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Third Cousin Once Removed – Tyler Clark Burke: Status – No Progress

Proposed Cousin relationship = 3rd cousin removed 1 time(s)
Estimated average number of generations to the common ancestor based on Autosomal values: 3.9

March 23, 2011 someone contacted me who picked me out of GEDmatch as a possible relative.

It would appear that we are related as

Her great great great grandfather
My great great grandfather

She and Merle, Brian and I would be 3rd cousins once removed. Jon, Andrew, David, Sara, Christy, Sam, Beckie and Rosalind would be 4th cousins.

I believe that the common ancestor would be Frank’s grandfather, probably born around 1825.

Who is she?

She is 37 and heavily into the arts. In fact, wait for it, she was artist in residence the Drake Hotel in Toronto. Her name is Tyler Clark Burke.

David, Andrew, and Angella have probably been tripping all over each other at events in Toronto, sitting at the next table, staring at the same Nuit Blanche work, perhaps even David’s.

She grew up in Winnipeg, moved to Toronto, went to the University of Guelph. Her father is a professor in the film department at Queen’s University, an expert on Federico Fellini who autographed some things for Tyler, including his phone number.

If you are interested in more information you can check her out at: There is a long 2004 article on her in the Toronto Star which is linked from this page.

Tyler has extensive family tree information going back to Ireland and southern Italy. Her father was born in New York. At the moment she is unaware of any orphan connection.

My tentative assessment is that our common ancestor was more likely to be Italian than Irish. Our male Y-DNA haplogroup E1b1b1c1a is a relatively small group with limited distribution beyond the Mediterranean basin until into the increased migration in the mid-1800s made possible by steam powered ships. Even further, that haplogroup has strong Italian pockets in Sicily, Sardinia, southern Italy near Naples which is where the Martocci family apparently sailed to New York from. The Martocci family apparently came from Laurenzana which is in mountainous mainland terrain 160 km ESE from Naples.

That Italian connection is through her mother. We could confirm that if she could persuade her father to have his DNA analyzed. I haven’t yet explored the possibility of a direct male descendant on her mother’s side having his DNA analyzed. We would be looking for the Y-chromosome E1b1b1c1a. As a woman, she wouldn’t have that.

Until we have located an E1b1b1c1a carrier, there is the possibility that the DNA connection is through either my mother or grandmother. Since my mother came from Manchester and my grandmother from Glasgow, it is unlikely but possible. There is also the possibility of a female only link of some kind. Tyler and us can share a lot of DNA without direct sharing of haplogroups. I wish it were simpler but there it is.

I must stress that these conclusions are not fully proven as they are based on our preliminary DNA comparisons but the evidence would appear to be very strong. There is clearly enough shared DNA material to suggest that we are 3rd cousins once removed.

We’ve had a half dozen email exchanges and will have more. Regardless of how this turns out, she seems like a very warm, smart individual who would get along well with this family.

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Known/Unknown — Birth, Life & Death Details from Public Record & Best Guesses

We have only one incontrovertible piece of information about Frank and about his father and his grandfather.  They all have the same relatively rare male Y-chromosome (E1b1b1c1a, Y-M84, L117) as had his three sons, and have his nine grandsons and more than eight great grandsons.  Virtually no other McCallum male can have that Y-chromosome.

Generally, no other substantiated information exists for Frank prior to his first Saskatchewan land acquisition in 1910 when he would have been about 19 or 21 years old.  No birth certificate, orphan or adoption related documents have been found yet.

From his Military Attestation Val Cartier, Quebec, Canada September 1914

  • Birth: Detroit, 27 October 1891 (Unsubstantiated.  He may have been born in 1889 or on some other DMY.)
  • Apparent age: 23 yrs 10 months
  • Height: 5′ 3 1/2″
  • Eye Colour: Blue
  • Hair Colour: Brown
  • Skin: Medium
  • Girth: 37 1/2″ Expansion: 4″
  • Discharge certificate: 13266 June 15, 1919

Optional Places of Birth, Early Life, Orphanage, Adoption, “Boarding” as farm laborer:

The options are:

Option 1: From Frank’s son, Jim:
Frank was born on board a ship as his family migrated to America.

Option 2: Detroit/Wayne County, Michigan — From Frank’s Canadian WWI Military Attestation & his application for Saskatchewan land in 1927.  No other documentation exists.

Option 3: Based on DNA cousin and other records.

  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Saginaw & Millington, Michigan and area  (Marginal Addendum to Military Attestation listed Miss Clara Trywitz  (sp?), 277 Winter street, Saginaw, Michigan.  A Clara Lugiewicz (later Clara Midcalf) lived at that location.)
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Pocahontas County,  Sherman Township (Havelock), Iowa (see 1900 Census item 13, Stover farm boarder )

The Benolkins: Additional information relevant to placing Frank in the mid-West

In 1901 (+/- 1 year) Frank connected with the Benolkin family emigrating from Beardsley, Big Stone County, Minnesota to Dundurn, Saskatchewan where they acquired land and where Frank lived and worked for a number of years until he acquired land at Hanley, some 20 miles away.  They remained friends for life.  No one knows how or where it was on their respective journeys that they met and joined up.  However, Beardsley is 260 miles NNW from Havelock, Iowa and virtually on a straight line to Dundurn, Saskatchewan.

Benolkin in Minnesota Census  Big Stone County

Death: Apr. 19, 1955
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Homesteader at Vanscoy, Sask., 1911-14; served overseas WWI; farmed at Hanley, Sask., following the war. Married and had children and grandchildren.
Woodlawn Cemetery Plot: M-L031
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
Find A Grave Memorial# 54670693

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