Two interesting DNA matches appeared at 23andMe on my father's side.
They are close cousins to each other. Each shares one to four small segments of DNA with my father and his siblings.
Sharing several small segments can indicate endogamy, or intermarrying within a small group of people over several generations.
Below is the DNA shared by my aunt and these two matches.
A comparison of family trees produced the same location of Morris County, New Jersey. From there, we had to figure out the common ancestors, which turned out to be on more than one line, as predicted by the DNA. These two DNA cousins are descended from Anna Augusta Cook (born 1843) and James Augustus Estler (1840-1921).
The common ancestors were:
- John Cook (1745-1821) and Jane Peer (dates not determined): My sixth great grandparents.
My line descends from their son, Henry Cook (1777-1831).
The Estler/Cook cousins descend from another son, David Cook (1780-1860).
- George Wiggins (dates not determined) and Unknown: My sixth great grandparents.
My line descends from their daughter, Susannah Wiggins.
The Estler/Cook cousins descend from another daughter, Jemima Wiggins (1780-1851).
Yes, two brothers married two sisters.
- Jacob vanderHoof (1774-1847) and Ann Hopler (1772-1841): My fifth great grandparents.
My line descends from their daughter, Elizabeth vanderHoof (1799-1878).
The Estler Cook cousins descend from another daughter, Charlotte vanderHoof (1809-1886).
A family tree contained a picture of James Augustus Estler and ten of his children. These children are my cousins in three different ways.
If anyone has further information on Wiggins in Morris County, New Jersey, please reach out to me. Thank you.
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