No ‘Stone’ to be left un­turned in fam­ily his­tory search

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A BID to map the ge­netic links of peo­ple with the sur­name Stone has been launched from across the At­lantic and found its way to the town.

The Stone DNA Project has been run­ning for decades and aims to con­nect fam­i­lies in Amer­ica with their de­scen­dants.

Now one of its mem­bers Sue Pa­trick, nee Stone, has turned her fo­cus on Mac­cles­field, Prest­bury and Poyn­ton.

Sue, who lives in Frank­fort, Ken­tucky, has traced her fam­ily tree all the way back to Wil­liam Stone who was the Gover­nor of the Colony of Mary­land from 1648-1654.

Wil­liam was orig­i­nally from Cheshire and Sue hopes that de­scen­dants of branches from his fam­ily tree are still liv­ing in the area.

As well as ap­peal­ing for Stones to get in touch they are also be­ing asked to com­plete a DNA test­ing to con­nect fam­i­lies across the pond ge­net­i­cally.

Sue said: “I know this may seem like a very un­usual re­quest, but we are hope­ful that some of the Stones who con­nect to Gover­nor Stone’s fam­ily, in­clud­ing the fam­ily of his broth­ers, might still live in the area.

“There are 61 dis­tinct lines of Stones in the US this has been con­firmed us­ing DNA test­ing. We be­lieve my line con­nects to Cheshire but need to test male Stones, since the pa­ter­nal chro­mo­some is passed only from fa­ther to son. Vol­un­teers se­lected will re­ceive a free kit di­rectly from Fam­i­lyTreeDNA, a ge­nealog­i­cal firm in the US. There will be no cost to you. The test it­self is a pain­less cot­ton swab of the in­side of one’s cheek. Af­ter you swab your cheek, you would need to place the swab into the vial that comes with the test. Then just mail the vial, in the pro­vided en­ve­lope, di­rectly to Fam­i­lyTreeDNA fa­cil­i­ties. All the data will re­main con­fi­den­tial un­less you want your name as­so­ci­ated to the kit. The choice is yours.”

Re­cent re­search by author Bill Stone has tran­scribed wills of Stones in Cheshire from the 1500s and 1600s.

It shows pos­si­ble con­nec­tions to Stones in the Poyn­ton and Prest­bury ar­eas.

Sue has writ­ten to 17 Stones in Cheshire but have only heard from one so far. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Stone fam­ily trees in Amer­ica can be found on the Fam­i­lyTreeDNA’s web­site. Type ‘Stone’ in the sur­name search bar. Sue’s line is group seven in the re­sults.

For more de­tails email sue­stonepatrick@gmail. com

●● Sue Pa­trick, nee Stone, from Amer­ica is part of the Stone DNA Project

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