Jesse Ritter[1]

Male c1735-1740 - c1807-1808  (~ 68 years)


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  • Name Jesse Ritter 
    Born c1735-1740 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1765  Wayne County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1769-1807  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died c1807-1808  Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jesse Ritter, Sr. was the progenitor of the Moore County, NC Ritter family and is the earliest known ancestor to many of the Ritters throughout the south. It is believed that Jesse Ritter, Sr. was born around 1735. He can be found in numerous court records in Cumberland/Moore County, NC beginning in 1769 up until his estate was settled in 1807/1808. The parents of Jesse are unknown as well as what age Jesse migrated to NC if he was born in PA or VA as some Ritter researchers suggest indeed was born in PA or VA. His two oldest known children, Everet and John, were both born in North Carolina around 1760 clearly indicating that Jesse was in NC as an early adult.

      Jesse originally owned land one mile north of Bensalem Church off of Alton Road. He sold this land to Nathan Smith in 1774 and moved east near Buffalo Creek eventually settling off of Richland Creek. A majority of the land he owned was located in the area around Calvary Baptist Church continuing south towards Bethlehem Baptist Church. He also owned land over in Montgomery County, NC during the early 1780's. It is unknown whether he actually resided in Montgomery County at the time or was merely speculating land. In early Moore County, NC records, Jesse Ritter was often found with the Smith, Newton, Cagle, and Maness families. His children married into the Richardson, Seawell/Sowell, Bean, Smith and Muse families that were neighbors in and around his property on Richland Creek. Sons Everett [c1760-aft 1850] and Jesse, Jr. [1770/1780 - 1838] migrated to west to AL, MS, and MO, AR respectively and many descendants throughout the south can trace their lineage back to one of these men.

      Several male Ritters descending from Jesse Ritter very close match the Y-DNA of male Wallace descendants of Everet Wallace [c1770-c1845]. There is no known direct relationship between Everet Wallace and Jesse Ritter but the DNA results clearly show a close one. It is very likely that either Everet Wallace's father or grandfather was a Ritter or that Jesse Ritter, Sr.'s father or grandfather was a Wallace. An interesting piece of circumstantial evidence is that Jesse Ritter, Sr. had a son named Everett Ritter [c1760-aft1850] and that the names Everet and Isham are found consistently through the generations of both families. DNA from Jesse Ritter's descendants also is a relative match to a descendant of James Ritter [~1764-1816] of Surry County, NC. It is a believed that James was the son of Moses Ritter and Hannah Bradbury/Bradberry of Wayne County, NC/New Hanover County, NC.

      Over the years, many oral traditions have been handed down through the Ritter family of Moore County, NC describing them as of German descent, and having traveled down the Great Wagon Road from PA to VA and then NC, possibly even with the Williamson, Garner, Hussey and other families. Recent discoveries provide significant clues to Jesse's heritage and likely prove that he was not part of this group of families migrating from PA to NC. Based on the following records, it is my belief that Jesse migrated from old Dobbs County, NC [current Wayne County] to Moore County, NC during the late 1760's.

      There are several references to a Jesse Ritter and other Ritters in Dobbs County, NC and Eastern NC colonial records. Dobbs County was carved from Johnston County and was later split into Lenoir, Wayne, and Greene counties and the actual deeds were lost in a Lenoir County courthouse fire. It is very likely that these Ritters are related to the Moore County, NC family and I believe these references are actually to Jesse Ritter, Sr. prior to his migration to Moore County, NC. Given this, I am inclined to believe that Moses Ritter was Jesse Ritter, Sr.'s brother.

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      Early Ritter References from Eastern North Carolina

      1735, May 19 -- North Carolina Colonial Records Volume 4 Page 52
      Jno. Retter received a warrant for 100 acres in Bladen County in the Minutes of the North Carolina Governor's Council

      1754, Nov 25 -- North Carolina Colonial Records Volume 22 Page 360
      Thos. Ritter and Jesse Ritter are listed on Muster Roll of Captain Charles King of the Chowan County Militia

      1755, Oct 3 -- Land Patent Book 2 Page 138, Johnston County, NC
      Moses Retter received a 165 acre Land Grant located East of Little River and on both sides of Buck Branch.

      1759, Sep 1 -- Land Patent Book 15 Page 302, Johnston County, NC
      Moses Rutter received a 92 acre Land Grant located North of Little River on the Head of Buck Swamp including the Goose Pond adjoining his former line.

