This just in… Uncle Denny Ray Adkins’ (my dad’s brother) Y-DNA Test came back today and we are… beyond any shadow of a doubt… 12a – 33 markers descended from F Wm V Adkins 1689VA so if you’re related to me… you’re related to William V. Woo… hoo… Woo… hoo… big circles… big circles. This removes any doubt. Well, I never doubted it for a minute myself; I just had to prove it to the world!!!
You can check for yourself here; use the scroll down box to William V Adkins: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/adkins/default.aspx?section=yresults
My Lineage:: Father: Willie Louis Adkins; son of Kelley B Lewis Adkins; son of Jasper Newton Adkins; son of Lewis Adkins; son of Absalom Apperson “Apps” Adkins; son of Thomas Adkins; son of Jessee Adkins; son of William Vincent Adkins; son of William V Adkins 1689 VA.
More about 12a DNA
12a: You belong to the Stonemasons, haplogroup I, which is about 30,000 years old. The Stonemasons are best known for crafting pointed stone blades, known as Gravette Points, to hunt bison, horse, reindeer and mammoths.
Stone played both a functional and religious role for the Stonemasons, who crafted voluptuous Venus figurines, possibly out of steatite, calcite, limestone or other soft stone. Although the exact significance of the figurines is not known, they may represent fertility or the Earth Mother goddess, a concept which prevails in many cultural mythologies. The Stonemasons could have regarded the Earth Mother as a symbol of security or as a deity who enabled plentiful harvests and numerous offspring.
The Ice Age probably shaped the story of the Stonemasons. An ice shelf formed during the final stages of the Ice Age moved as far as southern Ireland, mid England and northern Germany, covering all of Scandinavia, where the Stonemasons lived. Northern Spain and continental Europe were covered in tundra during these climatic shifts. As the Stonemasons moved their homes south to hunt game below the tree line, they settled primarily in the Balkans, southern France, Iberia (present day Spain and Portugal) and Italy. As they migrated, The Stonemasons played a possible role in developing the distinct difference in the languages of eastern and eestern Europe. When the Ice Age ended, many of the Stonemasons returned to their northern homes and repopulated Scandinavia, Iceland and northwest Europe. Some of the Stonemasons may have taken refuge in the Balkans and Dinaric Alps during the worst of the Ice Age, and expanded the population from that geographic point. Based on your DNA test it is possible that your ancestors were part of this group, as you also belong to one of the Stonemason subgroups, haplogroup I2a. This group is most often found in populations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also in the north Balkans, Slavic populations and the eastern Ukraine.
Sixth century descriptions of the Slavs portray them as a somewhat nomadic, democratic society. Although it’s likely they believed in many gods, one description tells of them worshipping the highest god of their pantheon in a monotheistic style. Although a beneficent presence, Perun is often portrayed carrying an ax, exacting justice upon evil. Bosniak folklore is rich and creative. A prank-playing trickster and a courageous hero acting for the greater good of the people are two common themes in the culture’s myths. Many south Slavic and Bosniak cultures practiced a patronymic naming tradition, meaning part of the surname usually translated to “son of”. Thus, some Bosniak names still end in “ic” or “ovic”.