PATFIELD: Alma… Chapter 6
The "Patfield" section of this site will only have a few chapters in this early stage of preparation. This is in memory of my mother, Alma Maud STRONG (née PATFIELD). It is not intended to be a full account of the PATFIELDs, since this is covered by other publications. My narrow focus is on our part of this family. Please read in sequence by following the links at the bottom of each page or use the "Quick Nav" at top right. If you wish to select individual chapters, please click on the top left link to the "Sitemap" page. Note that it is intended that the chapters develop the story of our family and appendices will contain supporting data. The section is integrated with the Photo Gallery: “Alma PATFIELD… her father's & mother's lines.” This gallery illustrates Alma's early German heritage, her grandparents, parents & siblings, and her own life.
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This chapter discusses the results of my mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA) test for my maternal ancestry and the conclusions drawn from a number of matches
mtDNA & Maternal Ancestry
This section focusses on mtDNA tests. However, let's look at some of the basic terms:
- Y DNA… the male Y sex chromosome in the cell nucleus which is handed down by father to son. All the males of my family STRONG with the name STRONG would have the same YDNA unless some genes have mutated.
- Autosomal DNA… the autosomes are all the chromosomes in the cell nucleus apart from the X and Y chromosomes. These are handed down by both parents and shuffled around… some segments of a chromosome from mother, the other from father. This is what gives variation between brothers etc.
- mtDNA… the DNA from the mitochondria. Mitochondria are tiny bodies in the cytoplasm (jelly) of the cell (not the nucleus) and are responsible for changing chemicals into energy. The female's body cells form the ovum which contains the same mitochondria with the same mtDNA. The nucleus of the ovum is fertilised by the sperm, then the fertilised ovum starts dividing… with the end result that the nucleus has DNA from father and mother and the mitochondria have mtDNA which has been handed down from mother to daughter unchanged, provided there are no errors in copying (mutations).
- mtDNA Full match. If you and I have a full match, then we are looking at a maternal ancestor who was both your ancestor and mine and who may have lived over 600 years ago… with the same mtDNA! With a mtFull sequence test and with an exact match, there is a 50% confidence level that we would get a common maternal ancestor in 5 generations (about 125 years) and a 95% confidence level that we would get a common maternal ancestor in 22 generations (about 550 years). With this confidence level of 95% we could even extend to 1,000 years!
Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) placed my sample in mtDNA haplogroup H30b1. I have identified my earliest maternal ancestor with a name, place and date. My earliest maternal ancestor is Eva BAUER who married Johann Jacob (Hanss) WIRSCHING at Kembach on 11 Sep 1753. Their daughter Maria Dorothea WIRSCHING from Kembach married the widower, Johann Peter MARQUARD from Höhefeld at Niklashausen on 17 May 1803. Kembach is only 3km N from Höhefeld and these villages are served by the church in the nearby village of Niklashausen. These villages are in the upper Tauber river valley. The local administrative centre is the town of Wertheim am Main. See chapter 4 for details of my maternal ancestors and locations.
FTDNA maintains a database and notifies customers of matches. I received the great news that I have full mtDNA matches with 10 other people and was supplied with their e-mail details. Following correspondence and an on-line ad hoc forum, the following data was established from my full mtDNA matches:
The data is only included in the following table when the earliest maternal ancestor could be identified, with a name, place and date. The matches are presented in chronological order of the earliest maternal ancestor of the various contributors:
1. Geilsheim, Bavaria Germany 1650 (about 110km SE from Kembach)
2. Kembach, Baden Germany 1753 (my location)
3. Mitterode, Hessen Germany 1765 (about 150km N from Kembach)
4. Norfolk, England 1768
5. Western Ukraine 1778
6. Norway 1792
7. Tennessee USA 1800
8. Tennessee USA 1811
9. Worms, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany 1833
10. Spain 1905
More data is need for definite conclusions. However suggestions might be made that our group's earliest common maternal ancestor had a number of female descendants present in Central Germany in the 1600's (see items 1, 2, 3 in the above table). Some event must have occurred to cause a diaspora (dispersion or scattering) to distant countries around the middle of the 1700's .
Family Search suggests the following reasons:
1683 to 1820. Emigrants left Germany and migrated to Southeastern Europe, North America, Russia, England, Scotland, and Ireland. This wave of emigration was caused by economic hardships and religious persecutions after the Thirty Years' War. Many of these emigrants were Protestants from Southwestern Germany, primarily the Rheinland, Westfalen, Hessen, Baden, Württemberg, and Elsaß-Lothringen. See here.
Thanks to my mtDNA matches who so readily shared information. I have not mentioned you by name and have only included the place and date of your earliest maternal ancestor and not the name which you provided.
It would be great if descendants of the German ROOS (ROSE) and MARQUARD (MARQUET etc) families who might share our earliest maternal ancestor might contact me. See the e-mail link at the bottom of this page.
The Story Continues
- Alma's siblings. See chapter 7.