Hafner Haefner - Haeffner - Havner - Heafner - Heavner - Hefner - Heffner - Heftner - Hevener - Hoffner Discussion Page

As of  December 24,  2011 we have 22 members in the DNA project.. There has been two lineage groups declared and most are in Haplogroup E - Lineage I.  However, our tests indicate the Hefner men [various spellings] are not a homogeneous group as we have both Haplogroup E1b1b1 and R1b1a2 exhibited by those males who have tested at least in the United States. The name Häeffner has taken many spellings and we have Hefner, Heffner, Hafner, Havner, Hafner, Heftner, and Heavner among present day families. I think most researchers agree the name Haefner [spelled variously on ship logs and census records] originated in present day Germany. It was for the occupation of  "potter".   One Hefner family removed from Germany to Russia and then came to the United States. My own family today spells it as Heftner with a "t" and some with the double  ff as Heffner.

There are several families who have tested, some with Lincoln County, North Carolina origins and some with Berks County, Pennsylvania origins in the United States. Others are from New York.  It is interesting to note in Lincoln County, North Carolina there are three or more Hefner, Heavner families that appear to be unrelated who were in the county before 1800. See results page and patriarchs page

Genetic Distance 12 markers, 25 markers, 37 markers and 67 markers

Haplogroup E - Lineage I (Based on DNA results they share a common ancestor) Haplogroup E1b1b1a2

Haplogroup E - Lineage I is very interesting, especially for those testing 67 markers as H-5, H-6, H-8 and H-10 share in common the null or zero marker value at DYS 425 for this genetic family grouping in Lineage Haplogroup E - Lineage I. The occurrence of the Null value is rare and suggests these individuals very likely share the same common ancestor. Once again, this demonstrates the importance of testing the full 67 markers.  In almost every generational comparison for those who tested 67 markers the probability they shared a common ancestor is 90 and greater than 99 percent at 8, 12, 16, 20 and 24 generations. FTDNA suggests 20 to 25 years is a generation; however, some families may differ on this. See results page and patriarchs page.

David Hefner
b. Abt. 1790 - d. 5 Feb 1885 East Armuchee Valley, GA (prob Walker Co. or Floyd Co GA) m. Esther Unknown - Brad Hefner [brad.hefner AT yahoo.com] H-1  Kit # 48451
Sons: John, George W. and William Wilson Hefner

Samuel Hefner b c 1775 PA  m Catherine Wetzel Lincoln Co NC d 1845 Rabun Co GA 
- Wylene Alston [womanntx AT yahoo.com] H-3   Kit # 102927
Sons: Ephraim, Abel, George, Levi W., Anthony George and Samuel Hefner, Jr. 

Daniel Hefner b 1770-1780 NC m Elizabeth Mackey 1805 Buncombe Co NC d ca 13 Nov 1835 Buncombe Co NC - Contact Robert "Mike" Terry [mterry3158 ATsbcglobal.net] H-5
   Kit # 106045
Sons: Alfred B., Joel Mackey, Daniel Andrew, Alexander Joyce, David Johnathan, Wilson, Samuel N., Francis Marion and John Frederick Hefner

Heinrich
Häeffner m Ursula Gramlich - Pam Wiedenbeck [wiedy_genealogy AT charter.net]  H-6  Kit # 99813
Sons: Andreas Häeffner and Johan Georg Häeffner 1698 - 1775
Sons of Johan Georg Häeffner 1698 - 1775: Frederick Häeffner, Johan Georg Häeffner, Jr., Johan Jacob Häeffner and Anthony Heffner
. See 18th Century Pennsylvania naming customs by Charles F. Kerchner, Jr. 

David Hefner b. Abt 1790 prob NC   m prob NC Esther Unknown d Abt 28 Dec 1885 Floyd Co GA 
- Contact Mike Terry [mterry3158 AT sbcglobal.net] H-8   Kit # 111377
Sons: John, George W. and William Wilson Hefner

David C. Hefner b Feb. 12, 1812, TN  m Eliza Cooper May 24, 1836, Jefferson Co, AL ? d abt. July 1, 1862, CSA Hospital, Oxford, MS. - W. M. Hunter [dydx AT artelco.com] H-10   Kit # 127121
Sons: William Samuel, John Cornelius, George Washington Hefner

Note: My thanks to the family researchers for providing me information on the families presented here...

In comparing 67 markers, the probability that  H-6, H-8, H-10 shared a common ancestor within the last...
4 generations is
89.79%
8 generations is
98.96%
12 generations is
99.89%
16 generations is
99.99%
20 generations is
100%
24 generations is
100%

The above numbers are based exclusively on the comparison of their Y-DNA results, which show no mismatches.

