I’ve been asked several times to compile a list of all of my Estes lineage articles in one place.
I’ve created a table below, and I will update with links as I write additional articles or expand the lineage, although I suspect we are at the end of the Estes line at 1495.
I’ve also included the wife or partner that I descend through for each ancestor, when known. I will create a separate lineage document beginning with the wife as the first person in her family line.
Think of these as chapters in my Estes lineage book! I hope some of these people are your ancestors too, and if not, I encourage you to write your ancestors’ stories.
Brief Estes Progenitor Synopsis
It’s hard to comprehend that the earliest known Estes progenitor, Nycholas Ewstas was born in 1495, the same year that Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
Nycholas owned a sheep and a horse, and was found living near Deal, England, along the white cliffs of Dover.
Despite a persistent and enchanting story, there is no evidence, genetic or otherwise, that the family descends from the d’Este family of Italy. Trust me, I wanted it to be so, but I’ve pretty well disproven that oral history.
Nycholas Ewstas’s descendants, for generations, were mariners.
If you have information about these lines that I have not included in these articles, please let me know. You never know what’s going to pop up.
My family trees are available at:
The Estes family archivist, David Powell, maintains free research sites here and here.
The Estes Trails Newsletter, current and back issues are available from Larry Duke at email@example.com.
The Estes DNA Project is available here, and all Estes descendants are welcome to join by either taking a Family Finder test, here or uploading a DNA file from another vendor. Step-by-step upload instructions are found here.
Estes men are strongly encouraged to order the Y DNA test, here. The most detailed results are available with the Big Y-700 test.
*1 – Mitochondrial DNA descends through all females to the current generation, which can be males. Anyone who descends from this woman through all females carries her mitochondrial DNA today, so is eligible for a free testing scholarship if you have not already taken a mitochondrial DNA test at FamilyTreeDNA. Either way, please reach out! There’s a lot we can learn.
*2 – No daughters known, so mitochondrial DNA would not be available.
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I have Combs and Martin in my family tree, the Martins are from Switzerland, though I can only guess they are not connected to the ones you are searching for. My mtDNA on FTDNA is J1c3B1
This post reminded me of a Dutch man’s quest to trace back his family’s surname: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_BVBkplwBk&lc=Ugxu9gIEEAwigVGldzp4AaABAg&ab_channel=ErikMols // BTW, I am 101% certain that I have Sephardic Jewish ancestry – definitely distant but there. I have matches by way of Cuba, for example… and if they’re not false… I can only shake my head. I know that Sephardic Jewish people went to various places and then often moved on and on… so I don’t know how far back there’d be a MCRA… BUT… I doubt all those matches… and others (inter-related) in places like Spain, Brazil, France, Turkey, Cyprus… could all be from a much later migration… which suggests that a small bit of distinctive DNA can really hang on for several generations/centuries… maybe since the late 15th century. (These matches stick out because my parents were “Germans” for centuries… with only one documented exception… to date. – For those who are unaware of Sephardi… one group ended up in Hamburg, permitted to establish a community. I think this is not even widely known in Germany today.)