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Project Background:


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. 

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.

The ultimate purpose of this page is to discuss our DNA results.

  • Feel free to discuss this project on the Gallion Family Forum
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Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor
  • A classification of the participant's "deep" ancestry, which gives insight into the prehistoric origins of your surname ancestors
  • A sense of camaraderie with all who participate in the Family Project, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of the Surname and the Variant Spellings
  • Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname


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