Sub-Saharan ancestry

My DNA service provider has just advised me that a small piece of my DNA, less than 0.1% is of Sub-Saharan origin.  Otherwise, my DNA is 99.9% European.

It so happens that I have a very good family history. In 1721 my ancestor André ‘Jean-Baptiste’ Garon was born in Martinique. His mother was Marie-Jeanne ‘Geneviève’ Peintier, daughter to André Peintier from Larochelle and Marie Nosset, possibly an African woman. If we hypothesize that Geneviève was of 50-50 Euro-African origin, after 9 generations I can expect to have 0.0977% African DNA. The provider is spot on!

9 generations ago almost all of my ancestors were already in Quebec and not exposed to Sub-Saharan DNA. My mother has zero sub-saharan.

Clearly, the unconscious internet collective has the data to know more about parts of us than we do. I”m happy to know of my Créole root. Hello Marie Nosset.

That means that the first Canadian Garon, the sea surgeon in 1743, was 1/4 African: Garon-Fraisse, Peintier-Nosset. Somewhat less than a quarter of Marie Nosset’s genome is to be found spread out in present day Garon-related people of Quebec. Her genome should be spread across all chromosomes. I have a small single snippet on chromosome 2.

One day, I’ll be able to put a more specific locality to Marie Nosset’s origin in Africa. I assume our collective african DNA can do that.

Luce Jean Haffner hinted at this. Well done Holmes!

She wrote about Jean-Baptiste:

Le seul enfant créole de sexe masculin issu de l’alliance Garon-Peintier (page 51).