      1762, Nov 15 -- Land Patent Book 15 Page 454, Dobbs County, NC
      William Grant received a 140 acre Land Grant located on Buck Swamp and the Mouth of Clayey Branch adjoining his own line and Moses Ruter.

      1763, Apr 22 -- Land Patent Book 15 Page 504, Dobbs County, NC
      Moses Retter received a 170 acre Land Grant located on Buck Swamp and the Mouth of Clayey Branch adjoining his own line and William Grant.

      1765, Apr-Apr 1769 -- Deed Book 7, Dobbs County, NC
      Page 111 - Moses Ritter to Thomas Price/Rice
      Page 138 - Jesse Ritter to Drury Alldridge

      1768, Apr 28 -- Land Patent Book 23 Page 206, Dobbs County, NC
      David Shurley received a 150 acre Land Grant located North of the Nuce [Neuse] River, East of lower Falling Creek and West of Clarks Bank adjoining Jesse Retter, Stanley, and Shurley's own line [formerly Clarks].

      1768, Apr 28 -- Land Patent Book 23 Page 206, Dobbs County, NC
      Moses Retter received a 300 acre Land Grant located between Mirtle Branch and Buck Branch adjoining James Bradberry, Henerey Easterling and near Retter's own line.

      1769, Dec 16 -- Land Patent Book 20 Page 491, Dobbs County, NC
      William Worrel received a 375 acre Land Grant located South of Nauhunty Swamp and South of Slugh Swamp adjoining Moses Retter, Elliot and Widow Speir.

      1771, Nov 28 -- North Carolina Colonial Records Volume 22 Page 414
      Moses Ritter listed on Account of Sundry Firelocks Pressed into his Majesty's Service in the Expedition against the Insurgents in 1771, for the Dobbs Detachment, which were lost, broke or destroyed.

      1773, Apr-May 1775 -- Deed Book 10, Dobbs County, NC
      Page 420 - Jessee Ritter to Moses Ritter
      Page 474 - Moses Ritter to Joshua Howell

      1775, Apr 18 -- Deed Book 3 Page 502, Sampson County, NC
      Edward Byrd deeded Moses Ritter 100 acres located East of Six Runs adjoining Henry MacCullows. Benjamon Bell and William Younf were witnesses.

      1775, Apr 18 -- Deed Book 3 Page 503, Sampson County, NC
      Daniel Watkins and wife Barsheba deeded Moses Ritter 150 acres located on Run of Beaverdam Swamp adjoining Edward Byrd. David James and Jessey Watkins were witnesses.

      1777, Jan-Apr 1779 -- Deed Book 11, Dobbs County, NC
      Page 198 - Moses Ritter to Wilson Wadkins

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      Cumberland/Moore County, NC References


      1769, May 25 -- Deed Book 3 Page 381, Cumberland County, NC
      John Donahoe deeded Nicholas Newton 200 acres located on Wet Creek. Samuel Williams, Jesse Riter and Thomas Keys were witnesses.

      1773, May 24 -- Land Grant #1218, Cumberland County, NC
      Jesse Rutter received a 200 acre Land Grant located on Wet Creek adjoining Jas. Chaney and Nicholas Newton.

      1774, Jan 12 -- Land Grant #0417, Cumberland County, NC
      William Smith entered a 50 acre Land Grant located on South of Cabin Creek adjoining David Kagill and John Kagill. Jesse Ritter and Jacob Kagle were chain carriers. [note -- was not granted]

      1774, Jan 13 -- Land Grant #0418, Cumberland County, NC
      William Smith entered a 100 acre Land Grant located on Upper Buffalo Creek adjoining Leonard Kagill. Jesse Ritter and Isham Smith were chain carriers. [note -- was not granted]

      1774, Jan 13 -- Land Grant #1359, Cumberland County, NC
      James Stevens received a 100 acre Land Grant located on Horse Creek adjoining Lewis Sowell. Jesse Ritter and Robert Edwards were chain carriers.

      1774, Jul 8 -- Deed Book 6 Page 279, Cumberland County, NC
      Jesse Ritter deeded Nathan Smith 200 acres located on Wet Creek adjoining James Chainey and Nicholas Newton. Thos. Branford and William Manes were witnesses.

