Monday, October 19, 2015
A New Look at THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER, the Quaker, Part Two: Chowan, Craven, Perquimans & Carteret County, North Carolina
Possibly the biggest breakthrough that I've had in years concerning my 5th great grandfather THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER, is the fact that, through DNA testing, I have firmly established that SAMUEL FRAZIER, the Quaker, born April 10, 1749 in North Carolina was indeed THOMAS' son. See my previous blog post FRAZIER DNA Surprises.
Beginning with this new evidence, I began researching SAMUEL FRAZIER in North Carolina. Up to now, the only records I had for SAMUEL were his marriage record to REBECCA JULIAN March 17, 1771 in Guilford Co North Carolina, and several references to him in New Garden and Westfield Quaker Monthly Meetings in Guilford Co, then by 1795 at New Hope Quaker Monthly Meeting in Greene Co Tennessee. Anything before 1771 was a mystery.
Now not so much! I have found SAMUEL FRAZIER living in Craven Co North Carolina with his father THOMAS FRAZIER & and brother (or uncle) DANIEL FRAZIER in 1769 and 1770.
But it is really THOMAS FRAZIER that I would like to discuss here, and why I believe that this THOMAS is the same person as 'GEORGE THOMAS FRAZIER".
Here is a timeline of what I have found:
--1725 born in North Carolina
--Feb 1743 Carteret Co North Carolina; named in father JOHN FRAZIER's will, underage.
--1748 married MARY PUGH, possibly in Chowan Co North Carolina. There was a FRANCIS PUGH family living in Chowan County in the mid-1700s. THOMAS & MARY did name a son "FRANCIS HENRY". More research to come
--1753 tax list THOMAS FRAZIER, Chowan Co North Carolina. Makes perfect sense if MARY PUGH's family was from Chowan County. Also his FALCONER relatives still lived in Chowan County, and possibly one uncle DANIEL FRAZIER b 1703 who married MARGARET DAWSON, and who lived in Bertie Co North Carolina, which was formed from Chowan County. I have had several AncestryDNA matches to descendants of DANIEL FRAZIER & MARGARET DAWSON. More research to come.
--July 19, 1763 Craven County North Carolina; land deed: WILLIAM STUART of Clubfoots Creek in Craven Co to THOMAS FRAZIER of same; 200 ac on s side Nuse River, w side Clubfoots Creek, adj EDMUND MITCHELL. witnessed by DANIEL FRAZIER (THOMAS' brother); date in Quaker style.
--Oct 20, 1764 Craven Co North Carolina; attended estate sale of ELIZABETH MASON, deceased; THOMAS FRAZIER & (his brother ) DANIEL FRAZIER
--1769 Craven Co North Carolina tax list THOMAS FRAZIER, son SAMUEL FRAZIER, son or brother, DANIEL FRAZIER.
--1770 Craven Co North Carolina tax list THOMAS FRAZIER, son SAMUEL FRAZIER, son or brother, DANIEL FRAZIER
--March 17, 1771 Guilford Co North Carolina; son SAMUEL FRAZIER married REBECCA JULIAN; joined New Garden Quaker Monthly Meeting in Guilford County.
--1774 Carteret Co North Carolina; Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting; THOMAS FRAZIER requested certificate of removal to Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting in Perquimans Co North Carolina.
--1778 THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, son of THOMAS FRAZIER, disowned from the Quaker Church at Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting, Perquimans Co North Carolina, likely for marrying out of unity with SARAH JOHNSON. I now believe that it was THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, not his father, who purchased the 100 acres on Buffalo Creek in Randolph County North Carolina Jan 28, 1779, and later sold it to his brother GEORGE FRAZIER. THOMAS Jr later moved to Greene Co Tennessee, where his brother SAMUEL lived.
--April 11, 1781 Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting, Carteret Co North Carolina; THOMAS FRAZIER returned from Piney Woods Monthly Meeting and requested certificate for his children MARY FRAZIER, DANIEL FRAZIER & WILLIAM FRAZIER.
--1783 Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting, Carteret Co North Carolina; MARY FRAZIER, daughter of THOMAS, dismissed from the Quaker church for "disunity".
