This INDEX section consists of the nominal indices relating to four Titus lines. The largest is the line of Robert Titus who arrived in America from England with his wife, Hannah, and two children in 1635. Y DNA tests done on descendants of this line place the line in genetic haplogroup R1b1a2.
The second is the Dutch line, descended from Titus Syrach de Vries. Y DNA tests done on several of the descendants of Titus Syrach de Vries have determined that the genetic line haplogroup is I1
The third is the German line, which, up until 2017 had not been Y DNA tested. However, on May 8, 2017 a subject of this line was tested and it was determined that the so-called German line had the same genetic origin as the Dutch line. The most recent common ancestor (MRCA) of the two lines lived in Europe, before representatives of the lines emigrated to the United States,
The last is a New Brunswick Titus line that had yet to be connected to any of the other lines. However, on January 15, 2018 a representative of the line was Y DNA tested and it was found that the line had the same DNA as the English line of Robert Titus. The next objective is to determine to which of the four sons of Robert lines the testee belongs.
In total, the lists have over 186,000 names. The main databases in which these names are to be found will not be included because of the confidentiality factor. However, the lists should provide Titus researchers enough information to see whether or not their families are connected to one of the known databases.
The nominal index consist of six columns: the last name, the first name with initial(s), the named person’s relationship within the family (h/o means “husband of”, w/o means “wife of”, s/o means “son of”, d/o means “daughter of”, and c/o means “child of”), the generation number (in other words, the number of generations the person listed is descended from the first of the line in America), the file number where the person can be found in my main database, and finally the Titus line (New Brunswick, Dutch, German, or American).
Instructions on using the features of the data tables can be found here.
New Brunswick Line
One of the unsolved mysteries of the Titus family of North America is which part of the English Titus lines the ancestry of John Titus belongs. All that is known is that he arrived in New Brunswick around 1771 from New York and settled on a land grant at Washademoak, Queens Co., NB along with a Benjamin and a Silas Titus, who also originated in New York. Church of Latter Day Saints records state that John was the son of a John and Elizabeth Titus, but no source of this data is given except that it was submitted by Kay Beal of 1482 W. Hanks Circle, Farmington, VT, 84025. “Loyalist Families” indicates that John Titus originated in New Jersey.
Robert Titus arrived in the new world in 1635 from London, along with his wife and two children. Three other sons were born in the United States. His genealogy is reasonably well documented, but there are large gaps in the lineages of two of his sons, Abiel and Content.
Benjamin, according to “Land Grants of Loyalists” published by the New Brunswick Department of Transportation, received land at Westfield, Kings Co., NB. (Ononette). He received a subsequent grant in Upper Canada (Ontario) and no further record of him can be found as he probably died before the 1851 Canadian census was taken. Census records do, however, include Titus families living in Prince Edward County, Ontario which could be his descendants, as they are listed as having originated in New Brunswick. Further research is necessary. No further reference to any Silas Titus has been found in New Brunswick references.
Titus Syrach De Vries, the sire of the North American Dutch line, was born in Holland and died in 1688 at Flatbush, Kings Co., NY. He was a Lieutenant in an infantry Company at Midwont (Flatbush, NY) in 1673. According to the “History of Bucks County” by William W. H. Davis (1905), p. 437 “The pioneer ancestor of the Titus family was Titus Syrachs de Vries, who emigrated from Vries, a village of Drenthe, Holland about 1650, and settled on Long Island, living at different periods at Brooklyn, Flatlands and New Utrecht, and owning considerable land.”
He married Jannetji Teunis (Janette) Nyssen, daughter of Teunis Nyssen and Femmetje (Jans), in 1662 at Flatbush, Kings Co., NY. She was born on Mar. 29, 1648 at Heenstede, Netherlands. Her parents had emigrated from Heemstede, North Holland in 1651. Titus De Vries probably descends from the noble DeVries family of Holland.
There has been some conjecture as to why Titus Syrach De Vries changed his surname to Titus. One possibility was explained rather undelicately by Frank H. Titus, author of The Genealogy of the Dutch Family Titus, when he said: “Probably the change of name was the first nature of protective imitation as practised by various forms of animated creatures lower than the humans: Dutch blood was probably not as highly esteemed just after the land had passed from Dutch to English control as it is in our day, and the Britons have never been specially noted for tender consideration of the susceptibilities of those unwise enough to have been born under others’ skies.” However, a more likely alternative was put forward by Clarence Edwin Titus in his pamphlet, “A Titus Genealogy, The Direct Line of Descent of Titus Syrachs De Vries,” when he writes “Under English rule in America it became compulsory to take a permanent surname. Since the Dutch traditionally used the patronymic naming system (identification by the father’s given name), the children and descendants of Titus and Jannetje adopted and kept the surname Titus.”
Peter Tituswas born in 1715 and emigrated from Germany with his three brothers and settled on Staten Island, New York City, NY before 1768 (William B. Moore record says 1739). He moved to Carlisle, Cumberland Co., PA a few years later. He married Mary Williams either before leaving Germany or soon after (William B. Moore says 1742).
His son, Jonathan, is said to have been the founder of Titusville, Crawford Co., PA.
United States Line
This nominal index lists the names of over 128,000 descendants of Robert Titus who emigrated from England to Weymouth, MA in 1635. For the generation number, Robert is number one.