Jean Oswall (W5a2b)1

(say 1680 - )
Relationship6th great-grandmother of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     Jean Oswall (W5a2b) was born say 1680 ?Stirling, STI, SCT.1
     Jean Oswall (W5a2b) married George Stevenson say 1700 ?Stirling.1
     Jean Oswall (W5a2b) is likely to be the family matriarch for the families of Margaret Fisher, Margaret McEwan (W) and Margaret Henderson (W5a2). Jean is the earliest identified, however tentatively, maternal ancestor of Margaret McEWAN, wife of Archibald HENDERSON.
A direct maternal line descendant of Margaret's has tested mtDNA and is shown to be haplogroup W5a2, now changed with build 17 of the mtDNA tree Mar 2017 to W5a2b.
Family Tree DNA tell us W originates approximately 25,000 years ago from the N superhaplogroup, which dates to approximately 65,000 years ago. Mainly found distributed in west Eurasia (or Europe).
For those interested in such things, Wikipedia provides articles on both W and the progenitor haplogroup N - which, if you were introduced to the fun of dna by Bryan Sykes' "Seven Daughters of Eve" as I was, is Naomi, but she wasn't one of the original seven, but one of those added to the list with subsequent discoveries.2

External links

     Click here to see Jean's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.3
     Jean Oswall (W5a2b) belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


George Stevenson (say 1680 - )
  • Margaret Stevenson+ (cir. Oct 1703 - ); by naming pattern of known children baptized to John FISHER & Margaret STEVENSON1
ChartsMy pedigree chart
Paternal ancestors of Lorna
Paternal timeline
Last Edited1 Apr 2017


  1. FamilySearch Labs Record Search (LDS) online at, Bap. 5 Oct 1703 Margaret d/o George STEVENSON & Jean OSWALL, St Ninians, Stirling, STI, from Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950 batch C11490-9 film 102131, extracted from index Nov 2012.
  2. FamilyTree DNA, "FamilyTree DNA", mtDNA Full sequence results and matches, rcvd Nov 2012.
  3. WikiTree online at, Nov-12.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.