      1774, Oct 25 -- 1755-1779 County Court Minutes, Cumberland County, NC
      A deed from Jesse Ritter to Nathan Smith was proven by William Manes

      1778 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Jesse Ritter listed $230 of taxable property in Captain John Cox's District

      1780 -- Tax List, Montgomery County, NC
      Jesse Ritter listed

      1782, May 18 -- Land Grant #297, Montgomery County, NC
      Jesse Ritter received a 156 acre Land Grant on Dencen's Fork of Little River adjoining William Haltom. Spencer Alton and Robert Stephens were chain carriers.

      1783 -- Tax List, Cumberland County, NC
      Jesse Riter listed $210 of taxable property in Captain John Cox's District

      1784, Oct 20 -- Land Grant #185, Moore County, NC
      Jesse Ritter received a 100 acre Land Grant located on Buffalo Creek adjoining his own improvement and Matthew Ledbetter. John Ritter and Thos. Ritter, Junr. were chain carriers.

      1785, Oct 9 -- Land Grant #9, Moore County, NC
      Jesse Ritter received a 50 acre Land Grant located on Richland Creek adjoining Campbell. William Manes and Thos. Ritter were chain carriers.

      1786, Feb 21 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 83
      Jesse Writter records his mark as a swallow fork in the right ear and a slit in the left

      1786, Aug 22 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 118
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1786, Nov 21 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 124
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1787 -- Marriage Licenses, Moore County, NC Will Book A Page 382
      John Ritter and Elizabeth Richardson were granted a marriage license. Jesse Ritter was the surety.

      1787, Feb 20 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 134
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1787, Feb 21 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 140
      A deed from John Sowell and Mary Sowell to William Barrett was proven by Jesse Ritter
      A deed from William Smith to May Hines was proven by Jesse Ritter

      1787, Feb 22 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 142
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1787, May 22 & 24 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 157
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1788, Feb 20 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 186
      A deed from Wm. Barrett and Amey/Anny Barrett to Jesse Writter was duly acknowledged by Wm. Barrett

      1788, May 23 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 197
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1789, Feb 21 -- 1785-1794 County Court Minutes, Moore County, NC Page 219
      Jesse Ritter served jury duty

      1790 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 159
      Jesse Ritter
      (16+) 2M
      (0-16) 2M
      5F

      1795, Nov 24 -- Will Book A, Page 187-188, Moore County, NC
      Will of Nicholas Newton
      1796, Feb (proved in open court)
      Wife -- Melaney Newton
      Son -- John Tucker Newton
      Dau -- Mary Sowel
      Dau -- Meloney Dun
      Dau -- Febay Melton
      Son -- William Newton
      Son -- Nicholas Smith Newton
      Dau -- Hannah Carpenter
      Dau -- Delaney Gibson
      Dau -- Charity Newton
      Dau -- Sarah Newton
      Dau -- Elizabeth Newton
      Witness -- Jesse Ritter, John McAulay, Jesse Brown

      1800 -- Census, Moore County, NC Page 50
      Jesse Writtor
      (45+) 1M 1F
      (16-25) 1M
      (10-16) 1F
      (0-10) 1M 1F

      1807/1808 -- Estate, Moore County, NC Will Book A, Page 171
      Inventory of the Estate of Jesse Ritter
      Thomas Ritter and Jesse Sowell listed as Administrators
      [Note - no date given on actual Inventory but the date was estimated using the Estates that were listed before and after Jesse Ritters. While these Estates had no date listed either, several of the individuals had accompanying wills that were dated]

    Person ID I17481  Moore County Wallaces
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 

