Thursday, October 1, 2015

Adventures in Genetic Genealogy, Five Years In

Five years ago, in 2010,  I  obtained and submitted my first DNA test to 23andMe. In 2012, I uploaded my raw autosomal DNA data to Family Tree DNA.  And in 2014, I tested with AncestryDNA.

I now have results from all three companies, and have uploaded data to

On 23andMe I currently have about 2200 matches.  About 800 have responded to my invitation to share since 2010, but I have only been able to find common ancestors with about 80 of them. Many have no idea of their ancestry (some are adopted), and/or don't have have a family tree available to share.

On Family Tree DNA, I currently have about 1500 matches. Even with the family trees available on the website, I have only been able to find common ancestors with about 30 of my matches.

At AncestryDNA, I now have a staggering 8,700 matches!! Most do not have family trees available, and there is no chromosome browser on AncestryDNA, so I will likely never know exactly how I'm related to them.  I have established common ancestors with 650 of my 8,700 matches, but I'm in contact with only a few, and in most cases I don't know where we share on the chromosomes--unless they have uploaded their data to Gedmatch.

Even with this slim success, I've found out some pretty amazing stuff!

--First off,  according to all three testing companies, I have NO Native American ancestry through my paternal grandmother MINTTIE MAY BRUTON. Neither does my brother. Or anyone else with the WHITECOTTON or BRUTON surname who has tested so far.

--Through DNA testing, I was finally able to find out what happened to my paternal great grandfather PHILLIP LUTHER HUBER, who disappeared from his wife & children in Iowa in 1882, and was presumed dead.  Even my grandfather never knew what really happened to his father.

PHILLIP LUTHER HUBER actually ran off, ended up in Nashville, Tennessee;  married a much younger woman, IDA HALE, in 1891 and had a second family.  I now have several DNA matches with descendants of this second family. What is especially great about this is that through these matches I am now able to delineate exactly what parts of my DNA were passed down from PHILLIP LUTHER HUBER, and on which chromosome. This is because PHILLIP LUTHER HUBER is the only "most recent common ancestor" that I share with these descendants of PHILLIP LUTHER HUBER & IDA HALE.  Here is a link to a recent blogpost that I wrote about chromosome mapping.

--My FRAZIER ancestors win the prize for providing me with the most DNA matches! I now have 49 verified DNA matches to descendants of my colonial Quaker FRAZIER family; of these 49 matches, 38  are descendants of  my great x 5 grandfather THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER b 1725,  through these sons:

SAMUEL FRAZIER Sr b April 10, 1749 NC, died 1839 Knox Co TN; married REBECCA JULIAN
GEORGE FRAZIER b 1751 NC; died Feb 1835 Randolph Co NC; married JANE GRIMES
THOMAS FRAZIER Jr b 1753 NC, died April 2, 1845 Greene Co TN: married SARAH JOHNSON
FRANCIS H  FRAZIER b 1759 NC; died 1830 Randolph Co IN; married ELIZABETH STANLEY
JAMES FRAZIER b 1769 NC; died 1832 Randolph Co IN; married SUSANNA STANLEY

One DNA match, on the same chromosomes as the above, is to a descendant of a likely daughter,  ELIZABETH FRAZIER REYNOLDS.

None of the above matches appear to be through the family of MARY PUGH,  the wife of THOMAS  (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER.  In other words, no PUGH descendants match on the same chromosomes as the 49 FRAZIER descendants.

Nine of the 49 verified FRAZIER matches are through descendants of my great x 3 grandparents, HENRY FRAZER & MARY POLLY OTWELL of Guilford Co North Carolina, Randolph Co Indiana and Henry Co Iowa.

Two of the 49 verified FRAZIER matches are through descendants of my great x 2 grandparents, ELI BRANSON FRAZIER & NANCY VAN ARSDALE of Guilford Co North Carolina, Boone Co Indiana, and Bangor, Marshall Co Iowa.

I also have several matches to descendants of the Quaker AARON FRAZIER of Guilford County North Carolina, son of ALEXANDER FRAZIER & SARAH COPPOCK, also Quakers, of Chester Co Pennsylvania. At this point, I have no idea how the two FRAZIER families interconnect.

--Because of the large number of matches that  I have accumulated, I am now able to do a little "data mining". Certain families & surnames keep popping up in my matches, and make me suspect that I am likely a descendant.   This doesn't work well with common surnames such as SMITH, JONES or JOHNSON, but  I'm beginning to have some success with more uncommon names.

Here are my "most likely suspects",  so far:

PATRICK HENNESSEE Sr b 1745 Ireland, of Burke Co North Carolina; he & his son JOHN HENNESSEE owned land next door to my great x 4 grandfather ISAAC THOMAS THOMPSON; I suspect that ISAAC married one of PATRICK's daughters, as I have several matches to PATRICK's  & JOHN's descendants.

