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Charsley Family
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Earliest birth yearJohanne Chelesey ‎(I2623)‎
Birth about 1280
Death Yes
Latest birth yearThis information is private and cannot be shown.
Earliest death yearWilliam Chaddesley ‎(I2701)‎
Death 1375 Merton, Surrey, England
Latest death year Eileen Winifred A Grove ‎(I1849)‎
Birth 5 November 1931 Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Death 16 July 2015 ‎(Age 83)‎ Haselmere, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Person who lived the longest
Ethel Louise Peacock ‎(I3904)‎
Birth 20 April 1899
Death January 2000 ‎(Age 100)‎ Surrey South Eastern, Surrey, England, United Kingdom
Average age at death
Males: 48   Females: 51
Family with the most children
Alfred John Cheesley + Amy Tranter ‎(F2378)‎
Marriage 1904 Bristol, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
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DNA Update
13 January 2016 - 10:22:23am

Since Christmas I have started to make some progress on the DNA front. One of my 4th Cousins, Barron Charsley, has agreed to take a test, and his test kit is on its way. If he matches me, we will have verified my research back to William Charsley, born 1778! Also a member of the other large Charsley family has agreed to take a test, so hopefully we will be able to decide whether the families are related. Looking in another direction, I will be having further DNA testing to look more deeply into distant ancestry, which could confirm which wave of invaders my ancestors came with ‎(it is looking like the Saxons at the moment!)‎ If any of you are interested in more details of this work please contact me. I am not an expert, but can point you towards some very interesting technical articles on the internet.
First Update of 2016
13 January 2016 - 10:22:05am

Another embarrassing result, as my first update of 2015 was also my last! Hopefully I will do better this year, as this update has gone up on New Year’s Day.
2015 was not a year of great progress, slow and steady describes it better. The main reason has been that I have put effort into DNA testing! You will see from other news items that I have had my own test results, and I have now found a second volunteer to take the test, who is my 4th cousin once removed, so this should prove our relationship back to William Charsley born 1778!

The results of the last 2 years of work can be seen in the table below, where Total Trees counts trees of one or more persons, whereas the next line excludes single unlinked people. There are 283 more people in the database, and many of them have joined an existing tree. Since some duplicates have also been removed the number of new people will be more like 300.
The next lines indicate the numbers of related people in each of the 8 largest trees.

--------------------------December----February-------December ----January---January---January
Total Individuals------7500-----------7668------------8136----------8150--------8210--------8433
Total Trees ------------1838----------1896-------------2066---------1989---------2010--------2076
Trees over 1 person--1131----------1147-------------1246---------1209---------1206--------1241
Charsley ‎‎‎(Bucks)‎‎‎-------912------------913-------------933------------962-----------969--------984
Charsley ‎‎‎(Middx)‎‎‎-------603------------603-------------624------------634-----------645--------675
Cheesley ‎‎‎(Surrey)‎‎‎------366------------366-------------366------------370-----------375--------381
Cheesley ‎‎‎(Wilts)‎‎‎--------202------------168-------------168------------271-----------273--------295
Cheasley ‎‎‎(Middx)‎‎‎-------217------------217-------------273------------302-----------302--------305
Cheesley ‎‎‎(Wilts 2)‎‎‎------161------------144-------------144------------186-----------186--------217
Cheasley ‎‎‎(Middx 2)‎‎‎-----135------------112-------------118------------117-----------117--------117
Cheasley ‎‎‎(N London)‎‎‎------------------------------------111------------112-----------112---------112

The 8 largest trees include all those with more than 100 individuals, and all of the 6 largest have grown during the last 2 years. The next 10 trees with between 29 and 83 people in them, I have not been so lucky with. They are almost all Cheasley or Cheesley, but there are 2 unlinked Charsley trees ‎‎‎(30 and 29 members)‎‎‎ and both are in South Africa! I will continue trying to link more trees, and so am always on the lookout for new historical sources. It is possible that the DNA studies might help in this, but it depends on volunteers coming forward to take DNA tests.
If any of you find anything that might help, please let me know!
Phil Charsley
DNA Test Results
13 January 2016 - 10:21:26am

