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We will use this page to discuss Results of the various tests and provide some insight into understanding the results.  I would welcome any comments or questions.  These comments can, and will be updated as new information becomes available or if the data needs correction.


Ralph, Co-Administrator


Dugger Lineage I

This lineage goes back to Daniel and Mary Scarborough Dugger through their presumed daughter, Lydia.  Lydia had at least two illegitimate children.  The paper trail has established that John (Surry) Dugger, born 1749 was one of those children.  The descendants of Alexander Dugger have long thought that he was the other son, born 1751.  DNA testing of four descendants of John (Surry) Dugger and six descendants of Alexander Dugger establish that they share a common ancestor and are probably brothers and the children of Lydia Dugger.

The descendants of Lydia have long been aware that the will of Marmaduke Cheatham, who lived next door to Daniel Dugger, named John Dugger, son of Lydia Dugger, deceased.  He left John Dugger a cow and a calf.  This seemed to suggest that there was a relationship between John Dugger and Marmaduke Cheatham, but no evidence has ever been found to establish such a relationship.  A descendant of Marmaduke Cheatham (C-2) and a descendant of Marmaduke’s brother, Thomas (C-1) were located and generously agreed to DNA testing to see if there is a match between them and the Dugger descendants of John (Surry) and Alexander.  Both are matches at the 67 marker level.  This establishes that there is a close paternal relationship and it is reasonable to conclude that in all likelihood Marmaduke Cheatham or one of his sons is the paternal ancestor involved. 

One way to link participants is through common mutations not shared by the larger group.  D-4 and D-15 do share a common mutation.  With this knowledge they have cleared up some fuzzy lines in their genealogy and established to their satisfaction their most recent common ancestor.

The paper trail for the Cheatham lineage traces their lineage to England.  The Haplogroup for Lineage I is R1a1.  This has been confirmed by Deep Clade testing of one of the participants.  While this haplogroup originated in Eastern Europe it is not uncommon in England.  In fact many of the Vikings who invaded England also are haplogroup R1a.


Dugger Lineage II


This is one of the Lineages whose branch fell off the Dugger family tree.   DNA testing has established that the participants in this lineage do not match the proved Dugger line.  All the participants in this line are descended from Daniel and Mary Scarborough Dugger's presumed son, John.  Three have a strong paper trail back to John Dugger, Jr.  The other three have a strong paper trail to Daniel Dugger.  Both John, Jr. and Daniel are sons of John Dugger, Sr.  The DNA of these six participants matches the DNA of a line of McClain's.  Research shows that there were McClain's (usually spelled Maclin) in the same community with the Dugger's in Brunswick and Surry Counties, VA during the time that John, Sr., John, Jr. and Daniel Dugger were born.  The connection seems to be with these two generations (c1720-c1750).  We are in close contact with McClain researchers in an effort to find the connection. 

The Haplogroup for this Lineage is R1b1b2a1b5.  Two of the participants, one Dugger and one McClain, have done the Deep Clade test and this Haplogroup is confirmed.  This haplogroup is common in the British Isles but further testing will be required to isolate it further.   McClain (and various spellings) is a proved Scottish Clan.  There are, however, several lines of McClain's and we have not yet proved the origin of our specific line.


Dugger Lineage III

This line is generally agreed to be the proved Dugger line.  Henry Dugger, ancestor of D-16, D-17 and D-33, is the only proved child of Daniel Dugger.  This is based on a land transaction in which Daniel gave his land to "my son Henry".   Those tested who are descendants off William Dugger match those of Henry, making it highly probable that William was also the son of Daniel.  You will note that there are others who have tested who match Henry as well but their connection to Daniel Dugger is not yet known.  The Evans connection is interesting in that there were Evan's and Dugger's living in the same communities as far back as the early 1700's in Surry, Brunswick, Lunenburg and Mecklenburg Counties, VA.

D-17, a Henry Dugger descendant, has had the Deep Clade test and he is R1b1b2a1b5.  This haplogroup is common in the British Isles and in Western Europe in general.  Further research will have to be undertaken by FTDNA to further refine this haplogroup but it is generally believed that the Dugger immigrant came from the British Isles, most likely England.

Three members of this group, D-5, D-31 and P-1, have a common mutation suggesting a common ancestor more recent than the others in this line.  I know that these three have communicated but I do not know if they have been successful in isolating that common ancestor.

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