Part of the SHELDON FTDNA Colorized Results
In the SHELDON DNA Project hosted at FTDNA (Family Tree DNA) we currently have 8 DNA Groups accounting for 6 separate DNA SHELDON Families. Group A1 & A2 are closely related (sharing a common progenitor) and hark from Bakewell, Derbyshire. We know this because a SHELDON living in England with roots in Derbyshire matches this group. Group B1 & B2 are closely related. Their origins in England remain unknown. Groups C, D, E and F represent SHELDONs with roots in Warwickshire (a suspected origin for Group B) but they do not match Group B or each other. One of these groups is a match with the surname MONTGOMERY and appears to be a NPE of that family. The current groups as follows:
Group A1: John (8) SHELDON of Pawtuxet and Providence RI,  AND Bakewell, Derbyshire, England Haplogroup E-M35>V68>M78>V22>Y2366>CTS6080>L674>FGC7343
Group A2: Richard (22) and Godfrey (4) SHELDON of Maine and MA AND Bakewell, Derbyshire, England Haplogroup E-M35>V68>M78>V22>Y2366>CTS6080>L674> FGC73449
Group B1: Isaac SHELDON (5) of Windsor CT  R1b>U106>Z156> DF96>S11515>S15663>BY12505>FGC62079>BY35166>FGC74427
Group B2: John (13) of Kingston, RI  All are Haplogroup R1b>U106>Z156> DF96>S11515>S15663>BY12505>FGC62079>BY35166>FGC73741
Group C: Unknown Haplogroup R1b not related to Group B in the last 1000 years.
Group D: Warwickshire Haplogroup R1b Predicted M269>L21>DF13> Z39589>DF41> MC21 (S15663- )
Group E: Warwickshire England Haplogroup I Group F: of Argyllshire, Scotland and more recently Birmingham area, Warwickshire, England. Related to Clan Montgomery. Haplogroup J > M172>L26>PF7413.
Note: As of Fall 2020 we have 2 Y Elite results for both Group A & Group B. For Big Y we 2 tests for Group A and 9 for Group B


The SHELDONs of Derbyshire belong to the very old HAPLOGROUP E. E comes out of Africa and into the Mediterranean and Finally into Europe. The percentage of Halpogroup E in England is about 2%. There are no matches in the FTDNA Block tree within the past 5,000 years! So not only is this a very old Haplogroup it is quite rare.

SHELDON Group A Phylogenetic Tree of Haplogroup E from

The majority of then men testing positive for E-L674 are from the Middle East. My best guess is that it originally traveled to Rome via a slave and then was carried to England via a Roman soldier.


SHELDON Group A Phylogeentic tree

GROUP A SHELDON Phylogenetic Tree



Group B SHELDONs are still of unknown origins in England. 67% of YDNA in England is R1b (of which U106 is descended)  and is the most prevalent YDNA in Europe. The following is their tree . This is a very productive and widespread Haplogroup.


SHELDON Group B Phylogenetic Tree R-U106 from

The path of Group B SHELDON goes out of Africa to the Middle East , then Far East back into Eurasian Steppes in the Bronze Age, into Celtic Europe and then Up to Viking lands before arriving in England. This is part of a very large and Prolific Branch of Haplogroup R called U106.




U106 Family Tree Copyright 2016 Dr. Ian McDonald

The above Phylogenetic Tree shows the progression of SNPS from U106 to the Group B SNP S15663 and set’s them up against historical time frames. We can see that the SNP U106 occurred about 45000 years ago and the S15663 occurred about 100-200 BC.

Age of Major Branches:

U106 = about 3000 BC

Z18 = about 2400 BC

S5695 = about 1300 BC

Z156 = about 2900 BC

DF96 = about 2100 BC

Ancient U106 skeletons have been discovered in Prague, Czech Republic dating 4300 years ago.


Jinonice Czech Skeleton 59 who is U106

Perhaps the most interesting is an ancient skeleton from York which is not only U106 but also DF96>S11515 positive! This would be as close as we can currently get to the SHELDON Group B DNA which shares a common ancestor with this skeleton. He is known as 3-Drif6 or 3DT6 the DT standing for Driffield Terrace where the bodies were discovered. It has been speculated that these graves were Roman Gladiators because they were buried with their decapitated heads and because of the age and number of fractures. Our poor 3-Drif6 had fractured teeth, evidence of foot fractures, a rib fracture and healed fractures to two of his nasal bones. He was 26-35 years old. More about the gladiators here. A video on the Headless Gladiators here.


Site plan for Driffield Terrace 3 showing Skeleton 6 location from The York Archaeological Trust

Because we have enough Big Y results for Group B SHELDON we can build a phylogenetic Tree coming forward in time. We begin with the SNP FGC62079 which is just below SNP S15663 (see above Eupedia Tree) and as you can see includes many surnames. Below it is the SNP BY35166 which to date only includes those bearing the SHELDON surname. THIS SNP then Defines SHELDON Group B! It includes both Group B Progenitors: John (13) SHELDON and Isaac (8) SHELDON (part of the Sheldon Family Association nomenclature). Those in Group B1, the Descendants of Isaac (8), have a SNP FGC74472 which is not found in descendants of John (13), thus creating a major subdivision. John (13) descendants are further separated by the SNP FGC73741. Descendants of John 1, 2, Isaac 3, Thomas 4 are positive for this SNP and descendants of his brother John 1, 2, Isaac 3, Robert are negative so we know this SNP occurred in Thomas! This is how testing can help identify branches and so SHELDONs can establish there line even if there is no paper Trail with relatively inexpensive SNP testing. Cost for a single test at is $18 (plus one time charge for a kit of $5). With more testing we will be able to further identify branch SNPS.


Group B Phylogenetic Tree




Group B FTDNA Block Tree






Group D has no members who have done a Big Y. We estimate they are part of R1b-L21. 67% of YDNA in England is R1b.


Group D Suspected Phylogenetic Tree of R-L21 from



Please compare this Map with the Group B SHELLDONs above. You will note they are identical to SNP R-310. Even though they YSTRS appear to be close they took very different paths.


Group F SHELDON has done a Big Y test. Haplogroup J2 is 3.5% of the population of England.


SHELDON Group F Phylogentic Tree for Haplogroup J from

The Haplogroup J that ends up in Scotland and then Birmingham likely traveled to Britain via a Roman soldier.



FTDNA Details

Markers in Panel Tested Maximum Number of Mutations Allowed
12 0 unless in a common project, then 1
25 2
37 4
67 7
111 10
FTDNA Matching Thresholds


SHELDON Results colorized Page YDNA Results page at FTDNA 

SHELDON FTDNA DONATION Link For making Donations to the SHELDON DNA Project
Ancient and Medieval Remains positive for the R1b Y-SNP U106 (and subgroups when possible). Compiled by Charles Weaver!

Kelly Wheaton Copyright 2020. All Rights Reserved.


Group C SNP Map from SNP tracker

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