This post is my second about Genetic Affairs’ auto-cluster tool and using it to analyze my paternal matches at AncestryDNA. (You can read part 1 here.) As you might recall, my father’s parents were likely first cousins, once removed (1C1R), meaning he has a high degree of pedigree collapse.
I previously identified four “super clusters” when running the auto-cluster tool on my father’s test at a range of 50 – 250 cM.
My first post examined Super Cluster A, which I determined to be Johnston/McCauley descendants. Today we will examine the next super cluster.
This entry is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks series. This week’s prompt is UNUSUAL NAME. To see other posts in this series, view my 52 Ancestors in 2019 index.
In a tree filled with common English names, one stands out — my 5x great-grandfather Applewhite Richardson.
Applewhite Richardson was born before 1756,¹ possibly in North Carolina to parents Thomas Richardson and Amy Applewhite.² It appears he was named for his mother’s maiden name, Applewhite or Applewhaite — an English surname from the Old Norse words apaldr (“apple tree”) and þveit (“meadow”).³