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A Little Mattingly History:
The earliest known Mattingly family to arrive in America was that of Thomas Mattingly I (b. England; d. 24 Jul 1664, MD) who is believed to have emigrated from England around 1663 with wife Elizabeth (maiden name unknown), sons Thomas II (b. 1650, England; d: 12 Jan 1714, MD) and Cezar (b. 1654, England; d. 1719, MD), and daughters Judith (b. before 1650) and Elizabeth (b. 1655, England).

In the book, The Mattingly Family in Early America (1975) Herman R. Mattingly documents on page 5 the origin of the Mattingly surname as being a derivative of the Basinga tribal chief known as Matta. Matta and his clan apparently landed on the southern coast of England around the 4th or 5th centuries, and later moved north into the Whiteriver Valley. Supposedly, these people became known by the name Matta-inge-leah, meaning People of Matta's Clearing. The surname latter evolved into forms of Matingelege, Mattingley, Mattingly, Matney and possibly others as well.

The earliest record of the name Matingelege is in the Domesday Book of 1086. The Domesday Book was a compiled census of all England properties as ordered by William the Conqueror after his conquest of the Saxony England.

The Pipe Rolls of 1206 records the passing of property ownership to Stephen de Mattingley in 1206. These properties were later inherited by his son, Peter de Mattingley. Although the manor and land holdings are no longer in the Mattingley family, the village of Mattingley exists today in Hampshire County as described on page 300 in the book, The Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870) by Dr. John Marius Wilson.

Connecting the Mattingley families of the United Kingdom to this project using the available DNA evidence would be an interesting study. If you are a Mattingley living in the United Kingdom this project would like to connect with you especially if you have had your Y-chromosome tested through BritainsDNA.

Phase 1: Set the Foundation:

The Mattingly DNA Surname Project at Family Tree DNA is a group of Thomas Mattingly I descendants representing the two lineages of his sons. The project members collaborated by sharing the results of their Y-chromosome DNA tests with the intent of identifying mutations in the Y-chromosome that are unique to the descendants of Thomas Mattingly I. These mutations are referred to as Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms or SNPs (pronounced "snips"). Only males have a Y-chromosome and it is passed from father to son relatively unchanged except for single mutations that occur across generations. A grandson or great-grandson may very well have a Y-chromosome that is identical to his grandfather or great-grandfather. Or the Y-chromosome may differ slightly by a single mutation, maybe more.

Fifteen mutations were found in the Y-chromosome of all members of the Mattingly DNA Surname Project.
Y13607, Y13608, Y13609, Y14080, Y14081, Y14082, Y14084, Y14085, Y14086, Y18449, Y18581, Y18580, Y18574, Y18575, Y18576, Y18577, Y18578, Y18579
For these SNPs to be exist in the males descendants of both Thomas' sons, then Thomas himself carried them, suggesting most were probably formed with Thomas I's direct male ancestors.

The project was not so much interested in the SNPs of Thomas' ancestors, but the SNPs that appear in his current living male descendants.
Two additional SNPs, Y20213 and Y20214, were found to be unique to Thomas' eldest son, Thomas II.
One additional SNP, Y14083 was found to be unique to Thomas' youngest son, Cezar (Cesar, Caesar).

These discoveries were made during Phase I. It set the foundation for the next phase.

Phase 2: Expand the knowledge:

Phase II of the project is intended to see how well these SNPs fit into the established genealogies. This can only be accomplished by calling for volunteers willing to provide a DNA sample of living male descendants of Thomas Mattingly I.

Phase II would like to determine if SNP Y14083 appears in other branches that descend from Cezar Mattingly, specifically the descendants of John Baptist Mattingly I (1715-1749), grandson of Cezar Mattingly. If you are a descendant of one of his sons: John Baptist, James Barton, John, William, Henry or Bennett with a Mattingly or Matney surname, you can help the project by providing a simple, painless DNA sample. If you would like to know more, see How can You Help below. The project is also interested in any person who has a pedigree that can be traced back to any of the other grandsons of Cezar: Ignatius, Joseph, Mark, James, Luke, or any of their sons.

Phase II would like to determine if SNPs Y20213 and Y20214 appears in other branches that descend from Thomas Mattingly III (1690-1774), son of Thomas Mattingly II. If you are a descendant of one of his sons: Leonard, Edward, Thomas IV, James or John Baptist with a Mattingly or Matney surname, you can help the project by providing a simple, painless DNA sample. If you would like to know more, see How can You Help below. The project is also interested in any person who has a pedigree that can be traced back to any of the other sons of Thomas II: James, Charles, William, Luke or Ignatius, or any of their sons.

Finally, if you have an interest in the Mattingly or Matney DNA and would like to be a co-administrator on this project or the Mattingly DNA Surname Project at Family Tree DNA, please contact the Co-Administrator at the email address below. There is only one active and "aging" administrator for this project. Younger administrators are needed to continue to pass the work down to the coming generations. Qualifications included an interest in this project and a basic understanding of the goals. Knowledge of HTML would be helpful.

How Can You Help:

There are low-cost DNA tests available from a well respected firm, YSEQ DNA Shop, run by Thomas and Astrid Krahn. Anyone can create an account and place an order for the SNP that defines their place in the Mattingly/Matney family tree (type the SNP name into Quick Find).