--June 6, 1785 Carteret Co North Carolina THOMAS FRAZIER Sr died, and was reported to the Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting
--Oct 20, 1788 Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting; DANIEL FRAZIER "of Craven and Carteret County, son of THOMAS FRAZIER, deceased"; married ELEANOR "NELLIE" MELTON widow, of HENRY STANTON
--1791 Core Sound Quaker Monthly Meeting; WILLIAM FRAZIER, son of THOMAS FRAZIER, deceased, dismissed from the church for "moving a considerable distance from us".
So in summary. It is my theory that the man known as "GEORGE THOMAS" FRAZIER born 1725 was actually THOMAS FRAZIER Sr, the Quaker, of Chowan, Craven, Perquimans & Carteret County North Carolina, son of JOHN FRAZIER & MARY FALCONER, and brother of DANIEL FRAZIER Sr, b about 1722, also a Quaker, of Craven & Perquimans Co North Carolina.
Supporting evidence is the fact that SAMUEL FRAZIER his son, also a Quaker, is listed in the 1769 & 1770 Craven Co North Carolina tax list, before his move to Guilford Co North Carolina in 1771. (By the way, SAMUEL FRAZIER finally left the Quaker church for good in 1806, having been called on the carpet in 1802 for "drinking spiritous liquids to excess". He was dismissed in 1806 from the Lost Creek MM, Jefferson Co Tennessee, for non-attendance).
THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, son of THOMAS FRAZIER was dismissed from the Piney Woods Quaker Monthly Meeting in Perquimans Co North Carolina in June of 1778, and it is my belief that he (not his father) then migrated shortly afterwards, in 1779, to Randolph Co North Carolina.
By the mid-1780s to 1790, nearly all of the sons of THOMAS FRAZIER Sr had followed in the footsteps of SAMUEL FRAZIER & THOMAS FRAZIER Jr, moved westward, and were living in Guilford or Randolph Co North Carolina. Most of them were Quakers.
Clearly lots more research to do, and many more DNA results to process. But this is my working theory for now.
--"American Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy Vol I North Carolina Yearly Meeting" by William Wade Hinshaw, p 270, 540, more
--"US Quaker Meeting Records 1681-1935" Ancestry.com database, numerous pages of scanned original records
--"Craven County North Carolina Deeds, Wills & Inventories Volume I 1737-1777" by Dr Stephen E Bradley p 57
--"Craven County North Carolina Deeds, Wills & Inventories Volume II 1742-1801" by Dr Stephen E Bradley p 52
Have a great day!
© Betty Tartas 2015
Sunday, October 18, 2015
A New Look at THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER, the Quaker, Part One: JOHN FRAZIER Sr & MARY FALCONER of Carteret Co North Carolina
Portrait of William Penn
After many years of research, and DNA tests with all three companies, I now have records & results which reinforce my theory that THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER was the son of JOHN FRAZIER Sr born about 1700 of Carteret Co North Carolina & his wife MARY FALCONER, and that, like his mother, THOMAS was a Quaker.
First off, let me reiterate that THOMAS' name wasn't "GEORGE THOMAS". This idea stemmed from a letter written in the early 1900s by a descendant, ANN MILLIS FRAZIER WAY, in which she indicated that her great grandfather's name was either "GEORGE" or "THOMAS" (she couldn't remember which). This was then probably written down as "GEORGE/THOMAS" which morphed over time in "GEORGE THOMAS".
In truth, later Quaker records from the Westfield Monthly Meeting in Hamilton Co Indiana shows that one of THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER's sons (my 4th great grandfather) ISAAC FRAZIER was the son of "THOMAS & MARY FRAZIER". So clearly his first name was THOMAS, not GEORGE. And the only early colonial North Carolina records that I have found for any "GEORGE FRAZIER" are for THOMAS's son GEORGE who married JANE GRIMES.
One very, very important thing to remember in researching this Quaker FRAZIER family is that Scottish Quakers were exceedingly rare.
Let me say this again: SCOTTISH QUAKERS WERE EXCEEDINGLY RARE.
