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Surnames included in the Hayden & McCabe families:

Beebee, Brown, Cowan, Craycraft, Dewey, Hayden, Kellogg, McCabe, McIntire, Morgan, Robertson, Umphenour, Wood, Wooster & Wright

Five generations each of the paternal (Hayden) and Maternal (McCabe) lines are shown on their respective genealogy pages. Use the links at the top of the page to the pedigree diagrams.


Genealogy is Fun!

Once bitten by the genealogy bug you're hooked! Mostly this site is for fun because I have fun doing it. I include a lot of family photos (apologies to you dial up folks for the slow down load) plus my family pedigree diagrams as I know them. I welcome any comments, additions, corrections, questions, etc. that you may have. Just drop me an email from any of the site's email links.

In the course of doing genealogy, I came across a relitively new tool, Y-chromosome DNA studies. This turned out to be really an exciting new tool for me as it has been for many genealogists in helping to break down the "brick walls" we all seem to hit sooner or later in our research. If you have an interest in this tool, I recommend you get a copy of "Trace Your Roots with DNA; using genetic tests to explore your family tree" by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner. I got my copy for under $10 on Just about the right level of technology for the non-technical reader.

Like many new things, DNA genealogy takes a while to catch on and gain acceptance. The number of genealogists using it is growing rapidly now that Y-chromosome testing has become reasonable priced. Unfortunately, there still exists some resistance including the administration of some of the message boards. To make certain the Hayden families didn't miss out, I volunteered to administer the Hayden Family DNA Project through FamilyTreeDNA. This web site has a page dedicated to updating progress of this exciting project. Be sure to check it out while you are visiting.

My family's genealogy research has for several years focussed on two ancestors. For both, I and other researchers had hit the "Brick Wall".  In both cases, Y-chromosome testing along with a lot of traditional research and hard work broke through the wall. A summary of the work on these two ancestors, James J. McCabe and Joseph B. Hayden, follows.

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Finding the parents of James Japeth McCabe

Sometimes tracing your ancestors is relativey easy; sometimes extremely difficult. My two maternal grandparents' lines are cases in point.

The easy one was the case of my mother's mother, Julia Estella Dewey. The Dewey line is well documented in the publication "Dewey Genealogy and Family History" compiled by Louis Marinus Dewey and published in 1898. Although out of print, several copies exist in the family and even on the internet. I have both a hard copy and a electronic version.

The tough one has been finding the parents of James Japeth Mccabe who was orphaned at age 9 and no records of his birth have been found. We do have a transcription of his Civil War diary in which he makes no mention of any family members other than two half brothers and by first name only. In 1981, Earl L. McCabe published his "The McCabe Family History" which he later revised in 1988. At that time there were many, conflicting family legends including James's father had deserted his family and gone west  as a forty-niner. James' mother was unknown but thought to be hard to live with.

The search for James' parents had gone on for many years. In the last few years, another descendant of James J. McCabe and her husband, Judi & Jim Freed, were, with a lot of hard work using traditional genealogy techniques, able to determine James' mother and begin to unravel this complicated family. I was privledged to play a minor role in this work and learned a great deal in the process.

As a result of this work, a hypothesis was developed as to who might be James' father. Many things had to be considered; did the hypothesized father know the mother, was he in the neighborhood at the right time, were there any other McCabe males around at the same time and so on. At the end of all this work, the only way to test this hypothesis was to use Y-chromosome testing which was organized after even more traditional research to find male McCabe descendants of the hypothesized father.

Well, the story has a happy ending. After many years of searching by many researchers, we now know who were the parents of James Japeth McCabe. You can read the story on the DNA testing at the McCabe link on the Links Page. An important point is it took a combination of traditional genealogy and Y-chromosome DNA testing to finally break down the wall. Neither one by itself did or could not have yielded the desired result.

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The parents of Joseph B. Hayden

The success of the McCabe research was very encouraging. It also taught a valuable lesson on how to best combine traditional and DNA genealogy tools. Do the research to form a hypothesis for testing with Y-chromosome DNA.

Three to four years of traditional research led me to hypothesize that Joseph B. was the son of Ebenezer Hayden and Elizabeth Byron of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (See the Hayden Genealogy page for some of the reasons why this hypothesis was formed.) The hypothesized pedigree is shown below. Now, I needed volunteers to test. Stephen C. was easy; that's me. I ordered the 37 marker test (Y-DNA37) from FamilyTreeDNA.  I had experience with FamilyTreeDNA on the McCabe study and was very satisified with their work. However, Y-chromosome results from other labs are just as valid and can be included in the Project results and analysis. Now I needed some volunteers from other family branches.

The first volunteer was a documented descendant of Jacob Hayden. Although no primary evidence was available, there was a great deal of secondary evidence that Jacob was a son of Nathaniel, Sr., and, hence, a brother of Ebenezer. The results of Jacob's descendant Y-chromosome test supported the hypothesis shown below. However, it could not be ruled out that Jacob was a cousin or other close relative of Ebenezer other than brother.

Next, the project has received Y-chromosome results for a documented descendant of Nathaniel, Jr. It is clear that three of us are related and the results support the pedigree shown below. Please read the full discussion of the results plus additional results on the Hayden DNA Project page by clicking the link at the top of this page.

Hypo Hayden Pedigree

So, in my own experience, Y-chromosome testing has been key in solving mystries in two of my family lines. Clearly, DNA is an interesting and valuable tool to have in your genealogy tool kit. The Hayden Family Project is getting very interesting now. If you are a Hayden, Heydon, Haydon, Heiden, Hadden, Haden, etc. researcher, why not join in? If you are a Hayden, or variant thereof, male, become a test subject. If not, recruit one in your Hayden line. We are just beginning to see what we have to learn!

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