Anyone can nominate a person and lineage to be Project Sponsored (see Project Sponsored Tests below). The sponsored DNA tests are funded by the project.

Test Choice Recommendations:

SNP Price Description Comments

Y14084 $17.50 Order this test if you are uncertain about your genetic connections and want to limit your financial risk. A positive result indicates you share a genetic link to the Mattingly or Mateny families in the project. The project recommends always ordering this SNP. Should the test for Y14083 or Y20214 be negative, a positive for this SNP would indicate you are part of the clan. Additional testing might be needed.

Y14083 $17.50 Order this test if you have reason to believe your are descended from youngest son of Thomas Mattingly I. Only members descending from Cezar (Cesar, Caesar) Thomas Mattingly II show positive for this SNP. This SNP was found in 5 members, 3 Mattingly and 2 Matney. The common ancestor for two members is Richard Mattingly Sr. (abt 1720, MD; d. ~1783, MD), grandson of Cezar. The lineage of the adoptee member traces to John Baptist Mattingly I (b. 1715; MD; d. 1759, MD), another grandson of Cezar. This suggests John Mattingly
(abt. 1690, MD; d. 1744, MD) was the carrier of the SNP and is the common ancestor. Two Matney members carry this SNP but the linkage to Cezar is unknown.

Y20214 $17.50 Order this test if you have reason to believe your are descended from eldest son of Thomas Mattingly I. Only members descending from Thomas Mattingly II show positive for this SNP. This SNP was found in 3 members representing two lines of descent with Leonard Mattingly II (b. 1764, MD; d. 1843, KY) the common ancestor

If you test positive for SNPs Y14083 or Y20214 the project would very much like to hear from you and would like to know the paternal lineage of the DNA donor. If you can send us that lineage (see Patriarch Pedigrees below) and your results, we will add that lineage to the existing lineage. The project needs to verify the test result. If you test positive and want to have the donor's pedigree included in the project, please enroll your account into project #242 (Mattingly DNA Surname Project) on the YSEQ DNA Shop website. This is a private project - results can be viewed only by enrolled members. You can enroll, allow us to verify, then un-enroll at any time. Please consider joining that project.

A word about the paternal pedigrees. These will be placed in the tables based on genetic findings. Positives for SNP Y14083 will be placed under Cezar (Cesar, Caesar) and positives for SNP Y20214 will be placed under Thomas II. The project will not resolve discrepancies between the genetic findings and existing family genealogies. Discrepancies can be attributed to inaccurate genealogies or non-parental events (contamination between the two lines of descent). These discrepancies can be resolved as the base of volunteers representing the various lines of descent increases. Duplicates of these lines will provide confirmation of findings. To make this work, a broad base of volunteers is required. Please pass the word. Together, we can now "make discoveries"
If for any reason you take these tests and get no positive results especially to Y14084, your genetic link to Thomas Mattingly I is not assured. Results to date across 8 members of the FTDNA Project are very consistent. Contact the project if you want to pursue further investigation.

Patriarch Pedigrees:

The project uses Y-DNA only. The pedigree charts are different than standard genealogies. The focus is on showing the common ancestors between differing lines of descent to identify carriers of the SNP. If two lines of descent carry the same SNP but at differing generation levels the oldest common ancestor carried the SNP. Pedigrees should be submitted in the format displayed below. Do not list information of living individuals, but identify them as "living" in there respective generation. You only need to provide information up to a common ancestor that has already been published, that is, if you descend from Thomas III, you do not need to provide Thomas II or Thomas I. What you provide is the paternal ancestors of the donor back to a known common ancestor like Cezar or Thomas II. You can see the format in practice at the Mattingly DNA Surname Project at Family Tree DNA and see the common ancestors for existing project members.

number from
Thomas Mattingly I

Full name
(simple birth year- simple death year)
marriage Name of wife: 
(simple birth year- simple death year)
(Sons: list the sons)
[Repeat wives and sons as needed]
Do not specify if person is living. Use Living
ID Tag (Use Ynnn where nnn is the YSEQ account number)
SNP Name
Add to the donor record only.

Project Sponsored Tests:
The Mattingly DNA Surname Project will sponsor tests for SNPs Y14083, Y14084, Y20213 and Y20214 for selected pedigrees linked to key grandsons and great grandson of Thomas Mattingly I. Any living Mattingly or Matney male who believes they are descended from these key patriarchs can be nominated to have these test sponsored by the project. The project will make the final determination to accept the nomination based on relevance to the project goals.

The nominee must provide a shipping address for the DNA sampling kit, provide the DNA sample (cheek swab), provide a pedigree showing the donor's link to the Mattingly patriarchs, and allow the project to publish the patriarch pedigree on the project web pages. Nominations having the greatest probability of acceptance will be those where the pedigree link to the key patriarchs listed in Phase 2: Expand the knowledge.

The project agrees to maintain the privacy of the nominee, agrees not to disclose the names of living individuals in the pedigree, agrees to order and pay for the SNP tests, provide the donors progress updates, and share the test results with the nominee or nominating party.
Nominations can be sent to the project co-administrator at the email address below. Not sure whether you can provide value to the project? Please contact the co-Administrator. We can discuss via email exchange.

For questions of comments about sponsored DNA testing, these pages, or the project contact the Co-Administrator, Steve Hank, at sph520[at]outlook[dot]com (replace [at] with @ symbol and [dot] with a period). Or click on the contact link below.

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