According to David Dobson in his book "Scottish Quakers and Early America 1650-1700", there were few Scottish Quakers, with meeting houses in only a very few locations in Scotland. They were severely persecuted by both the Presbyterians and the Episcopalians in the 1670s, and by 1682-1685 most had emigrated to either the Netherlands or America.
According to Dobson, there was a particularly large concentration of Quaker Scottish immigrants who settled in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. MARY FALCONER's father, JOHN FALCONER, was one of these emigrants, and later settled in Chowan County North Carolina, where he died Aug 5, 1741, and left a will. He was the son of DAVID FALCONER, a well known Quaker of Edinburgh who was persecuted & convicted of holding Quaker meetings several different places in Scotland, and who died in Edinburgh in 1691. DAVID's wife, MARGARET MOLLESON, was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and was also from a Quaker family. Her mother, MARGARET (SMYTH) MOLLESON was one of the first people to convert to the Quaker faith in northern Scotland. All of her children were Quakers, but curiously, her husband GILBERT MOLLESON was not!
So MARY FALCONER's family were definitely Quakers, going back two generations.
JOHN FRAZIER, husband of MARY FALCONER, has less of a clear link to the Quaker faith. In fact, there are records showing that JOHN FRAZIER was listed in the vestry book of St John's Parish, Carteret Co North Carolina in 1742. Several people mentioned in his 1743 will, shown below, make it clear this was indeed the same JOHN FRAZIER who married MARY FALCONER.
As I have been discovering, it was not at all uncommon in the 1600s for a wife & children to join the Quaker church, but not the father, as was the case of the MOLLESON family in Aberdeen, Scotland. Curious, I know--but not unprecedented.
JOHN FRAZIER Sr was born about 1700 in Scotland or Pennsylvania, and died before June 1744 in Carteret County North Carolina. He wrote his will Feb 17, 1743.
Many online family trees show JOHN FRAZIER Sr & MARY FALCONER as being born about 1680, and their children all born around 1700, but I believe that is incorrect. Here's why: The full text of JOHN FRAZIER's will, posted below, has definite indications that all his children were underage in 1743. Thus they would have to had been born 1722 or later. I have highlighted in red the portions which refer to his children as underage.
WILL OF JOHN FRAZIER written 1743, probated June 1744 Carteret Co North Carolina:
In the name of God Amen. I, JOHN FRAZIER of Carteret County in the Province of North Carolina, planter, being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory, thanks to God for the same , do make my last will and testament in manner and form following (viz.)
--Imprimis. I will and desire that my beloved wife MARY shall have the use of my plantation during her natural life except she should mary and then in such case only the use of the third part thereof.
--I give unto my son JOHN and to his heirs and assignes forever, my plantation and land whereon I now dwell after the decease of his mother as aforesaid, I also give to my said son JOHN his heirs and assignes one Negro girl named SARAH.
--I give and bequeath unto my son JAMES his heirs etc. one Negro boy called TOMBY.
--I give and bequeath unto my son THOMAS his heirs etc. one Negro girl called JUDY.
--I give and bequeath unto my son DANIEL to him his heirs etc. one Negro boy called COLE.
--I give and bequeath unto my daughter MARY and her heirs etc. one Negro girl called ROSE.
--My desire is that my wife shall have the labour of my three Negroes (Viz.) CATO, PHILLIS and old ROSE during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided between all my children, and if the Negro woman ROSE should be safely delivered of the child she now goes with, I give that child unto my daughter MARY, her heirs, etc.
--I give and bequeath unto each of my sons one young horse and to my daughter MARY one young mair to be marked or branded in their own mark as soon as can be after my decease.
--I give unto my wife one third part of my other stock; and the old horses and mairs for the use of the plantation, and the remaining two thirds to be equally divided between all my children and to be marked in their own marks.
--My will and desire is that all my household goods be kept together for the use and support of my wife and children during my said wives natural life excepting she should marry and then to be equally divided among all which aforesaid legacys mentioned for the use of my wife to be in lieu of her dower, and if any of my children should die before they are of age, his or her part (so dying) of the personal estate to be equally divided among the survivours of them.
--I will and desire that the sum of one thousand pounds which is in the hands of CARY GODBE be applyed for the schooling of my children.
