|DNA Tests Confirm Relationship
Between Renners and Runners
|According to the results from the DNA testing as part of the
Jacob Renner and
Adam Runner Jr were related.
The test subjects were myself (from the Jacob Renner line) and a descendant of
Adam Runner Jr, son of Adam Renner/Runner of Montgomery/Wythe County, VA. I
will be adding more information on Adam Sr to this site a little later.
The Renner and Runner lines match exactly on 24 of 25 tested markers. The lone
mismatch is on one of the demonstrated faster-changing markers, a situation
we've seen several times in the Baker DNA Study, usually between lines where
the common ancestor is in the 1700s, as is the case here. The DNA sequence is
also, so far, very rare. These two tested lines match each other but no one
else in the entire FTNDA database.
While the tests can't prove Jacob and Adam Jr were brothers, the combination of
the tests showing the relationship and the preponderance of
historical/genealogical evidence would seem to make a very strong case for that
conclusion. I'll not go into all the details at this time (I'll add them
later)here is briefly an overview of some of the data:
1. The DNA tests show a relationship between Jacob Renner of Rockcastle County,
KY, and Adam Runner Jr of Warren County, KY, son of Adam Renner/Runner of
Montgomery/Wythe County, VA.
2. The ages of Jacob and Adam Jr, and the known daughters of Adam Sr, are such
that they could be siblings.
3. According to court documents from Wythe, Adam Sr had a son named Jacob,
presumably the Jacob who is in the Wythe County tax lists near Adam.
4. Jacob's children were born in VA.
5. Southwest VA was a common place of origin for area families. For example,
the Otts and Fredericks, who settled in Rockcastle, and the Meeces of Pulaski,
moved to KY from Wythe. The former were neigbors of the Renner-Runners in
6. Almost all of Adam Sr's known children moved to KY after 1800. It looks as
if at least one, perhaps two, of Adam's daughters were in Rockcastle in 1810
before moving on to Warren.
7. There is nothing that has come to light that contradicts Jacob being the son
of Adam, including the name differences. Both families, in VA and then in KY,
were variously called Renner and/or Runner.