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Benjamin Vanstone (20th Jul 09 at 7:14am UTC)
Here's a thought about Benjamin Vanstone who married Mary Rix in 1734.  We know the first recorded baptism of one of his children was 1740 (Benjamin) but that he almost certainly had an older son John.  There was a mysterious Christopher Vanstone in the area (he married Mary Brock in 1786 with John and Tristram as witnesses) and I suspect that Christopher was another son of Benjamin and Mary, born in the missing years 1734-40.  Four of Benjamin's sons had sons called Christopher.  Given that children were invariably named after other family members (often first grandparents, then parents, then great-grandparents/uncles and aunts), that could be suggestive: Son John named after maternal grandfather, son Benjamin named after father - Christopher named after paternal grandfather?  Meaning that Benjamin, born c.1710, was possibly the son of a Christopher Vanstone. 
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Re: Benjamin Vanstone (8th Oct 09 at 9:49pm UTC)
Random thoughts on the Christopher Vanstone proposition: Christopher would have had to be about 50ish when he married Mary Brock if he was born between 1735 and 1740, although that's not necessarily unlikely. He died at 75. There is a baptism for a Christopher Vanstone 7 Mar 1675 at Buckland Filleigh son of Stephen Vanstone & Mary Graddon with no subsequent marriage or burial in the parish, so it could also be him who married Mary. Are the Broadwoodkelly BTs any help?
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Re: Benjamin Vanstone (12th Oct 09 at 6:47pm UTC)
I think the Christopher, son of Stephen and Mary, born in 1675, could be the father of Benjamin (husband of Mary Rix). It would be nice to think so. But interestingly, there are plenty of Christophers among the sons and grandsons of Benjamin and Mary, but only one Stephen. The Christopher who married Mary Brock could have been married before, hence him being 50 or so when he married her. All we know is that he was 'of Eggbuckland' at the time of his marriage to Mary Brock, so he might have had a first wife there. And could he also be the Christopher Vanstone who fathered the son of Susanna Crwys in 1775 in Winkleigh?
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Re: Benjamin Vanstone (24th Dec 11 at 8:37pm UTC)
Has anyone done paternal DNA testing? If someone descended from Stephen were to do it, I am descended from Benjamin and we could be certain of a link or not. If there is a link, we wouldn't know for sure that his name was Christopher but we would know there is a link.
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Re: Benjamin Vanstone (13th Nov 16 at 2:38pm UTC)
I suppose this thread has gone cold but wondered if anyone else has done DNA testing.

My paternal g-grandfather was a Vanstone descended from Benjamin and Mary Rix (Tristram). My DNA is on Ancestry, FamilyTreeDNA and gedmatch and I match 3 Vanstone descendants, one of whom is from Benjamin's son Benjamin).

My (Big Y) Y-DNA is R1a -> YP441 and if I'm correct that should be common in all male descendants of Benjamin Vanstone. According to the R1a project admin the YP441 subclade has a common ancestor about 300 AD and was believed to have settled in England about the time of the Roman invasion.
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Re: Benjamin Vanstone (18th Aug 17 at 3:07pm UTC)
Yesterday I found a Y-DNA67 match on FTDNA for myself. He is my strongest match to-date, the Y-DNA TiP report says there's a 95% confidence our common ancestor was in the past 8 generations.

His grandfather was William Vanstone (b. 1855 in Ontario Canada). His earliest known Vanstone ancestor is Stephen Vanstone (b. 1600) who married Mary Piper. This is strong evidence of a paternal link between Stephen and Benjamin, possibly g-grandfather?

There aren't yet any other paternal (Y-DNA) testers on FTDNA with Vanstone surname who match us. I'm hoping others will test and that we can use DNA to determine the relationships between the Devon Vanstone ancestors. There's a sophisticated test called "Big Y" that is capable of grouping tests into distinct branches. Y-DNA mutates very slowly, only about once every 4 generations (approx 1 / century).
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Re: Benjamin Vanstone (29th Nov 17 at 3:16pm UTC)
We now have two Vanstone descendants with BigY results on FamilyTreeDNA and a new subclade has been identified but not yet named.

The small difference in our YDNA indicates a most common recent ancestor of 325 years ago. My most oldest known Vanstone relative until now was Benjamin (b. 1710, Dowland), and my DNA match's ancestor was Stephen (b. 1605, Buckland Filleigh).

I've speculatively incorporated Barbara's suggestion of how Benjamin might be connected via Christopher, then to Steven.
https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/47998790/family?cfpid=140167104754&selnode=1
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