    Father Ritter 
    Family ID F12117  Group Sheet

    Children 
    +1. Everett Ritter,   b. Abt 1760,   d. Aft 1850, Tippah County, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years)
    +2. John Ritter,   b. 6 Aug 1760,   d. 13 Jul 1828  (Age 67 years)
     3. Cloey Ritter,   b. 1767,   d. 11 Apr 1831  (Age 64 years)
    +4. Thomas Ritter,   b. 1764,   d. 1849, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     5. James Ritter,   b. 1769,   d. 1836  (Age 67 years)
    +6. Jesse Ritter, Jr.,   b. Between 1770 and 1780,   d. 15 Dec 1838, Marion County, AR Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years)
    +7. Nancy Ritter,   b. 1775
    +8. Susannah Ritter,   b. 1790-1793,   d. 11 Sep 1858, Moore County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    Histories
    Ritter Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    Ritter Family of Moore County, NC - Miscellaneous Records
    The enclosed is a timeline and accounting of early Ritter references in Moore County and Cumberland County.
    Family ID F4920  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1765 - Wayne County, NC Link to Google Earth
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    Link to Google MapsDied - c1807-1808 - Moore County, NC Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    1767 Land Grant #669, Dobbs County, NC - David Shurley
    1767 Land Grant #669, Dobbs County, NC - David Shurley
    1769 Deed Book 3 Page 381, Cumberland County, NC - John Donahue to Nicholas Newton
    1769 Deed Book 3 Page 381, Cumberland County, NC - John Donahue to Nicholas Newton
    1773 Land Grant #1218, Cumberland County, NC - Jesse Ritter
    1773 Land Grant #1218, Cumberland County, NC - Jesse Ritter
    1774 Deed Book 6 Page 279, Cumberland County, NC - Jesse Ritter to Nathan Smith
    1774 Deed Book 6 Page 279, Cumberland County, NC - Jesse Ritter to Nathan Smith
    1774 Land Grant, Cumberland County, NC #0417 - William Smith
    1774 Land Grant, Cumberland County, NC #0417 - William Smith
    1774 Land Grant, Cumberland County, NC #0418 - William Smith
    1774 Land Grant, Cumberland County, NC #0418 - William Smith
    1782 Land Grant #297, Montgomery County, NC - Jesse Ritter
    1782 Land Grant #297, Montgomery County, NC - Jesse Ritter
    1784 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #185 - Jesse Ritter
    1784 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #185 - Jesse Ritter
    1785 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #9 - Jesse Ritter
    1785 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #9 - Jesse Ritter
    1790 Census, Moore County, NC Page 153/154
    1790 Census, Moore County, NC Page 153/154
    1791 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #382 - Thomas Ritter
    1791 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #382 - Thomas Ritter
    1791 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #399 - Jesse Bean
    1791 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #399 - Jesse Bean
    1792 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #431 - Jacob Stutts
    1792 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #431 - Jacob Stutts
    1793 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1088 - John Ritter
    1793 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1088 - John Ritter
    1794 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #923 - Thomas Ritter
    1794 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #923 - Thomas Ritter
    1795 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #904 - Jesse Ritter and Neil McLeod
    1795 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #904 - Jesse Ritter and Neil McLeod
    1795 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1113 - Jesse Ritter
    1795 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1113 - Jesse Ritter
    1796 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1112 - Jesse Ritter
    1796 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1112 - Jesse Ritter
    1796 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1094 - Everet Ritter
    1796 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1094 - Everet Ritter
    1796 Will Book A Page 188/189, Moore County, NC - Will of Nicholas Newton [second page]; Will of Jacob Stutts
    1796 Will Book A Page 188/189, Moore County, NC - Will of Nicholas Newton [second page]; Will of Jacob Stutts
    1797 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1440 - John Ritter
    1797 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1440 - John Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #922 - Thomas Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #922 - Thomas Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1195 - Jesse Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1195 - Jesse Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1197 - Jesse Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1197 - Jesse Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2006 - Thomas Ritter
    1798 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2006 - Thomas Ritter
    1800 Census, Moore County, NC Page 50
    1800 Census, Moore County, NC Page 50
    1802 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1921 - Jesse Ritter
    1802 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #1921 - Jesse Ritter
    1805 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #0107 - Jesse Ritter
    1805 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #0107 - Jesse Ritter
    1807/1808 Will Book A Page 171, Moore County, NC - Estate of Jesse Ritter
    1807/1808 Will Book A Page 171, Moore County, NC - Estate of Jesse Ritter
    [Note - no date given on actual Inventory but the date was estimated using the Estates that were listed before and after Jesse Ritters. While these Estates had no date listed either, several of the individuals had accompanying wills that were dated]
    1811 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2167 - Thomas Ritter
    1811 Land Grant, Moore County, NC #2167 - Thomas Ritter
    Map of upper Moore County [South of Robbins] prior to 1780
    Map of upper Moore County [South of Robbins] prior to 1780
    Highlighted tracts include lands owned by the Smith family.
    Map of Ancel Melton land in Moore County, NC between Wet and Dry Creeks
    Map of Ancel Melton land in Moore County, NC between Wet and Dry Creeks
    Higlighted tracts include land granted to Ancel Melton in 1797 and land he purchased from Nathan Smith in 1786. The property was originally granted to Jesse Ritter in 1773. Ancel Melton's son James Melton is buried here. It is likely that a number of Melton family graves once existed here but currently James is the only one remaining.
    Map of Early Ritter Land Grants in Moore County, NC
    Map of Early Ritter Land Grants in Moore County, NC
    Tracts highlighted include Jesse Ritter, Sr. [GREEN], and sons: Thomas [YELLOW], John [LIGHT BLUE], Everett [RED] and Jesse, Jr. [PINK]. Grandsons: William [ORANGE], John R. [DARK BLUE], John T. [BLACK] and George [GRAY].

