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Joseph and Alice Gallion immigrated to what is now Hartford Co., MD in 1664. He was born about 1635 in London, Middlesex, England and died after about 1797 in Baltimore, MD. Most of the families with the Gallion and varient spellings of the surname are assumed to be descended from Joseph and Alice.

A large branch of this family migrated to Surry Co., NC, into and then to states south and west, taking various versions of the surname but in many instances there is little primary evidence to prove each family's lineage. We hope that by getting other men who have variations of the surname involved in our project we can help to further refine the Gallion etc. families in the United States. 

Because a few participants have tested only at the 12 maker level, and two individuals, assumed to be from the Surry, NC, line have tested significatly different from others from the same area, and three individuals have had to test all the way out to 111 markers to find only a single DYS 1 step mutation, I have attempted to create a database that will eventually include all the individuals found in the published censuses.   Ideally people can ascertain whether their line is already represented in the study and not duplicate efforts.  This is a work in progress, and, while many people have family stories and lore, I have elected to include only facts that have a primary or secondary source.  Information may be found (mixed in with my personal other maternal lines) at:

Another interesting discovery in the early yDNA matches is that the Haplogroup, which is the classification for deep ancestry, looking at very early migrations, is R1b1c7 which is primarily found in Northern Ireland.  We are hoping that as more people with different variations of the name get involved in the project, a clearer picture of the European origins of our Gallion/Galyean families will emerge as well, so participation is encouraged for all with similar names, not just those who know their origins.

This Family Project is started to:

1. Help researchers on common or related families work together to find their common heritage  (See the Patriarch Page)

2. Identify the DNA of the ancestor families and compile them and their lost branches into distinct genetic lineages through DNA matches.

Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists. These tests help genealogists verify their paternal ancestry (father's father) in a quick and easy way. It saves time, prevents mistakes, and provides invaluable data that can be obtained in no other way.


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For basic information, visit World Families Network and check out the "Getting Started" block

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