Monday, March 15, 2021

Adventures in Genetic Genealogy: That's a Lot of Fraziers!


In 2011,  I received my first autosomal DNA test results from 23andMe. Since then, I have been carefully compiling my matches with descendants of my paternal  FRAZIER family.  Because this family was Quaker,  reliable Monthly Meeting (MM) records exist and many descendants know exactly how they descend from the "patriarch" THOMAS FRAZIER b 1725 Carteret County, North Carolina and MARY PUGH, his wife (click here to read my blog post about why his name is not "GEORGE THOMAS FRAZIER"). 

Still, it's mind-boggling  to see exactly how many Frazier DNA matches I now have , ten years later, to descendants of the children & grandchildren of THOMAS FRAZIER b 1725 and MARY PUGH!

Here's the latest as of  March 15, 2021:

--201 matches to known descendants of my g x 5 grandfather THOMAS FRAZIER b 1725 & MARY PUGH (no matches so far to any PUGH families)

--1 match to known descendants of my great x 4 grandfather ISAAC FRAZIER ( son of THOMAS), and REBECCA SAFERIGHT (not including matches to SAFERIGHT or to ISAAC's only son HENRY; fewer children survived in this family , so fewer descendants stem from this generation)

--35 matches to known descendants of my ggg grandfather HENRY FRAZER ( son of ISAAC),  and MARY POLLY OTWELL (not including matches to OTWELL, or to HENRY's son ELI)

--48 matches to known descendants of  my gg grandfather ELI BRANSON FRAZIER (son of HENRY) & NANCY VAN ARSDALE (not including matches to VAN ARSDALE) 

TOTAL:  285 matches to known descendants of my male FRAZIER line. 

(By "known descendant" I mean a DNA match whose ancestry I have been able to trace to a MRCA (most recent common ancestor) who is one of the male FRAZIERs listed above, plus who is also matching, in triangulation, with other descendants of the same male FRAZIERs on the same chromosomal locations, with the matches being greater than 7 cM.)

As noted above, I also have  DNA matches to descendants of the families of some of the wives: SAFERIGHT, OTWELL & VAN ARSDALE. But the vast majority of my matches are to the male FRAZIERs.

Here is the list that I have been using to keep track of my FRAZIER matches. It isn't complete, of course, and only lists the children & grandchildren with whom  I have a DNA connection,  but it gives me a great overall picture of how many of descendants  of the male FRAZIER line I am actually connected to by DNA! 

The numbers in red are the total number of DNA matches so far  for each couple, gathered from 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA, MyHeritage, AncestryDNA & Gedmatch.

Now that's a lot of Fraziers! 

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2021

Tuesday, June 30, 2020


DNA does it again!  Another family mystery solved, and more cousins found.

JAMES JASPER BRUTON was my great uncle, the brother of my grandmother MINTTIE MAY BRUTON HUBER, and the only one of her three siblings who survived, married and had children.

He was born June 22, 1876 in Sparta, Christian County, Missouri, the son of Rev BENJAMIN BENTON BRUTON and SILOAMA WHITECOTTON.  Rev B B BRUTON was well-educated, an ordained Baptist minister, an author of several books & religious tracts,  and a well-loved teacher in Christian County, Missouri.  JAMES also became a teacher in the local schools.

James Jasper Bruton & son Jesse Jewel Bruton circa 1920 Christian Co Missouri

On Sept 1, 1900, JAMES married ELLA ADAMS in Christian County, Missouri.  They remained in the area until after his mother SILOAMA died in 1908.  Apparently he helped with his mother's application to the Eastern Cherokee Tribe, writing letters providing more information to Guion Miller (the application was rejected, because SILOAMA's ancestors were not Cherokee).

By the 1910 census, JAMES J BRUTON, his wife, and children were living in Brewer,  Muskogee County, Oklahoma, where his occupation was listed as school teacher.  By 1916, they were back in Christian County, Missouri.

JAMES J BRUTON & ELLA ADAMS had the following children:

---BONNIE LELA BRUTON born Oct 2, 1902 Christian County, Missouri; married MATH ADAMS; one son RAYMOND EUGENE ADAMS  d 1985

---WILLIAM MANCIE "BILL" BRUTON b May 30, 1912 Wyandott, Oklahoma; married BARBARA WARREN; two sons, two daughters 

---JESSE JEWELL BRUTON  b Oct 17, 1916 Chadwick, Christian County, Missouri; married JUNE MARIE HICKEY;  one daughter, possibly other children? 2nd marriage aft 2007.

(These three children would have been first cousins to my father and his nine siblings)

While I had long known about my grandmother's brother JAMES J BRUTON,  I could never seem to fully trace his children or his grandchildren after the 1930 census. All I could find in subsequent records was an indication that all of his children had ended up living in California.

JAMES J BRUTON & ELLA ADAMS divorced sometime before 1922; she remarried to  LOUIS E WILSON and moved with her sons to Boone County, Oklahoma. She died there in 1932.

Ella Adams Bruton with Bonnie Lela Bruton, and William Mancie "Bill Bruton circa 1920

After 1922, JAMES J BRUTON was frequently listed as living at the almshouse in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri.  He was listed in the 1930 census at the State Hospital in Vernon, Nevada County, Missouri.  The next record found was again at the almshouse in Springfield in 1953, which indicated he was released to relatives from California.  According to his death certificate and an obituary I found,  JAMES J BRUTON died Dec 31, 1958  in Springfield, Missouri.

To my knowledge, JAMES and his family never visited his sister, my grandmother MINTTIE MAY  in Iowa, where she & her family lived from 1908 onward. It's unlikely that my father ever knew that he had first cousins living in California.

Fast forward to 2020.   I recently received two separate DNA matches, one a 2nd cousin and descendant of JESSE JEWEL BRUTON  on AncestryDNA;  the other, a 2nd cousin 1 x removed and descendant of WILLIAM MANCIE "BILL" BRUTON on 23andMe.  So of course, I was thrilled!!   These are the first close DNA matches to the BRUTON family that I've had since I first tested with 23andMe ten years ago, in 2010.

One of the grandsons of JESSE JEWEL BRUTON shared the photos which I have posted here, and  I am deeply thankful to finally be able to see my great uncle.  I am looking forward to sharing this blog with my Huber relatives!

Be well, stay safe, and if you go out--please wear a mask!!


© Betty Tartas  2020