Ancestry of Noyes P. Greene: The Quest for the Connection Between Maternal Native American DNA and Genealogy


This fascinating work reaches back through time from 2004 to 1769 and includes seven generations of Noyes P. Greene's ancestors. The seed for this work was planted when the author and her husband, Noyes, discovered through DNA testing that his direct female line was Native American and all of his grandmothers, back seven generations, lived near the Pequot Reservation. In fact, all of his direct grandmothers were born and raised in the town of Ledyard near the Mashantucket Pequot Reservation. This unexpected discovery led the author to six years of active research that resulted in the wealth of genealogical data preserved on these pages. The majority of this book is set in New London County, located in the southeastern corner of the state of Connecticut; specifically, the town of Ledyard and the surrounding towns of Groton, North Stonington, Stonington and Preston.

The direct maternal surnames that are discussed in the book are: Willcox/Wilcox, Pierce, Main, Brown and Holdridge.

The major genealogical mystery examined in this book is Hannah Brown, born 1769, who married Nathan Holdridge. There are three scenarios given on possible parents for her. An examination of the Maternal DNA process and test results that linked Noyes' to his Native American ancestors and a brief history of the Pequot Tribe during colonial times precede the chapters devoted to genealogy.

A biographical sketch of each grandmother includes: her date and place of birth; the date and place of marriage; her place of residence; her date of death, place of death and place of burial; the name of her spouse and the names of her children.

The author also included any information she could find on spouses and children and how they lived. Spouses' families are discussed if they have any bearing on a Native American connection. Indices, Noyes P. Greene's maternal DNA certificates, photographs, maps, appendices, sources and abbreviations add to the value of this work.


Shirley Greene 

2007, 5½x8½, paper, index, 266 pp.

ISBN: 9780788442520