DNA Proof of John of Apesfords family

In November 2017 I received an email from Helen Hudson.  Helen’s husband had had his autosomal DNA tested and it came up with a number of Titterton matches. Helen’s husband’s grandmother had been a Violet Titterton born in 1884. I had traced Violet’s family back in Derby to what was nicknamed the market gardener family which went back to a John Titterton born in Hartington in 1793 and based solely on the fact that the dates tied in nicely I had him as probably the son of a John Titterton born in Youlgreave in 1766 who is the son of a William Titterton who married in 1763. I gave this William a date of birth of about 1740.

There were three DNA hits and all of them I was able place on my own Grindon Titterton family.  Helen’s hits all connect to the John Titterton born in 1691 whose family settled at Apesford.  One hit was his sister Ann Wardle (nee Titterton) and another was to a Joshua Titterton, d.1831, the son of John’s son George.  The third was Martha John’s daughter by his second wife Mary Lovatt.  Thus John born in Hartington in 1793 must be descended from a Grindon Titterton.  The John of Apesford page explains the problems of how many John’s were there who were having families in the Grindon, Leek and Cheadle area in the 1720s to 1740s.  I had come to the conclusion that John had married twice.

Amazingly Helen’s husband’s DNA test proved that I was right.  As I have said the hit to Joshua and Ann Wardle proved that Joshua’s grandfather was Ann’s brother and that the first marriage had been correctly identified. The third hit was to a Martha Titterton who had married John Salt.  This was John’s daughter by his second wife Mary Lovat. So DNA proved that as well.  So Helen’s husband’s DNA had proved the Titterton relationships I had presumed over 30 years ago; but it still might not connect Violet to the tree.

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The migration every generation of the family of John, The Derby Market Gardener.

Because Violet’s ancestry had been traced back to John who married in Hartington in 1793 this was actually very easy. Working on the age at death giving the date of birth the ancestry of John the market Gardener could be traced from Derby to Hartington to Youlgreave to Grindon.  However the coincidence of the dates of birth agreeing with age at death was not 100% proof where individuals had moved from A to B to C to D.

Having got the connection with John, b.1691 and his daughter Martha and looking at John’s family it was obvious.  Martha had a brother William born in 1741.  He was of precisely the right age to be the William of Youlgreave who had married in 1763, whose son John, born in 1766 was presumed to be the John of Hartington.  If further proof was needed, Helen’s husband’s DNA also said there was a connection to the Lovat family, which would be Martha’s and William’s mother.  The Lovat DNA evidence really provided the final proof for the whole tree.