McKINNEY of Burke Co North Carolina

HIGHTOWER of Richmond Co Virginia, Pittsylvania Co Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi

HINES/HINDS, possibly of Surry Co Virginia

LEATHERWOOD of Maryland & Burke Co North Carolina

HUNNICUTT of Surry Co Virginia (where my BRUTON family lived beginning in 1639)

PRATT  of Weymouth, Norfolk Co Massachusetts (ancestors of RELIANCE PRATT HOVEY who married DANIEL BOLTON Sr in Lincoln Co Maine, which gives credence to my theory that they were the parents of my great x 3 grandfather, DANIEL BOLTON b 1794 of Windham, Maine, who married THANKFUL MORTON)

--AncestryDNA has bestowed upon me three different sets of "New Ancestor Discoveries", i.e. people who from their analysis of my DNA are likely to be my ancestors. So far all of these NADs have been incorrect, with absolutely no connection to my tree.  Part of the problem is that all the people they have bestowed upon me have been born in the 1800s.  My family tree is complete & well documented back five generations, and in many cases back to immigration to the American colonies in the 1600s.  Several lines go back even further, with good documentation.  So I am not missing anyone born in the 1800s.

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2015

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Children of ROBERT SCOTT b 1750 & wife GRACE of Pulaski Co Kentucky and Fayette Co Indiana

So to continue the story of ROBERT SCOTT & his wife GRACE, here are their known children & grandchildren, as per census & other records. Some are still speculative.

--JAMES SCOTT (speculative) born about 1778, married JANE unknown; died May 1836 Lincoln Co Tennessee. His will dated March 24, 1836 Lincoln Co Tennessee names wife JANE, children ELIZABETH JOBE,  ISABELLA TURLEY,  MARY FERGUESON,  ROSETTA McDONALD, NANCY MITCHELL,  RACHEL SCOTT,  JOHN SCOTT,  WILLIAM SCOTT.

--THOMAS SCOTT Sr born about 1780, died 1849 Scott Spring, Greene Co Missouri; married ELIZABETH JONES March 3, 1802 Pulaski Co Kentucky. Lived Pulaski Co Kentucky until 1808; Rutherford Co Tennessee 1810; Lincoln Co Tennessee 1820; McNairy Co Tennessee 1830-1845; Greene Co Missouri 1845-1849. Children as per " A Reminiscent History of the Ozark Region" by Goodspeed:

  • THOMAS SCOTT Jr born 1803 Pulaski Co Kentucky; died before 1840 McNairy Co Tennessee; married unknown; one son migrated to Missouri?
  • ELIZABETH BETSY ANN SCOTT born 1804 Pulaski Co Kentucky, no further info
  • MARGARET ANN SCOTT born 1805 Pulaski Co Kentucky, no further info
  • JAMES SCOTT born June 23, 1807 Pulaski Co Kentucky or Tennessee; m SARAH WILLIAMS about 1828 McNairy Co Tennessee; died Jan 16, 1897 Adamsville, McNairy Co Tennessee. Living next door to THOMAS SCOTT Sr in 1830 and 1840 McNairy Co Tennessee census.
  • WILLIAM WARD SCOTT born Dec 21, 1809 Memphis, Shelby Co Tennessee (birthplace unverified), married 1st) FRANCES SLATE, 2nd) MARY JANE HAGUE; lived Taney Co Missouri 1850; Carroll Co Arkansas 1860; Christian Co Missouri 1870 to 1894, when he died. 
  • LAVINA SCOTT born 1815 Rutherford Co Tennessee; married THOMAS BRUTON 1838 in McNairy Co Tennessee; lived McNairy Co Tennessee 1840; Finley, Greene Co Missouri 1850; Christian Co Missouri 1860-1880. Died Nov 29, 1880, Sparta, Christian Co Missouri.
  • DICA DICEY ANN SCOTT born 1816 Rutherford Co Tennessee, no further info
  • LUCINDA SCOTT born 1817 Rutherford Co Tennessee, married Rev ABRAHAM B JONES Nov 1, 1838 McNairy Co Tennessee; lived McNairy Co Tennessee until her death sometime after 1880. They lived next door to THOMAS SCOTT Sr in 1840 McNairy Co Tennessee census.

--JOHN SCOTT born about 1785 probably Fayette Co Kentucky; married SUSANNA GREEN Feb 15, 1811 Pulaski Co Kentucky; lived Pulaski Co Kentucky until 1816 or 1817, when they migrated to Fayette & Rush Co Indiana, where they lived 1820-1840; died about 1845 Fayette Co Indiana.

