Friday, October 25, 2013

Update - Oct 25, 2013



This week, I want to talk about a group of men known as the Longhunters.  We have a minimum of three Longhunter descendants represented in our group.  We have a group of people who descend from the Blevins who were part of the Wallen/Walling, Skaggs and Blevins Longhunter group.  They were known to hunt west of the mountains as early as 1761.
We also have the Crawley/Crowley family, who hunted with Joseph Martin, who we talked about last week.
This week, I want to add William Pittman.  William Pittman also hunted with the Wallen, Skaggs and Blevins and founded Pittman’s station in what is now Green Co Ky.  The earliest family relationship that is not proven but the best possibility of ancestry is Thomas Pittman Jr. who secured a land grant, March 24, 1725:

Location: Isle of Wight County.

Description: 400 acres on the South side of Tarraroe Creek on the north side of Meherrin River.

I ran a search for Meherrin River and names that settled on the Meherrin previous to 1725 are:
Robert Mumford
John Wall
William Stroud
James Mayo
David Crawley
John Poythress
John Lynch
John Chapman
Robert and Joshua Clark
Thomas Boone
Thomas Harris
William Batte
John Wright
John Lee
John Pope
Thomas Pittman 1739 Reedy Branch

Here is an excellent article about one group of Longhunters.  Much of this is from the Redd conversation with Lyman Draper and are from the Draper papers.

In Wallen's party of 1761, some were known to hunt as far way as the Cumberland River in western Tennessee. Among those known to have been in this party, besides Wallen, there was his father-in-law Jack Blevins, his brother-in-law, William Blevins, Charles Cox, William Newman, William Pitman, Henry Scaggs, Uriah Stone, Michael Stoner, James Harrod and William Carr.
     At this time, William Pittman was in his early twenties, six feet tall and of fine appearance. There were several Pittmans and more than one named William. (9)

Other names that we all might share that we uncovered this week are : Riddle, Rice, Gunter, Boyles, Massey, Norton, and Ricker, plus the Sheltons from McMinn Co Tn. 
Another group in the Virginia/NC/Tn area is a group historically called Melungeons.   A vast amount of research has been done on these families and there is no consensus of opinion or final conclusions rendered.  Since Riddle and Sizemore have both come up in the past week this might be a good time to look at them.   Results of a “Core Melungeon “ by Roberta Estes, Jack Goins, Penny Ferguson and Janet Lewis Crain” study are published here:
This study was based on YDNA and they are looking for participant for an Autosomal study.
Bell, Boling, Bunch, Collins, Denham, Gibson, Goins, Goodman, Minor, Moore, Mullins, Riddle, Sizemore, Sullivan, Trent and Williams,
If anyone has direct ancestors in these lines please let me know. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Update - Oct.18, 2013



Busy, busy, busy week.  I am really surprised as material just keeps coming in.
I am going to begin with our Early Colonial Southern group.  I posted a piece about the 1758 Halifax Roster and our member and cousin in DNA,   Cal Crowley claimed Benjamin Crawley.  Just this morning another member Celeste Hogan stepped forward with three Family Finders matches that she found to Crawley/Crowley.  This is an excellent reminder for those who want to help and are not sure what to do.  If you are Family Finder or 23&me, use the surname search and search on these surnames even if they are not familiar to you.  These are early 1700 Virginia, Maryland and NC names so it is very possible that your line brickwalls before you get back that far.  You can then use these matches as a tool to try to bring the research down to your earliest known ancestors.  If you have how to questions go to our Project 5 Google site , https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112423355865987793500?cfem=1, and someone will help you. 
I did a land search on the Crawley/Crowley’s and here is a list of surnames to explore.  
Glady run
John Cox

Strong
Cape
Sherwood
David Crawley Surry Co Meherrin
John Walls
Willaim Crawley

Prince George
 Otterdam’s and Reduni’s Quarter Branches adjoining Thos Clemmonds Laughlin Flyn, &c.
Deep Creek
Nottoway River, and on both sides of Walls Run between Peter Mitchell and Abraham Jones.
 Sweathouse Fork of Deep Creek between his own Thomas Simons

Amelia County.
    Grantee(s): Watson, William and Crawley, Willm.

