Sunday, February 14, 2016


I must admit it. Most of the time I am frustrated with all the tantalizing DNA matches that I receive, and with the fact that in nearly all cases, I can't quite figure out how I am related to those matches.

But sometimes a match will suddenly come sharply into focus, and when it does....WOW!!

MOSES WHITECOTTON & HAPPY RIDDLE, my great x 3 grandparents had the following children:

--LINDLEY M WHITECOTTON b 1823 Alabama or Tennessee m SUSAN HORN; died 1889 Logan Co Arkansas

--JAMES MONROE WHITECOTTON b Oct 1825 Jackson Co Alabama; married at least 5 times; died 1906 Jackson Co Alabama, my great x 2 grandfather

--ISAAC M WHITECOTTON b Feb 1830 Jackson Co Alabama m SARAH E SMITH; died after 1901 in Logan Co Arkansas

--ELIZABETH WHITECOTTON b 1832 Jackson Co Alabama

--WILLIAM WHITECOTTON b 1836 Tennessee

--PLEASANT "PLES" WHITECOTTON b 1839 Alabama or Tennessee; died 1871 Huntsville, Madison Co Alabama

--HARRISON "HARRY" WHITECOTTON  b 1840 Alabama or Tennessee; died after 1870  Alabama or Georgia

This has been a difficult family to trace, but over time I have been successful in researching all of these children--except for WILLIAM WHITECOTTON b 1836 (possibly died in Civil War?) and ELIZABETH WHITECOTTON b 1832.

Recently I was contacted by a GRIZZELL/GRIZZLE descendant who is a DNA match with me on Chromosome 2.  She indicated that she suspected that her great x 2 grandmother, ELIZABETH, who married WILLIAM GRIZZELL about 1850 in Hamilton Co Tennessee, was likely ELIZABETH WHITECOTTON,  the daughter of MOSES WHITECOTTON & HAPPY RIDDLE.

Hamilton Co Tennessee really caught my attention.  In 1860 census, ISAAC M WHITECOTTON lived in Hamilton Co Tennessee with his wife & children.  The two youngest brothers, PLEASANT WHITECOTTON & HARRISON "HARRY" WHITECOTTON, both enlisted in the Confederate army in Hamilton Co Tennessee.

So could this ELIZABETH who married WILLIAM GRIZZELL and was living in Hamilton Co Tennessee by  1860 census actually be their sister?

DNA proved it so.

This GRIZZLE/GRIZZELL descendant is an exact match on same location of Chromosome 2 for several descendants of LINDLEY M WHITECOTTON, and so far, two descendants of LINDLEY'S brother, JAMES MONROE WHITECOTTON.  Since this descendant has only tested with one company, & it's not the same company as the majority of my family who are WHITECOTTON descendants, any further exact matches are as yet undiscovered.

Here's what the numbers look like so far:

Descendants of James Monroe Whitecotton vs Grizzell/Grizzle descendant
Betty                              Chromosome 2  61000000    75000000   14.48 cM  
Betty's brother               Chromosome 2  61000000     75000000   14.73 cM

Descendants of Lindley M Whitecotton (all from same family) vs Grizzell/Grizzle descendant
Matriarch                       Chromosome 2     61000000    71000000   9.89
Son                                 Chromosome 2     61000000    71000000   9.89
Grandchild                     Chromosome 2     61000000    71000000   8.95
Grandchild                     Chromosome 2     61000000     71000000  9.89
Grandchild                     Chromosome 2     61000000     71000000  9.89

And here's what I have so far on the family of WILLIAM GRIZZELL & ELIZABETH WHITECOTTON:

--1850 Decatur, Morgan Co Alabama census; ELIZABETH WHITECOTTON age 18, in household of her mother HAPPY (RIDDLE) WHITECOTTON, with siblings.

--1860 Hamilton Co Tennessee census; ELIZABETH b 1832 Alabama with husband WILLIAM GRIZZELL b abt 1829 Tennessee, and three children, as listed below. (WILLIAM was conscripted into the Confederate Army, Capt. W.C. Kain's TN Light Artillery Company. He ended up as a POW in Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, where he apparently died before the end of the war).

--1870 Meigs Co Tennessee census; ELIZABETH "GRESSELL" born 1833 Alabama, two sons, as listed below. Daughter was married & living in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co TN in 1870.

--1880 Dallas, Texas census, listed as "ELIZABETH GRIZWOLD", with son MILO age 22 (working as a marble cutter). HARRISON MILO GRIZZELL was enumerated twice in the 1880 Texas census; both times listed as a marble cutter.

--ELIZABETH WHITECOTTON GRIZZELL died Feb 15, 1890 Dallas, Texas.


--NANCY GRIZZELL born about 1851 Tennessee, married WILLIAM H "HARRY" SHUTTE; 1860 Hamilton Co TN census with parents & siblings; 1870 Chattanooga, Hamilton Co TN census with husband.

--GEORGE WASHINGTON GRIZZELL born April 22, 1855 Chattanooga, Hamilton Co Tennessee; married MARGARET ANN "MAGGIE" TERRY; died July 29, 1944 Breckenridge, Stephen Co Texas.

--HARRISON MILO GRIZZELL born 1858 Hamilton Co Tennessee; married MARY L SMITH Sept 15, 1883 in Dallas, Texas; died Texas

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2016

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