Y-DNA Testing

Lloyd Koenning Croft had 37 marker Y-DNA testing with “Y-DNA testing examines the Y chromosome passed only from father to son and can therefore be used to gain a better understanding of your paternal line. This can be a very interesting study for those focused on surname research, especially since the Y chromosome can give information about deep and recent roots. Because only men carry this chromosome, women will need to test their father, brother or other male relation to use this test for genealogy purposes.” (Family History Daily newsletter, 4/25/14)

To date Lloyd has had only one match, and it is a surprising one. The match was Gordon Wesley Turner. This indicates that Lloyd and Gordon share the same male ancestor, and evidently, Gordon Wesley Turner’s direct ancestor was born out of wedlock to a Croft male. Since we have limited information at this time about Lloyd’s great, great, great grandfather, Daniel R. Croft, finding the name of the mystery Croft sire will take some major sleuthing.

Bennett Allen Nance’s son, Steven Anthony Nance, had 67 marker Y-DNA testing with He has had a number of matches but none have been helpful in discovering information about Edward H. Nance. Steven is also listed on the Nance Facebook page where other Nance family members who have had DNA testing share and compare their matches. So far, Steven has not matched other Nance family lines in the United States. Again, this may indicate a need for more people to have testing.

Family Finder Testing (autosomal)

 Lucy Ann Nance Croft also had DNA testing with using what the company calls “Family Finder.” This is an autosomal test much like that of Ethnic makeup shown for Lucy was 98% European and 1% Central/South Asian. She has a number of matches but none of the “cousins” have information on their family trees shedding light on the Nance family line “brick wall” – Edward H. Nance.

mtDNA Testing

 These types of tests look at the DNA found in our cell’s mitochondrea. Mitochondria is located in the cytoplasm of the cell (surrounding and separate from the nucleus where most DNA is found) and is therefore only inherited from your mother. This means that a mtDNA test can help you understand the ancestry of your maternal line only. (Family History Daily Newsletter, 4/25/14)

Bennett Allen Nance’s great, great grandmother was Mary Jane Upton May, and there is family lore her mother was part Cherokee. In an effort to find proof of Mary Jane Upton’s Native American ancestry, mtDNA testing was done in 2008 on two female descendants, Jean Langley Casey and Joy Ann Lapham Wright. Testing was done by Family Tree DNA, Houston, Texas. Jean’s line of descent is Mary Upton May, Charity Melvina May Nance, Sarah Viola Nance Pipkin, Willie Eugenia Pipkin Langley, and Jean Langley Casey. Joy’s line is – Mary Upton May, Sarah Arkansas May Clark, Charity Fedonia Clark Crabb, Mary Lorena Crabb Langley, and Joy Ann Lapham Wright. In both cases the DNA HVR1 Haplogroup was found to be L3b. This haplogroup is found in Africa and is not one in which Native American ancestry is indicated. Of course, family researchers were disappointed to find no DNA proof in Mary Jane’s Native American ancestry in her maternal line. Evidently, if she did have NA ancestry, it was in her maternal grandfather’s line.