Sunday, November 17, 2013

Update - 11/15/2013



Last week, we began talking about how to analyze our autosomal DNA data within our families.  Our first observation was the Lynn had the most matches, so this week, I did a Gedmatch analysis with her as the focus and each Blevins used in a One to One Gedmatch with her.   Here is the primary spreadsheet with ten comparisons.  Lynn and I share James Blevins and Elizabeth Wells Ward; me through son Nathan and she descends from James and Lydia Sizemore. 

1
96,858,644
98,500,368
Foster, Davis, Steve
2
14,284,300
16,572,029

2
136,587,945
139,208,481
Sizemore, Lacey
4
105,479,341
108,425,511
Blevins
4
119,492,406
122,645,630
Davis, Cathy, Lacey
4
145,481,449
157,183,142
Blevins
4
157,194,147
168,800,682
Blevins
5
14,143,392
16,713,145

5
129,308,819
132,682,945
Foster, Fields, Rogers, Cathy, Davis
6
25,540,748
29,481,192
Steve
6
31,544,026
33,659,492
Cathy, Lynn
6
56,899,454
65,561,385
Seaver, Blevins
6
160,389,532
161,642,213
Fields, Seaver, Cathy, Sizemore, Blevins, Steve, Lacey, Phyliss
8
49,752,259
53,469,847
Lacey, Blevins, Larry, Phyliss
13
43,056,053
45,206,916
Lacey
20
23,696,134
30,802,993
rogers

Rearranged by number of matches
6
160,389,532
161,642,213
 Fields, Seaver, Cathy, Sizemore, Blevins, Steve, Lacey, Phyliss
5
129,308,819
132,682,945
Foster, Fields, Rogers, Cathy, Davis
4
105,479,341
108,425,511
Blevins
4
145,481,449
157,183,142
Blevins
4
157,194,147
168,800,682
Blevins
8
49,752,259
53,469,847
Lacey, Blevins, Larry, Phyliss
4
119,492,406
122,645,630
Davis, Cathy, Lacey
2
136,587,945
139,208,481
 Sizemore, Lacey
13
43,056,053
45,206,916
Lacey
1
96,858,644
98,500,368
Foster, davis, Steve
6
56,899,454
65,561,385
Seaver, Blevins
6
25,540,748
29,481,192
Steve
6
31,544,026
33,659,492
Cathy, Lynn
13
43,056,053
45,206,916
Lacey
20
23,696,134
30,802,993
rogers

I chose to leave the Sizemore and Wallen to the last as we know that they have to match in the pre -1740 time period.  Once again these charts use Celeste Hogan as the focus.  I chose her to be the first sample because we know the least about her lineage.  Her line is not in contact with other Blevins beyond the early 1800’s, so there is a purity back to that time period.  They migrated to Arkansas and Texas.  The only other matches are Fields and Davis and both of these end up sharing more DNA among themselves which would indicate they do have a more recent common grandparent than 1740.  Celeste goes back to 1785, so we are looking at a 45 year window that needs connections.

I will focus on all of the other matches that are more likely to be more recent matches. Blevins and Phyliss 5
Frazier 5
Lacy 4
Davis 3



Richard 1785 /Jones…Arkansas

Fields, Seaver, Cathy, Sizemore, Blevins, Steve, Lacey, Phyliss
Foster, Fields, Rogers, Cathy, Davis
Blevins
Blevins
Blevins
Lacey, Blevins, Larry, Phyliss
Davis, Cathy, Lacey
Sizemore, Lacey
Lacey
Foster, Davis, Steve
Seaver, Blevins
Steve
Cathy, Lynn
Lacey
rogers

Armstead Wayne Co Ky, Col. William, James/Wells, Hugh/Looney, Swinfield/Garland
Armstead Wayne Co Ky, Richard/Troxell, Hugh/Looney
Swinfield/Garland, James/Wells
Hugh Torbett/Anna Looney/ Swinfield/Garland
Hugh Torbett/Anna Looney/ Hugh Torbett/Anna Looney
Col.William
 James/Wells

Single
Blevins & Phyliss siblings…James/Wells  6
Lacy siblings….Swinfield/Garland   4
Steve… Hugh Torbett/Anna Looney

A little more about these lines.  James and Elizabeth Wells Ward is my line also and we have talked about the Wells.  An interesting note about these siblings.  If you look at the bottom chart, you will see that Blevins is on six segments, one that is shared by the largest group, then a group of four; and these matches include his sister.  One is shared with the Seaver siblings who descends from Col. William so the common grandparent there is pre 1749.  Then he has three segments not shared with anyone else.

