USS Shenandoah the Summer of 1953

Welcome to Capeflier my personal online genetic genealogy research resource site . Family history research is most successful when we are able to combine DNA match information with information about the ancestors in each others family trees. One of my hobbies is researching my genetic genealogy and I am using these pages to share information with my matches and genetic cousins who might be interested in helping with my research. This has been a very interesting journey full of twists and turns but through the kindness and generosity of many cousins along the way I have achieved a great deal of knowledge of the history of me.

Genetic cousins who match me or the genetic genealogy kits I manage on GEDMatch.com, 23andme, Family Tree DNA, or Ancestry.com genetic genealogy databases will find the resources here to help us locate our common ancestors.

Members of the Taylor, Howell and Covey family from Tell City Indiana will find information on how they can help with our research by participating in our genetic genealogy research. Current research focus is on locating genetic connections with the descendants of the ancestors of Philip J. Taylor of Tell City , Perry County, Indiana.

The Philip J Taylor, Tell City , Perry County Indiana Paternal Connection

Philip J Taylor Address

Philip J Taylor 1953

According to my birth mother Philip J. Taylor of Tell City Indiana was with her the night she believes I was conceived. Her story is supported by what I call my cocktail napkin birth certificate pictured to the right. The address written on this note paper was given to my birth mother the night Philip Taylor visited her in August of 1953 and was found among my birth mothers letters after she passed away. In addition to my birth mothers story of the events that evening I now have in excess of 20 genetic matches with descendants of ancestors of Philip Taylor adding to the growing genetic evidence that Philip Taylor was my birth father.

Taylor, Howell Family Research Genealogy Project and Free Genetic Genealogy Testing.

Philip Taylor did not have any children in his later marriage so I hope that perhaps one of Adlai Taylor’s other descendants or other potential genetic cousins from the Albert Taylor or Albert Howell and Uriah Howell families will help me out with the information I need. I also hope my existing genetic matches from 23andme,GEDMatch.com , Family Tree DNA, and AncestryDNA will take the time to do a quick check for any Taylor, Covey or Howell connections.

Phillip J Taylor

Philip J Taylor

I hope that members of Philip Taylorís family of Perry County Indiana will consider taking the free AncestryDNA or Family Tree DNA Family Finder test to help in documenting family history. If interested contact me at mark@capeflier.com Genetic genealogy has come a long way in a few short years. Not only can siblings and first cousins help but anyone one with a recent genetic connection can contribute to my research. A second cousin from the Taylor.Howell or Covey family that matches with me would be very helpful in our family research. More information about the Taylor genetic genealogy project is located at the Taylor Genetic Genealogy Project page. Contact me at mark@capeflier.com for information about how to participate. I am extremely grateful for the five Cottrell cousins who volunteered to participate in our genetic genealogy studies to help me unravel the twisted genetics of my past.

Taylor Ancestry Connecting the Dots

Philip Taylor has three different genetic connections to the Taylor Family. One of course is his paternal link. The furthest known ancestor I have in this line is David Paterson Taylor. Philip Taylors mother Daisy Howell has connections to the other two Taylor lines. One is Verlinda Taylor (b. 1742, d. 1782) married to Malachi Cummings. The other Elizabeth Taylor (b. 1711, d. 1771) married George Lanman. At least two of these lines if not all three appear to merge with the Carlisle England Taylors John and James who migrated to the US in the early 1600′s. I hope my matches will work with me on these connections. I am especially interested in the paternal connection in connecting David Patterson Taylor with his back ancestors.

I have been working to connect the Taylors in Column A to the Taylors in Column B. I have a good idea of who goes with who but hope to use genetic genealogy to help confirm. more about my Taylors connecting the dots is included on the Philip Taylor Taylor Connections page .

Remember the old tests from elementary school draw a line from column A to the matching ancestor in column B. Do we have an autosomnal DNA match to prove it?

Column A Column B
David Paterson Taylor James Taylor
Ohio 1796 -1862 Bowling Green,VA 1635-1698
Albert Elimore Taylor John Taylor
Perry,IN 1874- 1914) Carlisle England 1607-1652
Elizabeth Taylor John Taylor
Virgina 1711- 1771 Northumberland ,VA1654-1717
Verlinda Taylor Edmund Taylor
Virginia 1742- 1782 Hare Forest VA, 1690-1755


Why the Y is still important

Y DNA is very useful because it passes relatively unchanged from father to son through the generations. So in theory a Taylor from 1500 should have very close to the same DNA as a distant descendant in 2014. With three different Taylor families in Philip Taylors family tree it is a huge help knowing which ones belong the his fathers Taylor line. There nomenclatures in common use to define our haplogroup. One is the terminal SNP pronounced snip. Mine is L2 , Not everyone has tested as many markers as I have so if your terminal SNP is M269 that is in the same branch of the tree and we could still match. The other nomenclature is a haplogroup tree reference, mine starts with R1b1* , The downstream values vary by year so so first need to know which year ISOGG tree you are using, Then compare values as far left to right as we have in common. If the shortest value runs out of digits without a mismatch with the other then we are still possible matches. For example R1b1a* and R1b1a2a1a2b1 are still potential matches one has simply tested more markers. Keep in mind that even if we dont match on YDNA we can still be related on either of the other lines as a non YDNA is simply means its not a male to male to male ancestry. So if our YDNA does not match we could still macth one of the other Taylors on Phil Taylors mothers side.

Here are my values translated by year.

R1b1a1a1a1a4f April 2014

R1b1a2a1a2b1 2014
R1b1a2a1a2b1 2013
R1b1a2a1a1b3c 2011
R1b1b2a1a2d3 2010

My YDNA terminal SNP is L2 and I am also in the M269 subclade.


Sproul Genetic Genealogy Project - My maternal genetic genealogy is through the Sproul family and I am happy to work with my matches to find genetic connections there as well. Aside from the fact that its just plain fun to find new cousins the current goals of the Sproul genetic genealogy project include connecting the Sprouls of early 1800s Cornwall Canada to the Sproul family that dates back to Walter Spreull 1245 in Scotland. I especially encourage descendants of the Paisley Scotland Sprouls to contribute to our research.

The Cottrell Connection – I am still trying to sort out my genetic connection to the Cottrell family and hope that descendants of Owen Cottrell will volunteer to participate in the free Cottrell genetic genealogy project,. Current thinking is either some sort of maternal connection in the late 1700′s or perhaps some left over dna from some sort of extremely rare chimerism with a more recent ancestor.

Other Genetic Genealogy Kits I manage: If you have found your way here because of matches with Rheault, Condon, Buchanan or Howe tests at Family Tree DNA please email me directly at mark@capeflier.com for information about those family trees. These are projects I manage for others some of which may not have recent genetic connections with me. Please be sure to include which kit you match as well as any information that might help us identify your common ancestor.

A word about passwords To protect family privacy a password is required for certain sections of our site . The genealogy, pictures file and document archives each have their own distinct password as they are of interest to different people. Please email me with your connection to the family or the genetic match information you are researching and the section(s) you would like the password for. Passwords are freely available to anyone with a connection to the family so feel free to email me. Thank you for participating in bringing our history alive.