I received the results of my DNA test recently, and am now trying to understand what can be deduced from them. I belong to the G-U1 Haplogroup, which is quite a small, rare set of people. There is a project set up to analyse the results of the people in this group, and I have joined the project. Some 500 people who have tested are in the Haplogroup, but my analysis puts me in a sub-group of only about 100, whose deep ancestry comes from North-western Europe some 3000 years ago. More specifically I have a mutation which arose in England between 900 and 1100 years ago, and this is shared by only 16 people who have tested, 8 of whom have the surname Bentley, and have a common ancestor who lived in Bedfordshire in the 17th Century. More interestingly I share the mutation with one person named Chorley, and one named Charnley. It will be interesting to find out whether I share this marker with other people named Charsley, and with any named Cheasley or Cheesley! Most of the 16 people are estimated to share an ancestor between 400 and 800 years ago, and it is not surprising that they do not share a surname, as most surnames were adopted about 500 years ago!
I am trying to find out whether the mutation occurred before 1066, and can be closed down to Viking or Saxon ancestry, or of course the Celts, but it is likely to rule out the Norman French! I am told it is not likely to be Viking, as there are very few of the G-U1 Haplogroup in Scandinavia. The problem with so few results is that nothing is very certain.
Now for some recruitment! It would be very helpful if another member of my extended family would volunteer, preferably someone a good genetic distance from me, to confirm that my genes are representative of the line. Also I am looking for 2 volunteers from the Buckinghamshire Charsley line. After that, it would be good to get some Cheasley and Cheesley volunteers, to check whether we are all related. Volunteers must be able to raise the £80 for a test, as I have no funds to subsidise testing. That may come later, when we have built up a head of steam, but for the moment it needs to be self-funding. The sample must be from a male, as it is the Y chromosome that is tested, and it would be clearly helpful to be reasonably confident of his paternity! If you are interested in testing, please let me know, as I can buy the discounted test kit via the Guild of One Name Studies.
Announcing the Charsley DNA Project for the surnames Charsley, Cheasley, and Cheesley.
13 January 2016 - 10:18:23am

We encourage you to join today!

I am excited to announce that the Charsley DNA Project has been established at Family Tree DNA, and it is ready for participants to join and order a test kit.

I have ordered my test kit to represent my family tree. Ideally, our goal is to have two distant direct line males test for each family tree. I will put information about the main family trees on my website soon ‎(‎

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a Charsley or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, please find a direct line male to participate, to represent your tree.

We encourage males to order a Y DNA test for 37 markers, if possible. If you order fewer markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more.

As our project grows, we will have many exciting discoveries.

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your research of your family tree. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the origin and evolution of our surnames.

The goals of the project are:
* Discover information to help with our family history research
* Discover which family trees are related
* Discover information to help with brick walls
* Confirm surname variants
* Validate family history research
* Get on file a DNA sample for trees at risk of extinction of the male line
* Discover information about our distant origins

The test is a harmless genealogy test of locations on the Y chromosome, called markers, which are passed from father to son, typically unchanged. The test result is a string of numbers, and contains no personal information. You will be an exact or close match to those men to whom you are related. By also testing a distant direct line male in your family tree, if possible, you will validate the family tree research to the common ancestor shared by both men who test. In addition, the test result will tell you about your distant origins.

We have also established a General Fund, to accept donations in any currency via credit card. These funds will be held at the testing company, and used to help sponsor test kits for key males who are unable financially to participate. We encourage you to make a donation. Click on the link below to visit the project web site, and then click "Contribute to the Project General Fund" on the left to make a donation. If you decide to donate, please specify "Charsley Project General Fund" in the top box of the Donation form.

Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. You would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Plus test.

We encourage you to join us in our discoveries. The cost of a test kit is currently £80 if ordered via the Guild of One Name Studies, but is more expensive if ordered from Family Tree DNA. If you are interested in participating, please contact me directly by email.

Phil Charsley
First Update of 2015
2 March 2015 - 9:30:13pm

Again I only managed one update last year, so I must try harder this year. I have tried to keep up with new entries on Ancestry, and have also concentrated on the census entries, searching for all those strange spellings and even stranger transcriptions! Fortunately several other people have been there before me, and have entered what Ancestry calls "alternate" spellings. This exercise has allowed me to find quite a few families that had eluded me before.
I am not going to give a lot of statistics, because I am now starting on my next challenge, a DNA study - watch this space!
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Chadsey, Samuel Samuel29 July 1725291Burial 
Charsley, Edward
Taylor, Agnes
Edward29 July 1613403Marriage 
Charsley, Ernest Henry
Brooking, Elizabeth Stocker
Ernest Henry29 July 1905111Marriage 
Charsley, Frederick Victor Frederick Victor29 July 1908108Birth 
Chaseley, William William29 July 1798218Birth 
Cheasley, Hannah Sarah Hannah Sarah29 July 1849167Baptism 
Cheasley, Walter Wellesley Walter Wellesley29 July 1908108Death 
Cheasley, William William29 July 1839177Birth 
Cheeseley, William William29 July 1770246Baptism 
Cheesley, Douglas Newton Douglas Newton29 July 198432Death 
Cheesley, Nola Joy Nola Joy29 July 194670Death 
Cheesley, Nola Joy Nola Joy29 July 194670Birth 
Cheesly, Lidia Lidia29 July 1739277Burial 
Coleman, Ann Ann29 July 1843173Burial 
Lock, John
Chisley, Anne
John29 July 1683333Marriage 
Newton, Gladys Irene May Gladys Irene May29 July 199125Death 
Row, John William
Charsley, Lydia Florence
John William29 July 1905111Marriage 

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