Location: Lunenburg County.
    Description: 400 acres on both sides of the North Fork of Little Otter River.
Little Otter
John Phelps
Aaron Burleson
John Harvy/Harvey
Richard Randolph this is 14000 large grant
Benjamin Orrick
William Calloway
John Mount
Joel Meadows
Echols
Nathaniel Clarke
Robert Ewing
George Walton
William Swanson
Benjamin Harris
Merry Carter
John Talbot
William Quarles
Edward Harris
Off of Celeste, I am just suggesting Jones.  Her line is Richard Blevins 1785 and Mary Jones of Tennessee who migrated to Carroll Co., Arkansas.  She has other lines that came out of Ga as do the Crowleys’ so that could be a connection to explore.  So heads up to everyone who is looking for Georgia connections that would be in the late 1700-1850 time period.
I have had a really interesting morning.  In addition to the project, I am still trying to break through my own personal brick walls in various line.  I have a Thompson grandmother that comes with a very interesting “Indian “ story.  http://www.thetroyhistoricalsociety.org/stories/biograph/biog-fl/1477.htm
Sally has a child out of wedlock, said to be the result of a rape by an indian.  We finally have one male descendent to test and his YDNA is not Thompson, as should be expected but is likely a SC Quaker or fringe Quaker.  So we turned to autosomal testing to at a minimum prove that we are all related.  Now one of this group matches one of our Project 5 participants.  This opens up the New England Colonial group.  So does anyone with New England, NY or Pa ancestors have any Thompson connections?  I hope to have  a list by next Friday (3 days vacation so not sure how efficient I can be) but if we get some response from this request, we could have a good handle.  My thinking is that we are going to find a group that migrated out of New England and settled in the Southern States.
I have posted some of my favorite land deed and military resources on the Project 5 Google. https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112423355865987793500?cfem=1 
This is a private group so please just ask to be added. 
Also, the Adoptees have had a new member join their group.  It was so much fun to read their emails as they are finding that some of them already knew each other.  The Project 5 Google is also the primary link for them  to use for networking.  If you have anyone in  your family that has an adoption that they are interested in finding out if DNA testing will benefit them, direct them to this us and this group.  They do not have to be part of the project to be a part of the Adoptees Outreach efforts.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Update- October 11, 2013



Time for another update and there is a lot to go over.

The first is that we now have an online Blog.  I have Blogged in the past but this will be more like website and place to deposit and share resources.  I am not great at knowing how to promote or make it more accessible but hopefully, some of you will teach me.  I am sending out the link at the bottom of this post and have put a gadget for you “to join” using your email address.  I can also add an RSS feed if anyone wants it but I really do not know what it is.  I know what email is.

Also Kurt Harvey has set us up with a Google+ group.  This is new to me but another good resource for reaching out; the more that we can find each other and help each other the better.  I can see this as a good teaching tool for anyone who wants to learn how to do more.  He has set up with three categories so far: General Ancestry Discussion, Adoptee Research Discussion and DNA Analysis Tools/Links.  I see no reason not to have similar posts on both lists like links to your DNA projects.  This will be an excellent way for us to learn from each other what techniques have and have not worked for us.  There is so little guidance on how to do this type of research or it is so over my head, that I see this as a much needed tool.  Once again if you want us to add something please do.

Please feel free to email within your subgroups and with me personally, but I feel that the online availability gives us all a chance to find jewels of information that open up doors that we are unaware are there.  Also, it is nice place to visit at your convenience.

We now have a total of four subgroups.  Blevins, Quakers and Anabaptist, Early Colonial Families- Southern and Early Colonial Families- New England.  There are surname names listed on the Blog so please refer to that page for an update.  Just a reminder, many New England families migrated south and that could be your brick walls so do not ignore that group just because most of your family is in other states and not know to have lived in New England.

This week’s success story gives us an insight into several genealogy mysteries.  We have a group of Harris descendants and Pat Clare is an admin at the Harris YDNA project.  Marsha Moses’ late husband Jack is a match in our group. The problem that exists is that he matches group # 27 which is a smaller group.  Then while not part of this shared segment, I also match Marsha, herself, and Pat on other chromosomes, so we also have a common set of grandparents. 

I will attempt to keep this simple. Here is Marsha’s line that we need to connect to the project.
Harris line was in Amelia Co. until 1778, when William Harris bought land in Halifax Co, VA in the vicinity of Difficult Creek.  James Harris and a John Harris followed in 1779 and bought land from him, William and James both designated as "of Amelia Co."  This John Harris stayed only a few years and then disappeared from Halifax Co. records.  About 1798 William and at least one of his sons moved to Stokes Co, NC and then moved just a few miles north into southeastern Patrick Co. on Russells Creek by 1803.
If you have relatives in any of these locations, regardless of surnames, please let us know.  Neighbors are a good resource for solving brick walls and finding other relationships.  You may match other of Jack’s relatives.

