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|John SIAS I of Ipswich, Wells, and Durham
Sarah Ann PITMAN
|ATTENTION: I'm seeking a
patrilineal descendant of our subject for Y-DNA testing. I am offering
to fund a 67-marker Y-DNA test of this individual (this is over $200 worth
of DNA testing!). Conditions are 1) that the individual is a male
surnamed SIAS (or close variation) who descends in a direct male line from
John SIAS; 2) that the individual's patrilineal line genealogy is shared
with me in sufficient detail that I am convinced the connection to John
is valid; 3) that this individual join the SEARS
Project hosted by WorldFamilies.net, which means being tested by FamilyTreeDNA;
and 4) that the individual sign the Release allowing sharing of his results,
including upload to Ysearch (a public
database sponsored by FTDNA). Note that sharing of results does not
necessarily mean sharing of one's identity (beyond, obviously, sharing
it with me). If you are interested, please
UPDATE (8 Mar 2015): the offer has been accepted, so is no longer available. A patrilineal line male descendant of our subject has joined the SEARS project as Kit #407886. His results should appear on this web page around the beginning of May. I urge other males who descend from our subject to be tested at FTDNA to confirm that you match. We cannot know, for certain, if this individual has an NPE in his patrilineal line until at least one additional descendant is tested.
|There seem to be two versions of the origin of
the John SIAS who married Sarah Ann PITMAN, though I've yet to see documentation
1) that he was a French Huguenot immigrant to New England named Jean SIEYES;
2) that he was born in New England and was the son-in-law of William ROBERTS of Oyster River.
I have no idea which version may be correct. It may also be that the father of the John SIAS who married Sarah Ann PITMAN was Jean SIEYES and he is the one who married the daughter of William ROBERTS. Or none of the above.
|Husband: John SIAS — a.k.a. Jean SIEYES?
Birth: bef. 1672 or bef. 1666
Father: Mr. SIAS — a.k.a. Jean SIEYES?
Mother: Ms. ROBERTS
|Marriage: 3 Jan 1698/9, Wells, York Co., ME|
|Wife: Sarah Ann PITMAN [said to be descendant of a Mayflower
Birth: 1672 or ca. 1666
Father: William PITMAN
Mother: Ann ROBERTS
|Children — born in Durham Twp., Strafford Co., NH:|
SIAS, b. 21 Aug 1700
2. Rachel SIAS, b. ca. 1698-1710s
3. Judith SIAS, b. ca. 1698-1710s
4. John SIAS II, b. ca. 1698-1710
5. Samuel SIAS, b. ca. 1698-1710s
6. Solomon SIAS, b. ca. 1698-1710s; d. Lee Twp., Strafford Co., NH; m. Hannah __?__
7. Clement SIAS, b. ca. 1698-1710s; d. Canterbury, Rockingham [now Merrimack] Co., NH
8. Joseph SIAS, b. ca. 1715
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1. Sybil Noyes, Charles Thornton Libby, & Walter Goodwin Davis. 1928-39. Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire. Southworth-Anthoensen Press, Portland, ME (republ. 1972ff by Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD; Broderbund CD-523). Regretably, the authors indicate that they "modernized" dates and spellings, so this is not a verbatim compilation of the record. An example of the reason not to do such tampering is evidenced below by the inconsistency of John's record of military service in 1693-4. Did the original say, "John Sias" or "John Cyas"? We'll have to consult the original to be certain. The authors' entire coverage of SIAS is given below, as found on p. 633 (bold-face as per original):
2. Walter Goodwin Davis. 1996. Massachusetts and Maine Families in the Ancestry of Walter Goodwin Davis (1885-1996): a Reprinting, in Alphabetical Order by Surname, of the Sixteen Multi-Ancestor Compendia (plus Thomas Haley of Winter Harbor and His Descendants) compiled by Maine's Foremost Genealogist, 1916-1963. Genealogical Publ. Co., Baltimore, MD (Broderbund CD-194). In Vol. III, pp. 229-233, is a section entitled, "Roberts, of Oyster River, New Hampshire (from Lydia Harmon, 1924)." This section appears to be a verbatim excerpt from The Ancestry of Lydia Harmon. I cannot quote the section in its entirety because of copyright contraints, but here are the paragraphs most relevant to SIAS:
3. Samuel C. Adams. 1878. "Church Records of Rev. Hugh Adams, Principally at Oyster River Parish (now Durham), N.H." New England Historical and Genealogical Register 32(April): 133-136.
4. LDS. Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Ancestral File (AF) and International Genealogical Index (IGI).
5. WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).
6. Descendants of John Sias Sr. by Garey L. Marshall.
7. Archives of the SIAS-L mailing list (online at RootsWeb.com).
8. Mary P. Thompson. 1892. Landmarks in Ancient Dover, New Hampshire. Republican Press Assn., Concord, NH. On pp. 17-18:
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