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The Common Ancestor of a Pond Line and James Phelps Line
Draft 3/25/2006 By Douglas Phelps
Summary: Since the Y-DNA of a Pond line from Caswell Co, NC matches 35 of 37 with a James Phelps line of Caswell Co, it is evident there was a common male ancestor ? Pond or Phelps - at some point. One very reasonable scenario for this would be that William Pond b.1788 Caswell, son of James/John Pond, was actually the son of his wife, Elisabeth Stansbury, and one of James Phelps? older sons, but raised as a Pond. A key here is that the two families lived very close to one another, 6-10 miles. (See map below.) Of course the common ancestor could have occurred in earlier times in America or even from a common originating country. We also know that James/John Pond of Caswell is documented as being born 1766 in Mecklenberg Co, VA. But that is disputed by another forthcoming DNA testee. So it is possible that both James Phelps and James/John Pond have a common father or ancestor in VA. It is also conceivable that James Phelps was the biological father of John/James Pond in Mecklenberg Co.or that both had a common father. So far we have found no records of a James Phelps in Mecklenberg Co, VA. Another in-process Pond Y-DNA test will help unravel these issues.
The full paper on this is available at the Phelps Project Discussion page