* The FTDNATiP™ results are based on the mutation rate study presented during the 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy, on Oct. 30, 2004. The above probabilities take into consideration the mutation rates for each individual marker being compared.

In comparing  67 markers, the probability that H-5 and H-6, H-8, H-10 shared a common ancestor within the last...
4 generations is
45.53%
8 generations is
84.2%
12 generations is
96.62%
16 generations is
99.38%
20 generations is
99.9%
24 generations is
99.98%

The above numbers are based exclusively on the comparison of their Y-DNA results, which show two mismatches.

* The FTDNATiP™ results are based on the mutation rate study presented during the 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy, on Oct. 30, 2004. The above probabilities take into consideration the mutation rates for each individual marker being compared.

See results page  for actual marker comparisons.

It is believed Daniel Hefner H-5, David Hefner H-1/H8 and Samuel Hefner H-3 were all in Lincoln County, North Carolina prior to 1803 and then removed about the same time with other Hefner families to Buncombe County, North Carolina. The families then removed to Georgia, Alabama, and Arkansas and then into Texas.

It is not known at this time how David C. Hefner H-10 might be related to the Lincoln County, North Carolina Hefner men. He is "tightly related" per FTDNA as noted in the first table. See discussion of genetic distance at Family Tree DNA.

Traditional documentation indicates H-1 and H-8 did in fact share the same common ancestor who was David Hefner b ca 1790 probably in Lincoln County, North Carolina through two of his sons. The table below shows a comparison between these two "known" related individuals on 25 markers. See results page  for actual marker comparisons.

In comparing  25 markers, the probability that H-1 and H-8 shared a common ancestor within the last...
4 generations is
27.04%
8 generations is
57.49%
12 generations is
77.6%
16 generations is
88.85%
20 generations is
94.66%
24 generations is
97.5%

The above numbers are based exclusively on the comparison of their Y-DNA results, which show one mismatch.

* The FTDNATiP™ results are based on the mutation rate study presented during the 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy, on Oct. 30, 2004. The above probabilities take into consideration the mutation rates for each individual marker being compared.

On 25 markers there is a 25/25 match for all four participants in Haplogroup E - Lineage I with the one exception as H-1 who has a 1 marker mismatch on DYS 458.  In my opinion, this mutation can probably be ignored.  My hypothesis is if H-1 and H-3 would extend their markers they would probably have the null marker at DYS 425 and their statistical probabilities would increase in the earlier generations. 

In comparing  25 markers, the probability that  H-3, H-6, H-8, H-10 shared a common ancestor within the last...
4 generations is
61.17%
8 generations is
84.92%
12 generations is
94.15%
16 generations is
97.73%
20 generations is
99.12%
24 generations is
99.66%

The above numbers are based exclusively on the comparison of their Y-DNA results, which show no mismatches.

* The FTDNATiP™ results are based on the mutation rate study presented during the 1st International Conference on Genetic Genealogy, on Oct. 30, 2004. The above probabilities take into consideration the mutation rates for each individual marker being compared.

See discussion of genetic distance at Family Tree DNA.

Comment: Those individuals who are haplogroup E1b1b1 and R1b1a2  respectively, cannot be related in the DNA project.  So even if your family member has no match, you can rule out those families in your research who do not match your haplogroup. 

 

Haplogroup R1b - Lineage I (Based on DNA results they share a common ancestor) Haplogroup R1b1a2

Johann Dietrich Heavner b 1723 m Elizabeth ?? d Bet. 25 Jul 1787 - 08 Jan 1788 Lincoln Co NC - Bill Havner [b_havner AT hotmail.com]  H-12  Kit # 143900
Sons: Jacob, Abraham, Frederick, Nicholas, Martin and Daniel.

Nicholas Haeffner b c1707 Rheinland-Pfalz , Germany m c1742 Berks Co PA Anna Elizabeth Seybert  – Roger Orndorff [rjorndorff AT htcnet.org] H-15   Kit # 159394
Sons: Jacob and Frederick

 

In comparing  67 markers, the probability that  H-12 and H-15 shared a common ancestor within the last...
4 generations is
21.46%
8 generations is
55.39%
12 generations is
89.34%
16 generations is
97.33%
20 generations is
99.41%
24 generations is
99.88%

The above numbers are based exclusively on the comparison of their Y-DNA results, which show 4 mismatches.

Genetic Distance 12 markers, 25 markers, 37 markers and 67 markers

 

This is of course a work in progress....

Robert "Mike" Terry