    Histories
    1777 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    1777 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Duckworth's Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    1778 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    1778 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain Jacob Duckworth's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Duckworth's Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    1783 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain John Hunnicutt's Military Districts only]
    1783 Tax List, Cumberland County, NC [Captain John Cox and Captain John Hunnicutt's Military Districts only]
    Captain Cox and Captain Hunnicutt's[formerly Duckworth] Military District encompass present day upper Moore County [see attached map]. Courtesy of the NC Archives. Map courtesy of the Cumberland County Genealogical Society.
    Beyond Everet Wallace
    Beyond Everet Wallace
    Despite over twenty years of research and close examination, Everet Wallace [c1770-c1845] still remains our genealogical roadblock. There have been many theories, close calls, and pure guesses as to who Everet's father was and where the family originated prior to Everet living in Moore County, NC.

    My belief has always been that Everet was either born in Moore County, NC or moved there at a young age. My grandfather, Mallie Wallace, said his grandfather, Emsley Wallace, told him that Everet was the first Wallace "in the country". Now while we know he was nowhere near the first Wallace in the United States, "in the country" probably meant "around here/upper Moore County. " Two of Everet's children lived until the 1880 Census and both Isham and Franey listed their parents as having been born in NC so I feel pretty confident that Everet was born in NC.

    In this document, you will find some of the most prominent unconfirmed leads that I have been able to find. If you will notice that none of these speculations can be found in my actual family tree as I have no factual evidence regarding their relationship to Everet. These are purely speculative thoughts based on my personal research.
    Wallace DNA Project
    Wallace DNA Project
    The results of numerous Wallace and Ritter DNA tests
    Moore County, NC Y-DNA Project
    Moore County, NC Y-DNA Project
    Results of DNA tests on the following families: Britt, Brown, Caddell, Cagle, Cockman, Furr, Horner, Hunsucker, Maness, McNeill, Melton, Moore, Morgan, Richardson, Ritter, Sanders, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Wallace, and Williams.

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] Moore County, NC FamilyTreeDNA Group Project [http://www.familytreedna.com/public/MooreCountyNC/].
      Numerous descendants of Everet Wallace [c1770-c1845] and Jesse Ritter [c1735-c1807/1808] have been tested at the 37 and 67 marker levels and have shown to be an exact match to each other. Everet Wallace was the progenitor of the Wallaces of Moore County and has proven to be the roadblock for Wallace researchers for the last thirty years. He has been well documented in Moore County, NC from the 1790 Census up until his death around 1845. Several possible theories and leads have come and gone over the years but none have successfully been proven. The same can be said for Jesse Ritter, Sr. among the Ritter family researchers. He can be found in Cumberland County, NC [present day Moore County] as early as 1769 and consistently through his death around 1807/1808. There is no known direct relationship between Everet Wallace and the Jesse Ritter but the DNA results clearly show a close one. According to FamilyTreeDNA, an exact match at the 67 marker level indicates there is a 68% chance that the Wallaces and Ritter share a Most Recent Common Ancestor within 5 generations. Those probabilities greatly increase each additional generation to 82% chance within 6 generations, 90% within 7 generations, 94% within 8 generations and 97% within 9 generations. It is very likely that further back either Everet Wallace's father or grandfather was a Ritter or that Jesse Ritter, Sr.'s father or grandfather was a Wallace. An interesting piece of circumstantial evidence is that Jesse Ritter, Sr. had a son named Everett Ritter [c1760-aft1850]. We have recently upgraded several tests to the 111 marker level to further narrow down the generations between the common male ancestor.