I wrote about the brick wall on my Larkin line a few months ago in a post titled “Sometimes the Wall Wins”, because I lost that round. My 2-great grandmother, Bessie, eloped at age 16 and already a few months gone. That marriage record and a name on her son’s baptismal and death certificates are the only paper evidence I have that her husband, John T. Larkin, ever existed. Aside from my great grandfather, of course.
I had my father do a Y-37 test at Family Tree DNA a while back. None of his matches at the 12- or 25-marker levels were Larkins, and his one match at the 37-marker level had a genetic distance of 4, meaning that he isn’t closely related. The one saving grace was that the 37-marker match was also a Larkin, giving me reason to believe that our surname does reflect our lineage. Overall, though, the results were disappointing.
So, I did what any normal person would do: I sulked for a while, then ordered an upgrade as soon as the next good sale rolled around. And what a sale! A friend passed along a great coupon for the Big Y test, and FTDNA threw in the Y-111 upgrade for free. I got the Y-111 results today, only 18 days after the order was placed.
No matches at the 111-marker level, but at the 67-marker level, there are five … and four of them are Larkins!
None of them is close enough to shed light on my mysterious John T., of course. Even so, I’m feeling optimistic. I have much more confidence that he really was a Larkin, and he can’t hide forever.