Hufford Y-DNA

R-L44 and R-L48

Those are the two paternal haplogroups that I’ve seen.

Every man got his paternal haplogroup (his Y-haplogroup) from his father, who got it from his father, who got it from his father, who got it from his father, and so on. Over many generations, there can be small, modest mutations/variations, but all straight-line male descendants of a man are going to have the same Y-haplogroup — or something pretty darned close to the same.

Folks who do autosomal DNA testing with the company 23andMe get a bonus: They learn their paternal and maternal haplogroups. Whoopie! Only a few days ago did I realize that fact means there is more data to mine. 🙂 I found Y-DNA information for three men who are known paper-trail descendants of Casper Hoffert (1762-1825), son of the immigrant Christian (1716-1788):
One descends from Andrew Hufford (1827-1881), grandson of Casper: R-L44
One descends from Emanual Hufford (1831-1913), grandson of Casper: R-L48
One descends from Henry Hufford (1836-1908), grandson of Casper: R-L48

A fourth man carries the HUFFORD surname and shares plenty of autosomal DNA with those three men and with other identified Hufford descendants; however, I do not know who he is, and he does not respond to my queries. But the fact that he shares autosomal DNA with known Hufford descendants and carries the Hufford surname makes clear that he’s a Hufford descendant. His Y-haplogroup: R-L44

Because of that R-L44 Y-haplogroup, three days ago I sent an email to a man with a last name very different from HUFFORD: “I don’t know who your biologicial father is, but I can tell that your biological paternal grandfather was Clarence Hufford.”

The man was carrying that Hufford Y-DNA, and he shared enough autosomal DNA with two known grandchildren of Clarence Hufford that it was clear he was their first-cousin. That meant that Clarence had to be his grandfather also, and that he had to be the son of one of Clarence’s sons. Within 12 hours, the man had enough information to know which of those sons of Clarence was his biological father. Because there are living people involved, I’ll share no more, other than to say that the newly found Hufford descendant is one to be proud of: Served as a U.S. Marine, and has been a fireman for 25 years. He descends from Casper’s son Michael William Hufford, Sr. (1804-1875).

Thus, we have four known descendants of Casper. Two are R-L44; two are R-L48. And we have another obvious Hufford descendant who is R-L44, but I do not know his descent.

If any straight-line male Hufford descendant has done a Y-DNA test, I’d love to hear from you.

My knowledge of Y-DNA haplogroups is limited. There is information of interest here:
2019 Haplogroup R Tree
That is found at ISOGG’s page on the Y-DNA haplogroup treeic Genealogy. (ISOGG is International Society of Genetic Genealogy.)

This graphic is a screen shot from that page, showing the differences between R-L44 and R-L48:
r-l44_r-l48

2 thoughts on “Hufford Y-DNA

  1. Fascinating story. I’m a straight-line male Hufford descendant and am now curious abut my Y-DNA!

    • Your John Wesley HUFFORD’s findagrave page is here:
      http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34102245
      He was son of Hezekiah HUFFORD (1821-1854), who was son of John Wesley HUFFORD (1798-1880), who was son of John HOFFART and Elizabeth STIHLI.
      John HOFFART was son of Christian HOFFARTH and Elizabeth KEIM.
      Elizabeth STIHLI was daughter of Christoph STIEHL and Catherine WINE.

      John HOFFART’s brother was Casper HOFFERT (1762-1825).
      Elizabeth STIHLI’s sister was Catharine STIHLI (1767-1840).
      John’s brother Casper married Elizabeth’s sister Catharine, and Casper and Catharine had 13 children. All 13 of their children had children, and (so far as I know), none of those 13 lines has dead-ended yet.

      Because Casper and Catharine’s descendants are most heavily represented in the 1909 HUFFORD FAMILY HISTORY, it is the lines of their descendants that have been worked the most. And, likely because of that, many of their descendants have done autosomal DNA testing.

      To date, I have seen no DNA match for a descendant of your John Wesley HUFFORD. However, that alone means nothing. Why? Because a living descendant of John Wesley HUFFORD likely would be about 7th cousin to me, and a cousin so distant is unlikely to show any autosomal DNA match.

      HOWEVER, a daughter of Olive Martha FRANKLIN (1935-2000) has done autosomal testing (at ancestry). Olive was daughter of Lena Mildred DELKER (1906-1984), who was daughter of George C. DELKER (1886-1961), who was son of Charles Wesley DELKER (1866-1946), who was son of Margaret E. HUFFORD (1845-1883), who was daughter of Hezekiah HUFFORD (1821-1854) (your John Wesley HUFFORD’s father).

      Olive Martha FRANKLIN’s daughter has DNA shares with three people who are 3rd cousins to me. All three descend from James Burton HOOKER, son of Elizabeth HUFFORD (1851-1929), who was a great-granddaughter of Casper HOFFERT and Catharine STIHLI. The three descend from three different children of James Burton HOOKER. Amounts shared: 14 cM, 8 cM, and 8 cM.

      In other words, assuming your line is correct as you know it, it is likely that you would find DNA matches with HUFFORD descendants if you test at ancestry. You may find them elsewhere also, but ancestry has the biggest database.

      If you test at 23andMe, in addition to finding autosomal DNA matches, you also would get information about your Y haplogroup, at no additional cost.

      I do NOT recommend familyTreeDNA’s Y-DNA test. It is costly and seldom worth the cost. The test does not include autosomal testing. At familyTreeDNA, that is a separate test, with one more cost. And Y-DNA testing alone does not provide much worthwhile information. With autosomal DNA testing, you can determine whether you share with expected paternal relatives, which will tell you if your paternal line is correct. My experience with Y-DNA testing is that it is not worth the bang for the buck. If you are a male with no info on your paternal side, yes, I recommend Y-DNA testing. Otherwise, my first suggestion always is autosomal testing. Test at ancestry if you want the biggest database; test at 23andMe if you’re a male and want that extra info about your Y-haplogroup. Do autosomal DNA testing at all three if you want to fish in all of the ponds for the best luck. But the Y-DNA testing just is not often worth the cost.

      That said, if you do Y-DNA testing and can verify your HUFFORD connection via autosomal DNA matches, I’d be interested in learning what info you learn. Also, if you do a Y-DNA test, do it to at least 37 markers. Anything less is a waste. Better yet, go for a 67-marker test.

      P.S.: Notice that modern-day documentary genealogical research as paired with DNA genealogy is not for the dim-witted. 😉

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