--My will is that my trustees hereafter named may kill so much out of the male kind of cattle belonging unto my children as may be thought necessary for said children's provisions.
--I do hereby appoint my beloved wife MARY executrix and my trusty friends ___ THOMAS LOVICK, Mr. DAVID SHEPARD and GEORGE READ trustees of this my last will and testament, making null and void all other will and wills heretofore made by me. In witness wh ereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this 17th day of February 1743.
--Signed, sealed and delivered JOHN FRAZIER (mark) in presence of Sarah Johnson (mark) William W. Dennis (mark) Thomas Mann
--Carteret County North Carolina June Court 1744 These are to certifie that William Dennis one of the subscribing evidences made oath that he saw JOHN FRAZIER the testator of the within will sign and seal the same and that he also saw Thomas Mann and S arah Johnson the other evidences, evidence the same, and by that court admitted to be recorded Test. Geo. Read, (title, perhaps County Clerk?)}
(NOTE: the three men listed in the will as JOHN FRAZIER's friends, THOMAS LOVICK, DAVID SHEPARD & GEORGE READ, were all named in the same list with JOHN FRAZIER in the vestry book of St John's Parish)
Later records in Carteret County in 1757 show that JAMES FRAZIER, son of JOHN FRAZIER Sr, sold the land his father had purchased in 1723 from THOMAS MERREDAY, on the south side of the Newport river.
JAMES FRAZIER then moved to Craven (which part became Onslow) Co County North Carolina. THOMAS FRAZIER & his brother DANIEL FRAZIER Sr were very much alive at that time and living in Craven Co North Carolina and Perquimans Co North Carolina, respectively.
I have not found records showing that JAMES FRAZIER, son of JOHN FRAZIER & MARY FALCONER of Carteret County was a Quaker. But two other sons, DANIEL FRAZIER born about 1722 and THOMAS FRAZIER born about 1725, did become Quakers. For more on THOMAS' life story, and why I believe he is the same person as "GEORGE THOMAS FRAZIER", see my next blog post.
-- "Abstracts of Carteret County North Carolina Deeds books A-F 1713-1759" by John A Brayton, pp 12, 61
--"Scottish Quakers in Early America 1650-1700" by David Dobson; p 7
--"Chowan Precinct North Carolina Abstracts of Deed Books 1696-1723" by Margaret M Hofmann; pp 41-42, 107-109
--"Craven County North Carolina Deeds, Wills & Inventories Volume I 1737-1777" by Dr Stephen A Bradley; pp (too many to list)
--Craven County North Carolina Deeds, Wills & Inventories Volume II 1742-1801"by Dr Stephen A Bradley; pp 169, 333
--"A Story of North Carolina's Historic Beaufort" by Mamre Marsh Wilson, p 17
Have a great day!
© Betty Tartas 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
As I said in my last post, my Quaker FRAZIER family of North Carolina, Indiana & Iowa has provided me with the most autosomal DNA matches which have verifiable genealogical connections to THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER.
Here are some of the interesting things that I have discovered recently about this family via my results with 23andMe, Family Tree DNA & AncestryDNA:
--SAMUEL FRAZIER , a Quaker, b April 10, 1749 North Carolina (married REBECCA JULIAN) was definitely the son of THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER b 1725 & MARY PUGH. Definitely. No doubt about it. Six known descendants of THOMAS' other sons match descendants of SAMUEL on Chromosome 15 on the exact same chromosomal location. And I have nine more matches with descendants of SAMUEL on AncestryDNA yet to explore.
--DANIEL FRAZIER b about 1703 of Bertie Co North Carolina (married MARGARET DAWSON) was somehow related to THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER. I have one match from Family Tree DNA with a descendant of DANIEL on Chromosome 6 (close to where other FRAZIER descendants are matching), and nine matches with descendants of DANIEL on AncestryDNA, which I am currently trying to verify through Gedmatch, since AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser. It is my belief that this DANIEL FRAZIER of Bertie Co North Carolina was the brother of JOHN FRAZIER Sr of Carteret County North Carolina (who married MARY FALCONER)--likely parents of THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER.
