. The work so far can be found here:
Phil has a lot more information about his family tree than I have in my database, and believes there is a connection with the STEP Family Group of Boxley, Kent.
We have a DNA result from the PHIL Family Group in the FamilyTreeDNA Gammon Project. The haplogroup in this result seems to be distinct from other DNA tests in the Gammon project. Results from someone connected to the STEP family would be very interesting. Do you know anyone called Gammon with connections in Kent?
Thanks to Julie Gammons convincing Reed Guymon that it was a good idea, we now have some DNA evidence that Guymon may be linked to the Gammon name. Reed’s closest match was to me, although the probabilities show that it was probably up to 20 generations back that we would find the connection. Here are the results so far from the Gammon DNA project:
“I was wondering if you had any other matches or information linking you to anyone else in the United States. We are awaiting results of another person that we have been in contact with who has ancestors that lived nearby. Their ancestor’s name was listed as Gammon, Gammons, and then later Guymon. The Guymon name has stuck with that line. We are wondering if this is our link, as tradition says that a William Guymon and wife Elizabeth Curry, sailed over from possibly England or Ireland. It was said that William died at sea during the trip, and his wife was pregnant with Isaiah (the one we saw listed first as Gammon). He ended up living with his Uncle Malcolm Curry in Stokes County, NC. Not sure of any of this, but we’ll see if they turn up as a match.”
I am pretty sure that I have also collected the Guymon name when I have come across it, but I will make sure that I definitely do from now on, just in case!!
Can any readers of this blog confirm this theory or add any further light?
Julie Gammons has been in touch to say that her husband’s grandfather’s DNA (William Clyde Gammons) is a very good match to my own. Even though our known ancestors lived on opposite sides of “the pond”, it is likely that we are distant cousins!
Here is what FamilyTreeDNA’s analysis states:
In comparing Y-DNA37 markers, which show 4 mismatches, the probability that Mr. Ross Edwin Gammon and Mr. William Clyde Gammons shared a common ancestor within the last…