Rushing DNA Project!

Contact Peter via
peter(at)rushenhistory.com

Latest Update 1 July 2023.


The object of the Rushing DNA Project is to try to prove or disprove some assumptions made in our family history research.
Although we have links by surname, are we in fact cousins? Do we have cousins or ancestors with a different surname? Do they come from a different continent? Where did our family groups originate?
In England we have several major groups of Rushen going back over three centuries. Is there a link between :-

Essex, Wiltshire, Staffordshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire and London?

The Y-chromosone test can indicate:
Whether specific individual men share a common ancestor.
If a set of men with the same or similar surname are directly related through a common ancestor.
How many different common male ancestors any given group collectively shares.
Are there links between the various name variants,

Rushan, Rushant, Rushen, Rushin, Rushing, Rusher and Rishin.

Can we prove a link to the Rushings in the United States?

I tested with Family Tree DNA and when my result came in my 25 markers matched exactly those of two Rushing family members in the USA, given on their web site.


Because of this success I upgraded to 37 markers and have a match through my earliest known ancestor, Thomas Rushing born circa 1707 in Great Braxted Essex to Philip Rushing of Anson County, North Carolina, USA, born in 1745. Other matches are proven to Mathew Malachai Rushing born circa 1750 in South Carolina and Lloyd Jason Rushing of Oklahoma City.

In 2013 I upgraded to 111 markers. What changes did that make? Other testers in the Rushing group have also tested to 111 markers, and I now share matches at a Genetic Distance of one to three.

Another giant leap forward was to get my cousins to take a test. My cousin with the surname Leist will be 100 years young next month. Her test opened up a whole new avenue of ancestors and contacts on Ancestry's Thru Lines. Get your cousins to test before it is too late! Do you match with the surname Leist?

Because of the success with FTDNA I decided to take two more tests, one with 23&me and another with Ancestry. The tools on Ancestry are very useful and are being developed further all of the time bringing in more and more matches. Look for yourself.

In 2023 I upgraded to Big Y 700 markers. What changes did that make? We have a link proving that a Rushen/Rushing went from Essex or Suffolk to the colonies circa 1650.

Join in the fun and link up to your ancestors in the old country! What matches do you have in Ancestry DNA when you search Rushen and Rushing? Let us know.