  • ASENATH SCOTT born Feb 13, 1813 Pulaski Co Kentucky; married GEORGE WASHINGTON SAILORS; lived Wabash Co Indiana 1850-1860; lived Richardson Co Nebraska 1870-until her death in 1899
  • JOHN SCOTT Jr born 1815 Pulaski Co Kentucky; died Indiana; no further info
  • MARY SCOTT born Feb 29, 1816 Pulaski Co Kentucky; married ELBANARD SIDNEY SUTTON;  died Jan 11, 1873 Wabash Co Indiana
  • THOMAS GREEN SCOTT born 1817 Fayette Co Indiana; married JANE unknown; died before 1880 Liberty, Wabash Co Indiana.
  • JAMES ALLEN SCOTT born 1818 Fayette Co Indiana; married RACHEL ANN SMITH Oct 28, 1850 Rush Co Indiana; died before 1900 Wabash Co Indiana.
  • ANN SCOTT born 1820 Fayette Co Indiana; no further info
  • SUSANNA SCOTT born 1822 Fayette Co Indiana; married ANDREW JACKSON WILLIAMS Jan 28, 1840 Rush Co Indiana; died about 1870 Whiteside Co Illinois
  • ELIZABETH BETSY ANN SCOTT born 1825 Fayette Co Indiana; married ANDREW JACKSON THOMPSON Nov 26, 1840 Rush Co Indiana; lived Liberty, Wabash Co Indiana, and died about 1900 Starke Co Indiana.

--ANNE NANCY SCOTT born about 1786 probably Fayette Co Kentucky; married THOMAS WOLVERTON / WOOLVERTON Sr  on Jan 31, 1804 Pulaski Co Kentucky. She died before 1850 in Daviess Co Missouri.  Her husband was a Baptist minister.  I have not yet fully traced this family prior to 1850.

  • THOMAS WOOLVERTON Jr born 1810 Pulaski Co Kentucky; in 1850 Daviess Co Missouri census with his father, unmarried, also a Baptist minister.
  • UNKNOWN DAUGHTER WOOLVERTON b 1812 Pulaski Co Kentucky, no further info
  • WILLIAM WOOLVERTON born 1814 Pulaski Co Kentucky; married MARTHA REED or REID on May 24, 1849 Daviess Co Missouri; lived Anderson Co Texas by 1860. 

--RUBIN/REUBEN SCOTT (speculative) born about 1787 probably Fayette Co Kentucky; in  Pulaski Co Kentucky tax list 1808-1810 next to ROBERT SCOTT on Pitman Creek; no further information.

--MOSES SCOTT (speculative) born about 1788; married JANE WEBB Oct 28, 1808 Rutherford Co Tennessee; lived Smith Co Tennessee and Washington Co Missouri; widowed wife with children there in 1850 census.

--ALLEN/ALLIN SCOTT born about 1790 probably Fayette Co Kentucky; 1814-1815 Pulaski Co Kentucky tax list shows him living in household of ROBERT SCOTT on Pitman Creek, but not owning land. No further info.

--RACHEL SCOTT born about 1794 probably Fayette Co Kentucky; married WILLIAM WOOLVERTON Jan 2, 1808 Pulaski Co Kentucky; moved to Maury Co Tennessee by 1817; died there 1825. Husband remarried twice afterwards. ( I now have two DNA matches with descendants of this couple)

  • THOMAS WILLIAM WOOLVERTON born Oct 9, 1809 Pulaski Co Kentucky; married MARGARETTE WOOD; died before 1850 Hickman Co Tennessee (wife listed as widow with children in 1850 census).
  • JOSEPHINE WOOLVERTON born 1811 Pulaski Co Kentucky; no further info
  • LUCY WOOLVERTON born 1812 Pulaski Co Kentucky; married ZACHARIAH JUSTICE Oct 24, 1827 Maury Co Tennessee; died Hardeman Co Tennessee
  • JAMES T WOOLVERTON born 1813 Pulaski Co Kentucky; died 1878 McNairy Co Tennessee; no further info
  • ALLEN WOOLVERTON born 1816 Pulaski Co Kentucky or Maury Co Tennessee; married MARY ANN STONE, date unknown; lived 1850 Lafayette Co Mississippi; 1860 Hardeman Co Tennessee; no further info.
  • JOHN WOOLVERTON born Oct 20, 1817 Maury Co Tennessee; married JUDA /JUDITH/JULY KEMP  on May 14, 1843 Alcorn Co Mississippi; lived Hardin Co Tennessee 1850; McNairy Co Tennessee 1860; Logan Co Arkansas by 1880.
  • ELLEN WOOLVERTON born 1819 Maury Co Tennessee; no further info
  • ROBERT JUDSON WOOLVERTON born Oct 26, 1820 Maury Co Tennessee; no further info
  • ROSETTA WOOLVERTON born 1822 Maury Co Tennessee; married unknown GROVES. No further info
  • RENA WOOLVERTON born 1823 Maury Co Tennessee; married ALEXANDER MOORE. No further info.

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2015