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 recently contacted by Pamela, who’s ancestors migrated from the UK to America and ended up in Gorham, Maine. According to the “History of Gorham”, two Gammon brothers came from England when they were quite young, and Pamela would like to track down where they came from in England and trace her family further back in time.
She has sent me quite a bit of information about these brothers, which I am in the process of analysing. But in the meantime, here is a short summary:
“The brothers came from England when they were quite young. They lived first in Cape Elizabeth. Then Joseph lived in Falmouth before he moved to Gorham. On July 7, 1757, Phillip moved from Scarborough to Gorham and purchased a hundred acre lot from David Gorham. Joseph’s property was next to Phillips.”
I will post more information once I have processed it, but if this information rings a bell, then please post a comment and let us know!
“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…
This afternoon, I responded quickly to a query from David GAMMON who has family connections with Nova Scotia, Canada and has also researched other GAMMON lines in Maine and New Hampshire. He has traced his family back to John GAMMON (born around 1733) who moved to Nova Scotia, Canada around 1755. This John Gammon’s wife is either Frances or Lucy (born around 1737).
I have done some uncompleted work on some Gammons in Nova Scotia and New Hampshire. One day soon, I should fish it out and try and finish it.
In any case, if you are reading this and you have Gammon families in Canada or the USA then please do get in touch. I might at least be able to put you in touch with other researchers.