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The latest results from Northern Ireland are in and they are an even better match than those of Bob.   Theo J Sinton has 35 matches whilst Bob has 34 matches.   Theo and Bob match in everything except marker number 25, which would indicate that their genealogy, which says they had a common ancestor seven generations back, is correct.

The results from Northern Ireland would appear to have blown the Swinton connection clean out of the water.

For those not familiar with the story it goes something like :-
A soldier named Swinton came to Ireland with Oliver Cromwell in 1649. When the fighting was over in 1650 he decided to stay. He became a Quaker and changed his name to Sinton to disassociate himself with the very military family of Swinton.   Quakerism began in Ireland in 1654.

The DNA results for six Sintons are currently available and they are ALL related.   A match of 34 or more markers in the 37 Marker Test is accepted as confirmation of a common ancestor.

Four of the Sintons come from the Borders area of Scotland and the other two come of course from Northern Ireland but our ancestor Benjamin is believed to have been born around 1640 in Scotland.

The DNA results for three Swintons are also currently available, with one of them located in Scotland.   I have been in touch with those responsible for the Swinton Family Society to try and persuade at least one of them to participate in the project, but so far without success.   In the table below the middle result is from a Swinton in Scotland but a match count of only 25 means we do not share a common ancestor.   Unfortunately I do not know if the Scottish Swinton is from the family referred to in the story, but with nothing close to the required number of matches it would seem that the story is most unlikely to be true.

The matches to the new found cousins, who have links to the Borders region of Scotland, now give us a definite direction of where to search for the Sinton who came to Ireland in the latter half of the 1600's.   Was he a Quaker before he arrived?   If so, he would probably have been given a certificate issued by the meeting that he was leaving.   This would have been recorded in the minutes of that meeting and also in the minutes of the meeting he joined.   If he became a Quaker after his arrival in Ireland then there might be a record of such in the minutes of a Monthly Meeting, but some of the early records have been lost.


FTDNA  37 Marker Test
Marker Number
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37
Marker Identity
*
H
a
p
l
o
*
3
9
3
3
9
0
1
9
3
9
1
3
8
5
a
3
8
5
b
4
2
6
3
8
8
4
3
9
3
8
9
|
1
3
9
2
3
8
9
|
2
4
5
8
4
5
9
a
4
5
9
b
4
5
5
4
5
4
4
4
7
4
3
7
4
4
8
4
4
9
4
6
4
a
4
6
4
b
4
6
4
c
4
6
4
d
4
6
0
G
A
T
A

H
4
Y
C
A

I
I

a
Y
C
A

I
I

b
4
5
6
6
0
7
5
7
6
5
7
0
C
D
Y

a
C
D
Y

b
4
4
2
4
3
8
M
a
t
c
h
e
s
Reference
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 26 15 20 30 15 15 17 18 11 10 19 23 16 15 19 17 37 40 11 12
 
L W Sinton (Roxburgh)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 26 15 20 30 15 15 17 18 11 10 19 23 16 15 19 17 37 40 11 12 37
P M Sinton (Roxburgh)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 26 15 20 31 15 15 17 18 11 10 19 23 16 15 19 17 37 40 11 12 36
S Sinton (Roxburgh)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 27 15 20 30 15 15 17 18 11 10 19 23 16 15 18 17 37 40 11 12 35
R Sinton (Roxburgh)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 26 15 20 30 15 15 17 18 11 10 19 23 16 14 19 18 37 40 11 12 35
T J Sinton (Ireland)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 26 15 20 30 15 15 17 18 11 10 19 23 16 15 20 17 37 39 11 12 35
R F S Sinton (Ireland)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 13 13 29 15 9 10 11 11 26 15 20 30 15 15 17 17 11 10 19 23 16 15 20 17 37 39 11 12 34
 
Swinton A
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 14 12 12 12 14 14 30 17 9 10 11 11 27 15 18 30 15 15 17 17 11 11 19 23 16 15 17 18 38 41 11 12 25
Swinton B (Scotland)
R1b1b2 13 24 14 11 11 15 12 12 12 13 13 29 18 9 10 11 11 25 15 19 29 15 15 15 16 11 11 19 23 15 15 19 17 36 38 13 12 25
Swinton C
R1a1 13 25 15 11 11 14 12 12 10 14 11 31 15 8 10 11 11 24 14 20 33 12 15 15 16 11 12 19 21 15 16 16 18 34 37 12 11 14

So where do we go from here?

What we need is the participation of some of the descendants of the Irish Sintons both here in Ireland and abroad. More results will let us see where the mutations have occurred and possibly when.

Further details about the Sinton Surname DNA Project can be found at WorldFamilies.Net

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