Background of the Study of Jackson Families with Roots in Colonial Virginia
By John R. McAnally and Janie J. Kimble
UPDATED Feb 25, 2017
So these Virginia Jackson families were not added to this site because of uncertainty and that has proved to be the right move. The many records we purchased from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Prince William County have increased our knowledge, but we have not been able to connect all of the various families represented in our Y-DNA Virginia database as yet. Though these Jacksons are my (Jack) relatives as determined by Y-DNA, Charles Leslie McAnally and myself are not included in this study even though we know we are descendants of Samuel Jr. and Vashti Greening Jackson. Our records are not linked to these families because we do not know the link from our second great grandfather to Samuel Jackson Jr.
In 2009 we had not yet included Lynn research, but the Y-DNA
test of Girard Lynn indicated that they were going to be a very
important key to understanding the connection between the
Jackson and Lynn families. The
standard STR Y-DNA test by Girard Lynn has provided a common match
between John and Mark Lynn and in 2009 proved that John Lynn (b
abt 1729 Stafford, VA; d 1789 Fauquier, VA), the
patriarch of John, Mark and Girard Lynn, was in fact a Jackson
of our clan. At that time we jumped to the
conclusion that John Lynn was a direct descendant of Samuel
Jackson of Virginia which really was not proven. Our reasoning
was based on the proximity of all of the parties being in
Stafford, Prince William and Fauquier Counties of Virginia. Now, in February, 2017, Mark Lynn's
Big Y or SNP test results proved that he and Jack McAnally
(Jackson) had a most recent common ancestor within 300 hundred
years before present and established a new haplogroup for
the Virginia Jacksons of
finally proving that John Lynn was indeed a direct male
descendant of Samuel Jackson of Stafford County, Virginia.
There are four conjectures in this chart based on both the Y-DNA connections and family relationships. If folks will click on the individuals to read their notes and sources, they will find the conjectures clearly indicated. It has been and will continue to be a fascinating, but frustrating study as Prince William County, is a 'lost records' county with many records missing. We would welcome any additional research that can be added to this.
Rootsweb chart of Jacksons in Virginia connected by DNA to Robert Jackson
Map of Potomac River watershed
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This page was created February 18, 2010, updated 4 August, 2012
and revised 25 Feb 2017; 4th paragraph corrected 6/20/2017.