Mystery Solved!

Many years ago Jean was told about a hamlet of Upper and Lower Wheaton located somewhere in Devon. All attempts to find such a place have come up empty until now. Susan has solved the mystery. All current maps show this place as Whiddon. Yet again pointing out the difficulty of depending on spelling. Thank you Susan!

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Northlew like this:

LEW (NORTH), a village and a parish in Okehampton district, Devon. The village stands on an eminence near a head-stream of the river Torridge, 7 miles NW of Okehampton r. station; is a large place, with an ancient cross in its centre; commands an extensive view; and has a post office under Exbourne, North Devon, and a cattle fair on the third Wednesday of April. The parish contains also the hamlet of Wheaton, and comprises 7,247 acres. Real property, £3,611. Pop. in 1851, 1,047; in 1861,930. …

Lower Whiddon

© Copyright Derek Harper and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Group D member says hello

Have just enrolled. Susan Lofthouse, Group D.

Wheaton Relationship of Groups A-D

Wheaton Relationship of Groups A-D

This chart shows the Haplogroup R1b1a mother of each of the Wheaton A-D subgroups. The Origins and approximate date each of the mutation (such as in M269) are shown. This is a visual to help explain that back 7,500 years ago we share a common ancestor. The groups split about 3,000 years ago into Groups A, B & D on one side and C on the other. Each time a mutation happens all the men descended from the man with that mutation will pass it to their sons. We all split from Haplogroup I1b (Group E) much further back in time. The Walk Through the Y is designed to identify further mutations and eventually connect to a genealogical time frame.

Why the ‘Y”? Why Wheaton?


Brief recap on our inherited DNA.

  • 22 pairs of autosomes (atDNA)
  • 1 pair of sex chromosomes XX (Female) XY (Male)
  • Mitrochondrial DNA (mtDNA) everyone inherits from their mothers

Of these the only ones to be inherited without recombination (that is half from your mother and half from your father) are the “Y” and the mtDNA. The Y is your strictly paternal line which is passed relatively unchanged for centuries (aside from those helpful mutations) and mtDNA strictly your mother’s mother’s line. The mtDNA is harder to trace because it does not pass along a surname attached to it. Your mother may be a Wheaton but her mother was a Jones, and her grandmother was a Smith. Also mtDNA is inherited by both men and women and has about 16,000 Base pairs. Y on the other hand has roughly 60,000 base pairs. TRANSLATION: Because the Y has more variation overall but passes intact with a name attached to it is the easiest to follow.


  • I married one
  • I started genealogy by researching his line
  • I found out I am also a Wheaton (Robert b.1606 is my 10th great-grandfather)
  • I hit a brick wall and wouldn’t give up
  • It has a long history

I do research all parts of my tree but you can’t do your genealogy justice in all areas. There are two places that by virtue of the fact I (not my husband) have over a dozen families from each location. So I have concentrated on REHOBOTH, MASSACHUSETTS and DEVON, ENGLAND. They could just as well have been anyplace else save for the fact that I have the largest concentration of relatives (save for my Swedish ones with a nod to John) in Rehoboth and Devon.

About that nudge

When Kelly asked if we should move over to a blog format, my immediate thought was WordPress. I’ve used WP for the past 6 years for my own blog (which is here, if you want to visit) and appreciate the ease with which one can maintain a website without a lot of fussy settings. Mine is a standalone, not part of WordPress,com, and it’s still been easy to use.

This project has been great! Knowing that I am connected to Devon somehow adds another piece to the jigsaw of my genealogy. Three of my grandparents were Swedes, and I’ve been able to locate their families’ places of origin there, but the Wheaton side was the big mystery. The paper trail ended in Cape May County, New Jersey. I may not have the names of the ancestors between New Jersey and Devon, but now I have the location. Best I can hope for right now.

If y’all have time, we can blog about our family research endeavors. (I lived in Kentucky for 30 years, so that’s where the y’all comes from.) Hope everyone takes a turn posting here.

National Geographic Geno 2.0 project


I have been looking at National Geographic Geno 2.0 project. Great!

Is this the project you are raising money for?No. That was for the Walk through the Y for the Wheaton Group B of which you are a member. This will cover deep ancestry on the Y for all in Group B. We also have one member from Group B and Group D that have ordered Geno 2.0 kits. Their results with regard to the Y will be reflective of the whole group.

Or do we contact National Geographic for this “new test”? For now it is only available through the Genographic 2.0 website. You will however be able to link your results to your profile at FTDNA. Eventually you should be able to order through FTDNA.

Or does National Geographic use our initial DNA sample for this new Geno 2.0 test? A new sample is required.

Or can this be purchased through Family Tree somehow so the results are added to our current Kit results? Not at this time. The test includes lots more than the Y-DNA so some of you may want to order because of the other components. For our group purposes it is only necessary to have one person from each group test.


Thomas Mallenby

Thank you Thomas! Additional money in our account is held for the benefit of the overall project. If anyone makes a donation they can specify the purpose for which it is to be used. I am most likely to approve small expenditures rather than large ie: Individual SNPs at $29 or a sale 12 marker kit for $59. Or provide matching funds for someone who wants to upgrade but can’t afford the whole amount. If we get enough of a fund I will loosen up a little. 😉

Got Questions?

Post a question and I’ll do my best to answer it here. That way everyone can benefit and post comments. Sometimes your answers will be better than mine. The idea is to build an interactive community. You can participate as much or as little as you like.

You can start out with a comment or question and tell us who you are. Thanks Murray for being the first!

Me I’m a retired High School Counselor, mother of 2 and grandmother to 3. I live in the beautiful Napa Valley of California and among other things I am an avid gardener and photographer.


This coyote was a recent unexpected guest in my back yard!

Welcome to Wheaton Wood

Hi everyone! This first post has taken me a few hours to set up and decide on a theme. In case you don’t know Word Press is one of many companies that host Blogs. Google where my website currently resides is another. A blog can be one part newsletter, one part diary and one part discussion. I would prefer it to be interactive with folks placing comments and asking and answering questions.

If it works well it will be my primary means of keeping you up to date on our Wheaton DNA project with a little bit of this and that mixed in. The advantages are you don’t get these long strings of emails about parts of the project you aren’t interested in and hopefully the presentation and commenting will be easier on the eye and easier to digest. You also don’t have to remember to check the Breaking News Page. If you join it will come to you. If I index it well both you and I will be able find past posts with ease.

Like just about everything else in the past year and a half I don’t have much of a clue what I’m doing and so I make it up as I go along. I am open to ideas and suggestions. Apologies in advance for misspellings, misatributions and just plain mistakes. To start this will be a private blog meaning you can only see it by invitation. Until I see whether it is worthwhile it will be the free version and therefore may have advertisements which I have no control over. If it works well I may upgrade to a version without ads.


Any of you who know me, know I like to play with words. And “Wheaton Wood” is a play on words. A wood is a forest of trees. (As in family trees and DNA trees.) A wood is a source of energy. A wood is something we get lost in, now and then. And an archaic use of the word “wood: mentally unbalanced, insane.” So one could say I’m crazy about Wheatons…..or you can infuse your own meaning.


Since the project was launched in February of 2011 we have gone from 6 members to 34 at Family Tree DNA and that’s not counting the folks tested elsewhere or just following along. Thank you all for your continued support. I hope to keep it interesting.