Are these Blevins or could they be a grandmother?  Little is know about their early history and we are trying to find that brick wall.  A further study for them would be to do the “segment match” at Gedcom and see if they can find who is represented on these segments.  Also, it shows how we do not share all the same DNA with other family members and the more family members you can test the better the chances for breaking through walls.

The Lacey siblings most distant Blevins is Wm. Swinfield 1801 that married Bridgett Garland.  They migrated from Yancey Co., NC to Carter Co., Tn. It is thought that he descends from a Nathan.  Yancy Co., was formed from Buncombe so this may not be a migration but just a county division. We have an early Buncombe Blevins group.

Then Steve with his Hugh Torbett Blevins 1804 married Annie Looney. They married in Rhea but once again county formation lines changed rapidly and this was originally Sullivan Co TN and Washington Va originally.  I am still confused on this family line but I am sure that is just in my own head.  There is a marriage record for Hugh T Blevins and Annie Looney in Rhea Co., Tn and the initial is definitely a “T” when compared with other writing on the page.   Annie is still living in Meigs County in 1850 (redistrict of Rhea, so no migration).  When trying to verify going back to 1840 Meigs, I encountered that not all Blevins are indexed on Ancestry, so I will have to do the old fashioned read it all method.

It is interested to note that Col Wm, Looney Blevins (probably connect to Hugh) and Wm Swinfield all married into the Garland family at some time, so could Celeste have a Garland connection?

Now the odd guy out is Armstead of Wayne Co Ky but not as far as it may seem.  There is a “family history” that needs proven that six brothers lived in Buncombe, NC after the Revolution.  Armstead is believed to be a son of Jonathan 1773 and second wife, Sally Minton of Wayne Co Ky.  He is believed to be one of these sons.  

The last match is Davis which was significant on last week’s spreadsheet.  She is also a descendent of Hugh Blevins and Annie Looney, so this line really comes to be the line that needs to be looked at in depth  as  a critical match.  Does it go all the way back to the earliest Blevins? Or does the fact that this matches are much larger and closer tell us that the shared grandparent should be more recent? 

Now for Celeste.  Little is know about her Richard 1785 other than he lived in Tn before moving to Alabama and becoming the patriarch of the Arkansas clan.  The name Armstead is in use as it is in the lines above.  What is the fascination of this name and is there an original namesake?  Can this be a clue?  When researching this type of issue do not get bound up in spelling as they may not have been able to writer themselves but most records are census etc. where there is someone else who is writing down the name and they will use the spelling that is familiar to them. 

This is from a narration I have on her line.  She also has Bankhead and Boyd out of Ga and SC.

"Thompson" - Eador Jane Bankhead Thompson, born about 1851 in Hill County, Texas. Eador Jane, and her brothers John and George (my ggrandfather).

Richard Blevins was first married to a white woman and had several children. The names she could remember were Armistead, William, Squire and Jack.  Next he was married to Mary "Polly" Jones and had two children, John and Elizabeth Jane. Mary "Polly" Jones died in the Nation (Oklahoma) - Richard, Mary and children must have lived there after they left Arkansas, and before they moved to Texas.
Richard was next married to Elizabeth Jones, Mary's sister. Richard and Elizabeth had three children: Luke, Richard and Lige. All three boys were deceased and left no descendants. Elizabeth Jones was deceased by 1851 (time of the Old Settler Pay Roll). William Bankhead came to her house that year and told her he had gone by Fort Gibson and collected Elizabeth Jane's and John Blevins' money for them. They lived in Fort Graham, Texas at this time. Richard moved to Texas and died there.

Next week, we will focus on the 1740-1785 time period of Va and Buncombe NC.