In 2006, I was
contacted by researchers of the Talley and Tolley
families to participate in DNA testing to see if there
was a connection between the Talley's, Tolley's and
Tuley's. Since they offered to pay for the test, I
agreed to participate.
Because of the differences in
pronunciation, which I think are more significant than
the spelling differences, I did not expect there to be a
match, but I was surprised at how different the results
were. According to the test results, we are related back
around the time of Noah.
A Tooley from the John Tuley/Sarah
New line also tested and as expected he and I were an
exact 12 marker match, indicating our lines are related
sometime since the late 1600's (about the time the
Tuley's originally came to America). A couple of people
from the Connecticut Tooley line have tested and they do
not match us.
Thinking about it, if some other
Tuley's tested, we could show a link between the various
Tuley lines. Unfortunately, I can't offer to fund the
testing. If you are interested, lots of good information
on DNA testing for genealogy can be found at Family Tree
If anyone from the New
Jersey Tuley line gets tested, please let me know.
An interesting article, that
explains testing very well. The
limits of ancestry DNA tests, explained.