For those of us working the genealogy of Orphan George Hodgson, the two biggest questions center on his parentage – and both cases could be determined by DNA test results if we obtain samples from those two other lines.
The first would require a male descendant from Robert Hodgson (born 1666 in Lamplugh, Cumbria, and married Sarah Nicholson in 1701 in Lurgan, Ireland). I believe his brother, George, born in 1668, is Orphan George’s father, but my case is circumstantial. Thus, if our DNA matches up with the other line, we have support for this connection. A mismatch, though, would undermine my contention. And mismatches are possible if there were any extramarital affairs.
The second DNA search would require a male descendant from Robert Hodgson and Sarah Borden of Pleasant Garden, Pennsylvania. In this case, we would finally know if we have a blood connection to that line. So far, contrary to claims by many, I’ve found no evidence of kinship, yet there are tantalizing bits suggesting some kind of influence.
Ideally, we would need at least two DNA donors for each case, simply because there is no guarantee a surname actually matches the true father, if we can believe historians.
Anyone want to locate descendants from these other lines and then extend our request/invitation?