This article is a follow-up to “Were Mary (WHITAKER) JOHNSON and Patience (WHITAKER) MARLOW Sisters?” In it, I laid out some circumstantial evidence that has led me to believe, besides the surname, that Patience WHITAKER and Mary WHITAKER were related and even may have been sisters. You can review that short article for a refresher. Also, please see the endnotes [a] and [b] at the bottom of this page.
In today’s article, I would like to focus on finding living descendants of Patience (WHITAKER) MARLOW, specifically matrilineal descendants. These descendants should have the same mitochondrial DNA as Patience, which can be determined through mitochondrial DNA testing (mtDNA testing) at Family Tree DNA, the only company to provide this type of test. Mitochondrial DNA testing of matrilineal descendants of Patience could prove or disprove that she and Mary were maternal relatives, e.g., that their mothers were siblings, that they had the same mother, or other scenarios.
Attempts at finding a paper trail for the parents of either of these women have yielded nothing concrete. There are candidates for a father, and discussion of this is out of scope of this article. As with so many situations in colonial and early America, many records do not have wives listed, and if they do, the wives are given without their maiden surnames.