A few months ago I submitted a YDNA kit from my father to familytreeDNA.com for testing. I have been anxiously awaiting the results and they have finally arrived. We are descendants from a race of space aliens with a superior intellect. Actually we are just what I thought, a bunch of Brits, recently transplanted to the North American continent.
Our haplogroup is R1b1a2, this group is found predominantly in France, England, Ireland, and Wales. In a comparison chart on the website of all Thornton's who have had their YDNA tested we fall into a unmatched category. Interestingly, the Thornton's in Virginia and other southern states are mostly of a different group, I1 which ended up in Scandinavia.
What I need is for Thorntons who claim descent from James Thornton of Ireland, the father of Matthew Thornton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, to have their DNA tested. There are some southern Thorntons who claim descent from Samuel Thornton, son of James, and brother of Matthew. They think he migrated to the south and lived in South Carolina. This is the same Samuel who we say is our ancestor and that he lived in New Hampshire with the rest of his family.
A DNA test will not give you a list of ancestors but it can point you in the right direction. If a southern Thornton thinks they're are part of the New Hampshire family a DNA test could prove it. If you are a Thornton and have a few spare dollars, the Thornton DNA project could sure benefit from your DNA test.