Then, I have this list from Henings that is about payroll during the French and Indian War
 Hening's Statute at Large in Halifax Co., VA in 1758
[Date: 1758]
To
John Harris, John Rice, Thomas Norton, Thomas Fern, John
Harris, Jun. John Wade, Benjamin Croley, Richard Moore,
Archibald Thompson, John Blevins, Clement Lee,
Wells Ward,
Nathaniel Hendley, John Sturd, James Sturd, William Blevins,
Jun.
Josiah Cox, Ningum Prator, Nehemiah Prater, John Blevins,
Sen. William Asher
, and John Garcer, 23s. each,

It is more likely that I match this Harris but Marsha has already proven this is not her Jack’s family.  And I do match his Harris.  As I was back in Colonial Maryland records (we need to list these links to resources, new page…) and then Quaker records, I found where John Harris married Rebecca Plummer, a descendent of my Plummers.  This made me go over them in my database one more time and I found something that I had not noticed.  My Plummer line.  My Susannah Plummer who married Francis Swanson, daughter Susannah married George Wells descendent of an YDNA proven group. 

Bear with me; I think it will be worth it.  Then Susannah Plummer’s parents are Thomas Plummer and Eliza Stockett, daughter of Thomas Stockett and Mary Wells’s daughter of Richard Wells.  This is another proven late 1600-1700 Wells in Maryland that is DNA proven and not related to the Thomas Wells line.
It took three generation for there to be a marriage between these two families that ties two completely Wells line together.  So when a person descends from this George Wells and Susannah Swanson or their sibling Joseph Wells and Margaret Swanson, 1725, they will carry the DNA of two completely different DNA Wells families. 

In the Henning’s list above Wells Ward, who is a descendent of George Wells and Susanna Swanson and John Harris and John Harris Jr. all carry Richard Wells DNA.  My James Blevins is not in this list but he is listed separate so just was not in this event for pay and the other Blevins are all connected


I am putting out the call this week for any Halifax Co VA descendants.   Here is a Roster list.
1758 Militia Roster of Halifax County, Virginia
Name: Abraham Maury
Rank: Col.
Name: Arch. Thompson
Rank: Private
Name: Benj. Croley
Rank: Private
Name: Clement Lee
Rank: Private
Name: Danl. Durbin
Rank: Private
Name: Danl. Newman
Rank: Private
Name: Edward Peregoy
Rank: Private
Name: Geo. Young
Rank: Private
Name: Hugh Harris
Rank: Ensign
Name: Huncrest Scarlock
Rank: Private
Name: James Blevins
Rank: Private
Name: James Dillard
Rank: Captain
Name: James Dillard
Rank: Lieutenant
Name: James Elkin
Rank: Sergeant
Name: James Sturd
Rank: Private
Name: John Blevins
Rank: Private
Name: John Blevins
Rank: Sr.; Private
Name: John Childers
Rank: Private
Name: John Edwards
Rank: Sergeant
Name: John Frederick Pickle
Rank: Private
Name: John Garcer
Rank: Private
Name: John Harris
Rank: Jr.; Private
Name: John Harris
Rank: Private
Name: John Harris
Rank: Private
Name: John Lewis
Rank: Private
Name: John Lindsey
Rank: Private
Name: John Rice
Rank: Private
Name: John Rice
Rank: Private
Name: John Sillivant
Rank: Private
Name: John Sturd
Rank: Private
Name: John Talbot
Rank: Private
Name: John Wade
Rank: Private
Name: John Williams
Rank: Private
Name: Joseph Morton
Rank: Private
Name: Josiah Cox
Rank: Private
Name: Nath. Hendley
Rank: Private
Name: Nath. Terry
Rank: Private
Name: Nehemiah Prator
Rank: Private
Name: Ningum Prator
Rank: Private
Name: Pearce Gwin
Rank: Private
Name: Peter Manin
Rank: Private
Name: Peter Wilson
Rank: Captain
Name: Rich. Moore
Rank: Private
Name: Robert Wade
Rank: Jr.; Captain
Name: Robt. Wooding
Rank: Captain
Name: Silas Ratcliff
Rank: Private
Name: Thos. Callaway

Name: Thos. Edwards
Rank: Private
Name: Thos. Fern
Rank: Private
Name: Thos. Fern

Name: Thos. Gallaway
Rank: Ensign
Name: Thos. Green
Rank: Lieutenant
Name: Thos. Norton
Rank: Private
Name: Thos. Norton
Rank: Private
Name: Thos. Spragin
Rank: Lieutenant
Name: Thos. Wollin
Rank: Private
Name: Wells Ward
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Asher

Name: Wm. Blevins
Rank: Jr.; Private
Name: Wm. Blevins

Name: Wm. Cox
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Edwards
Rank: Lieutenant
Name: Wm. Murfee
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Ratcliff
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Rickle
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Satterwhite
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Seales
Rank: Private
Name: Wm. Simmons
Rank: Private

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