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Seems to me that Gordon kit #5320 (shown below) could be a “missing link” between the Gordons and Carters (and therefore all of us). I’m copying this to the Gordon group admins, perhaps they can connect us to the person behind kit #5320, or perhaps they have some thoughts on this possible connection.
If you can’t see the screenshot below, then checkout http://www.familytreedna.com/public/gordondna/default.aspx?section=ycolorized and search for “Jacob Carter” (our YDNA reference match). Seems to me this is a strong clue as to us coming from the same ancestor as these haplo-I1 Gordons. There are dozens of near-perfect matches in this group with our YDNA signature (ASSUMING THAT OUR DYS447 ‘MUTATED’ FROM 22 TO 21). Notice that the member with kit #5320 has Jacob Carter’s same anomalies (colored), if DYS447 is not considered.