December 2022: Haplogroup R-FT198778 may represent the common ancestor of a group of Big Y700 testers at who have identified their possible common ancestor as Michael Rutledge who lived in Baltimore County, Maryland as early as 1690.

The graphic below shows the group of testers in this section of the block tree as of Dec 2022. The Rutledge/Routledge surname projects at is searching for a BigY-700 DNA tester that may break up the 3 private variants which will strengthen the group's paternal lineage.