--ALEXANDER FRAZIER a Quaker, b 1685 Scotland, died Dec 1750 Chester Co Pennsylvania (married SARAH COPPOCK) was somehow related to THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER. I have six matches with descendants of ALEXANDER on AncestryDNA, which I am currently trying to verify through Gedmatch, since AncestryDNA does not have a chromosome browser. Some of the children of ALEXANDER FRAZIER migrated from Chester Co Pennsylvania to Guilford Co North Carolina in the early-mid 1700s, and can be found in the New Garden & Center Quaker Monthly Meeting records. These are the same meetings that the children of THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER attended.
In summary, here is a list of my current FRAZIER matches with Chromosome locations. I've removed the names of my DNA relatives for privacy's sake. No PUGH or OTWELL family descendants have matched to these same chromosomal locations--yet--so I'm guessing the connection is definitely through the FRAZIER family.
4TH COUSIN Family Tree DNA & 23ndMe
A C D Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Alson Gray Frazier chr 8
M B Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Alson Gray Frazier chr 8
**R B Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Alson Gray Frazier chr 18
L. H Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Fanny Frazier White chr 14
K S Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Elzena Frazier Cox chr 15
M H Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Alson Gray Frazier chr 15
6TH COUSIN Family Tree DNA & 23ndMe
M H (sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier chr 1
D W (sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier chr 1
S B Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr chr 6
E R Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis &Thos Frazier Jr chr 6
R N (dad) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh James Frazier chr 6
M Nx2 (sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh James Frazier chr 6
E N (sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh James Frazier chr 6
S N (sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh James Frazier chr 6
G N(sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh James Frazier chr 6
C N(sib) Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh James Frazier chr 6
M P x2 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Eliza. Frazier Reynolds chr 6
S W H Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier chr 15
C T Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier chr 15
W V Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr chr 15
S O’ R Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier chr 15
J W Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier chr 15
THOMAS FRAZIER DNA MATCHES Ancestry.com DNA
lls Eli B Frazier & Nancy Van Arsdale Jasper Newton Frazier
jdhat2 Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Ann Milis Frazier Way
J.H. Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Alson Gray Frazier
AM Henry Frazier & Mary Polly Otwell Heber Ellis Frazier
dt1954 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
D.A.M. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
RA881 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
A H Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
LH Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
T.M. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
B M Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
M.H.M. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
dD1404 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
C.D. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
tgf120555 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier
V.W.D. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
G.T. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier
W.D.F. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
M.A.B. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier
D.L.N. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier
H_EW Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
kidwelml1 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
K.D. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Samuel Frazier Sr
myflyman Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier
SJ Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
plk21 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
rlp122 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
c7412 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier
C.P. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
ffam22 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
M_M419 Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
R.B Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Thomas Frazier Jr
M.B. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier
P.L Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier
nolfrazi Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh Francis H Frazier
S.R. Thomas Frazier & Mary Pugh George Frazier
DANIEL FRAZIER & MARGARET DAWSON (uncle of THOMAS FRAZIER ?) AncestryDNA matches
k f Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Jeremiah Frazier
P.S. Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Jeremiah Frazier
mw Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Jeremiah Frazier
R.N. Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Jeremiah Frazier
kba Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Isabella Fraz Sallis
SE-O Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Isabella Frazier Sallis
K.M. Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Malachi Frazier
smc2 Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Malachi Frazier
DANIEL FRAZIER & MARGARET DAWSON Family Tree DNA matches
105984 Ellis Daniel Frazier & Margaret Dawson Malachi Frazier Chr 6
ALEXANDER FRAZIER & SARAH COPPOCK (Quakers; relationship unknown) AncestryDNA matches
J.M Alexander Frazier & Sarah Coppock ?
KA Alexander Frazier & Sarah Coppock Sarah Frazier Rich
antpen Alexander Frazier & Sarah Coppock Sara Frazier Rich
mccrckn Alexander Frazier & Sarah Coppock Aaron Frazier
M.H. Alexander Frazier & Sarah Coppock Aaron Frazier
cdnn Alexander Frazier & Sarah Coppock James Frazier
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© Betty Tartas 2015
Thursday, October 1, 2015
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 Gedmatch.com.
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