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Ancestry DNA results

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I finally got around to doing the Ancestry DNA test, as I thought it might help in connecting my very small Gant tree with one or more of the far larger ones – more in a moment. These are my results, more or less as I expected as I’m coming round to the idea that the Gant surname in the eastern part of England (which is where the vast majority of English Gants are) originated with the Flemish weavers who came to Britain in the 14th century onwards. That might account for my 35% Western Europe.

These results are of course from my mother’s side of the family too, so which bits of DNA come from where are open to interpretation. Then of course there’s the mystery of the <1% Africa Southeastern Bantu. I can confidently trace both sides of my mother’s family back to the 1400s in Surrey and Sussex in England, so no Bantu there 🙂 I’m quite sure that I’m misunderstanding all these percentages – the Ancestry help pages explain it all in a great deal of detail, but most of it goes right over my head!

Anyway, back to my hope that it might help me connect my little tree with at least one of the larger ones. I was quite excited when I logged in to my results to see that I had 56 DNA matches of 4th cousins or closer, and one match with a common ancestor who was my father’s maternal great grandparents. Not a Gant unfortunately, but a good result all the same. And for the other 56 matches? Difficult to say as out of those 56 people who had also taken a DNA test, only about 20 of those had linked their test to a family tree. Out of those 20 family trees, I could see that we were related through my mother’s side on 6 of them. For the remaining 14 with a tree, I had no idea as I didn’t recognise any of the surnames. And the 36 people with DNA matches who hadn’t submitted a tree…. I have no idea who they are which is a huge disappointment. They could all be Gants for all I know 😦

So simply put, out of 57 DNA cousin matches there was 1 common ancestor, 6 cousins on my mother’s side, and 50 matches where I don’t have the slightest idea who they are. I’d be interested to know if anyone reading this has also taken the Ancestry DNA test, and if so, what were your results like? (I hope you linked your test to an Ancestry family tree 😀 😀 )

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After rather a long break, my Gant One Name Study website is finally back online, currently showing details of 5,140 individuals and 1,723 Gant families – I will add more people to the site as often as I can.

Huge apologies to anyone who has written to me in the past 18 months or so, and has not received a reply. If you’d like to write again, I will reply as soon as I can.

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Andrew Edwin GantAt Sittingbourne Council School (Kent, England) between 1904 and 1912, Andrew Gant had 8 years of perfect attendance. To mark this distinction, he had 8 bars added to his School Attendance medal. He was also presented with a splendid brass bound writing box with a commemorative plate (pictured).
Source: Countryman Magazine, March 2006

Andrew Edwin Gant (5th Jan 1899 – Jan 1992) was the son of David Gant and Charlotte Luckhurst, and descends from James Gant and Frances Curson, who married in 1807 in Whiting, Norfolk.

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E Gant, DovercourtThe image on the left is of a milk bottle, with the words “E Gant, Vicarage Farm, Dovercourt”. It’s of the type normally seen in England during the 1950s.

I have yet to positively identify this E Gant, though I’m assuming that it’s Ernest GANT (1896 – 1969). Many of Ernest’s family were farmers in Dovercourt, and apparently an Ernie GANT farmed land opposite Tollgate in Dovercourt in the 1940s. If anyone can confirm the identity of this “E Gant”, I’d be extremely grateful.

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Rodney Kimberley Greenard GANTRodney Kimberley Greenard GANT is a bit of a mystery. He was born in July 1901 in Ipswich, and registered in Sept Qtr 1901 as Rodney Kimberley GREENARD. According to the IGI, he was the son of Edward Marshall GREENARD and Jessie Susan WARNER. Edward and Jessie are on the 1901 census in Ipswich with several children – no Rodney of course, as he would have been born later that year. Jessie Susan GREENARD’s death is registered in June Qtr 1906 in Ipswich, and according to the IGI, Edward Marshall GREENARD died in 1917 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. At least 2 of the older children also died in Canada, so they may have gone with Edward after Jessie’s death.

No problems so far… except that Rodney uses the surname GANT, not GREENARD.

  • Rodney’s Navy Service Record Card (shown above) clearly has his surname as GANT.
  • Rodney Kimberley Greenard GANT married Mary McNiece NISBET in 1924 in Brisbane, Australia.
  • Maxwell Rodney Greenard GANT was born in Brisbane in 1927, presumably the son of Rodney and Mary.
  • Rodney Kimberley GANT and Mary McNiece GANT are listed on the Australian Electoral Rolls between 1930 and 1936 in New South Wales, Australia.
  • Rodney Kimberley G. GANT died in 1961 in Parramatta District, New South Wales. His parents’ names are shown on the index as George and Lucy – not Edward and Jessie as would have been expected.

So the question is – why GANT, and who are George and Lucy? I can find no record of a suitable George GANT marrying a Lucy, otherwise I would have assumed that Rodney was taken in by a George and Lucy GANT after his mother died. More research is definitely needed.

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The convict records have at last arrived, delayed no doubt by Royal Mail’s industrial action. They were worth the wait though as I now know that Caroline was indeed from my family. Caroline Gant was my Great Great Aunt, the younger sister of my Great Grandfather William Gant.  The convict records give her age as 19, but I think she may have been nearer 16 judging by the entries on the 1841 and 1851 censuses.

She was convicted at Ipswich Quarter Sessions in January 1852, sentenced to 10 years hard labour, and transported to Tasmania. Her crime – “Stealing a Petticoat and a Jacket from a Little Boy”. She seemed to be a bit of a rebel! Her conduct on the ship was described as “fair”, all the others on the page were “good”. She was sentenced to an additional 4 months hard labour for “insolence”, and she absconded at least once while in Tasmania, earning her another 3 months hard labour and a spell in the House of Correction in Launceston. She married John Smith and had 2 sons, William and Samuel, in 1854 and 1856. Unfortunately that wasn’t the end of her life of crime as she was convicted of “Larceny under £5” in 1861, and sentenced to another 9 months hard labour.

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Many thanks to Sandra, a member of the Guild of One Name Studies who has completed a Guild Marriage Challenge for Cosford Registration District. I have received through the post 62 (yes, sixty two!) faux marriage certificates for Gant marriages taking place in Cosford between 1837 and 1911. There’s a huge amount of information on these certificates which has all been added to my database.

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