Y-DNA Results Decide the Truth of the "Story"

 Background: The Story

Conclusion

Based on the Y-DNA test results discussed below, the validity of the legend that tells us Garret Harsin, buried in Shelby County, Indiana, is not actually Andrew Harrison of the Presidential Harrisons and Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Then, why?

Why was this story told as far back as the early 1800's as supported by the fact a descendant of each of this said Garret Harsin;s sons; George, Garret G., and John D., told of this story. Each of these descendants I talked to did not know of each other and were spread out geographically throughout the USA. Something happened. But what? Maybe something did happen during the American Revolutionary War with exchanging names with an Andrew Harrison, but not with the Benjamin Harrison family. But, since this individual returned after the war to the church he grew up with before the war to marry Elizabeth Doughty, one finds it difficult to justify any change during the war. Another, thought has surfaced, recently. Maybe Garret was adopted into the Harsin family at a young age and it was known his name was Andrew Harrison, prior to the adoption and although not of the President Harrison's family, maybe the story was twisted somewhat.

What now?

Two individuals that can be documented as direct descendants of the Harsin (Harsen) family of New York City, previously New Amsterdam, and from the ancestors of what would be Garret Harsin's actual true - blood ancestors, will be asked to help with providing Y-DNA. If their markers match those of the descendants of Garret Harsin that have already submitted DNA, then we know there was no change to any name for Garret.  However, if the markers do not match, then we can only speculate at this time, who Garret Harsin's true father was.

The Results

First, two descendants of Garret Harsin provided DNA for a Y-DNA test. The relationship to Garret Harsin is documented. One, came from the son of Garret, George Harsin. The other, from another son of Garret, Garret G..  These two willing individuals are related by the common ancestor, Garret Harsin, buried in Shelby County, Indiana. They are 5th cousins, meaning one has to trace back 6 generations to arrive at this common ancestor.  The DNA of these 5th cousins matched exactly.  Results can be found at FamilyTreeDNA website.

Next, two individuals that are definitely descendants of the Harsen families of Harsen Island near Algonac, Michigan, provided their DNA for testing. It is generally known in articles about this Harsen Island, that the initial families that settled the Island came from New York City. These pioneer's names can be found in the documentation of the Dutch Reformed Church in New York City, where the same Harsen family from Holland settled. Supporting material has not been documented as to this relationship. However, chances are good they are.  The results of this testing concluded the two individual cousins were related to each other, matching Y-DNA markers, exactly.  However, the markers do not match those of the two Harsins.  This conclusion can not support the theory that Garret Harsin was not of the Harsin (Harsen) family of New York City (New Amsterdam).  Garret Harsin is baptized and was married in this same Dutch Reformed Church.

Next, attention was turned to locate individuals that can be documented as being direct descendants of Benjamin Harrison V and ask for their support in this DNA project.  While researching, an existing Y-DNA result was  found on the World Families website. Lineage 34 shows the Y-DNA marker results for a descendant of President Harrison.  Thanks to Karen Heath, as she found another descendant of President Harrison. This individual helped with the DNA project and provided his DNA. The results were posted on the FamilyTreeDNA site May 6th, 2009. All markers with the exception of 1, and that one is only a single digit off, are the same as the markers found for the Pres. Harrison descendant results found on the World Families website.  This was a good finding to support the actual markers for the President Harrison line. However, the Harrison DNA markers DO NOT MATCH the Harsin or the Harsen DNA markers.  This will give a 100% conclusion that Garret Harsin buried in Shelby County, Indiana, is not a Presidential Harrison.

FamilyTreeDNA results:

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Kit

Last Name

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3

3

1

3

3

3

4

3

4

3

3

3

H

9

9

9

9

8

8

2

8

3

8

9

8

a

3

0

 

1

5

5

6

8

9

9

2

9

p

 

 

 

 

a

b

 

 

 

|

 

|

l

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

2

o

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

22358

Harsin 

I1

13

22

15

10

13

14

11

14

12

12

11

28

2

22320

Harsin 

I1

13

22

15

10

13

14

11

14

12

12

11

28

3

23734

Harsen of Harsen Island

R1b1b2

13

23

15

11

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

4

23769

Harsen of Harsen Island

R1b1b2

13

23

15

11

11

14

12

12

12

13

13

29

5

129117

Harson 

R1a1

13

25

16

10

11

14

12

12

11

13

11

29

6

149719

Harrison 

-

14

23

14

12

11

15

11

12

11

13

13

29

World Families results:

Lineage 34- The James River & Presidential Harrisons

R1b

 

14

23

14

12

11

15

12

12

11

13

13

29

?

9

10

11

11

?

15

19

29

15

15

16

19

10

11

19

23

H-4

President William Henry Harrison b. 1773 Charles City Co., VA

R1b

 

14

23

14

12

11

15

12

12

11

13

13

29

16

9

10

11

11

26

15

19

29

15

15

16

19

10

11

19

23

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