Friday, May 30, 2014

Update 05/30/2014

Last week I started constructing a Bolling Spreadsheet. I had a total of 20 testers found from a Gedmatch gedcom search. After completing the segment analysis, the chromosome that occurred the most in this group was chromosome #7 starting at 86,000,000.

I have seen this segment a lot in the past nine months so I decided to go through all my spreadsheets to see what other families it occurred in.

Next step was to go through all of my spreadsheets to see if it occurs in other families. They include Bean, Blevins, Buffington, Bunch, Hollingsworth, Jackson, McClure, Bushyhead, Harlan, Little, Mooney, Moody, Tarpley, Cottrell, Matthews, Kingfisher, Dunn, McCarty, Pace, Pugh, Sizemore, Stewart, Troxell, Vaughn/Vaughan and Wells. That is 25 out of 44 spreadsheets and when I combine that with the Bolling spreadsheets that is a grand total of 28 out of 44, over 50%.

Some of the testers were in multiple spreadsheets and I stumbled on a nice new search for Window8 but it may work on other versions or Mac. Using the file manager, I just searched for the email address of the tester in my “Genealogy Folder” and they were found in each and every spreadsheet and some were in up to five different families. This does not mean that they are absolutely direct line descendents because I do not verify that until I am working on a special project like this.

Next step was to add back in to this new Chromosome 7 spreadsheet all of the X chromosome matches that carry the Chromosome 7...86,000,000 series. This added an additional nine testers. My goal is to find exactly which surnames these descendents that share a grandmother may fall. Already up to 30 testers to analysis, I decide to divide down to smaller groups of focus. Because they are color coded it is not too difficult to see which numbers are occurring the most often. I chose the Chromosome 1... 40,000,000 series resulting in a group of 16 tester that represent McClure, Blevins, Pace, Bunch, Troxell, Speer, Sizemore, Moody, Harlan and two Bollings, a Pocahontas descendent and one that has a Blevins grandmother that I match on the X chromosome. I have not added the Bolling back in at this point.

From what I already know from my family history is that Blevins, Bean, Bunch, Troxell, Sizemore and Bolling is definite family grouping. I also know that McClure, Speer and Harlan all belong together. That leaves me with Moody and Pace not sure where they will fit in. I now take this group and see if they do divide into these groups. I found that there was not one individual segment that they consistently shared other than the two that were already defined across the board for all three groups. So I regrouped my analysis and found that there were two distinct Chromosome 1...segment 40, 000.000 testers. One group starts with 44,000,000 while the other starts with 48,000,000. I had three that matched with the 48,000,000 group but originated in the 50,000,000 range as the 48,000,000 ended in the 53,000,000s. I made them a third group.

In this grouping the families that match are McClure, Sizemore, Moody, Pace and Harlan. Sizemore and Harlan have known Native American lines while the McClure and Moody lines are married into so there would be a possibility of a very early shared grandparents. As for Pace, I am not sure of any know Native American Heritage but it is an original Jamestown family with strong alliances with the Native Americans. This was discovered in the early days of the Blog with our original matches, so search on Pace for more on this family history including links to some wonderful history. The second group includes the Blevins, Bean, Bunch Troxell and gained Pace in this group. Those that moved out was one specific Blevins, Speer and the Bolling/Pocahontas matches. Three out of the four of these match on Chromosome 1 segment 97,000,000 series and a different three match on Chromosome 8 15,000,000 a very prolific Bolling segment.

Gedmatch has been down again and I need to confirm the family relationships before I can go much further. Dental surgery and pain killers in my future and since I have been known to crash a computer under these conditions, I hopefully will be back in the saddle in time for next week.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Update 05/23/2014

This past week has been one of those weeks that everywhere I turned, I ended up someplace totally different. I finally gave up and just went where the names led me and into the nightmare called “Bolling”. This family has been so very thoroughly researched that even they have just decided that to not agree. So what would autosomal bring.

We all know people who just love to have someone important as an ancestor and you probably can't get anyone more popular than Pocahantas. Lots of facts about her and she only had one son, so how did they end up with “Red”, “White” and “Blue” Bolings. Here is a site that explains it better than I can.

YDNA has shown that they do not all have the same YDNA but that does not mean that they may not be related. All families have their little “oops” and new YDNA Haplos are established within one family. So I no longer give it a lot of weight. If it becomes important, I deal with at that time.

But this became more of a project in “how” to do something rather in the results. The results are still a work in progress.

I began by doing a Gedmatch for Pocahontas, Rolfe and Boling and put them all in one spread sheet. Then I started matching the chromosome segments. Matches were all over the place but certain segments began to stand out. I began to wonder if there were some chromosome segments that occurred in all the testers. There were 14 segments that they all shared, so my thoughts were that these were “Bollling” markers. So I eliminated them. I realized I was looking for the women to divide them into families.

Next, I tested each of them to see if they matched me on my X chromosome. I was down to fourteen entries and I only have Bollings by marriage that I know of and I have no history on any of these fourteen people. Now I can divide them into smaller groups and see if their personal research matches each other. I will keep an open mind that some of this is already controversial. Six of the fourteen all match on Chromosome 8 so I started with them.

I had their Gedcom Ids, so I went to Gedmatch and using the Match 2 Gedcoms I began the comparisons. When you have a match, there is an icon that looks like a football goal with arrows in the middle. Click on it and it gives you the direct line back to the match. This is really helpful. There are issues such as if it is verifiable or copied off the internet but that can be addressed once you know you want to follow up on them. It does not give wives etc with this tool but I go back for that one I know I really want to to do more with this line. But I had one gal, who just kept coming up as having all these people in her gedcom but there were not her direct ancestor. It was just puzzling. I pulled on up and they shared Sizemores, Boling and a lot of odd names that I knew. What is going on?

I looked at her name and she was a Johnson. Could it be my Grandma, Emma Belle Johnson Wenrick's Johnsons? I have a big brick wall with them. So off I go.

I actually got back two more generation and found out I am a Mendenhall!

So...I am putting the call out. Anybody out there with Mendenhalls?


I decided to try this new method on my Blevins. I began a spreadsheet of all Blevins that I match on my X Chromosome for a result of ten testers. Only four had gedcoms posted on line so I have to verify their earliest known Blevins before any further matches can be made.   

Friday, May 16, 2014

Update – 05/16/2014


I hope others will not get too tired hearing about the Blevins but that is one of my core families that I research and they really are not a boring history. We know that we a YDNA match to the Blevins in New England. There are others have researched these New England families but I am personally too stubborn to skip generations so I am starting in Maryland. Just one of my many quirks, but we are close to opening that door which leads to more Indians and Salem Witch Trials.

Our earliest official presence is 1733 Maryland is with the Cox, Walling and Wells families. By 1737, they are all moving to Goochland Va. Considering last weeks, new genealogical findings and DNA studies we finally made it back to the “legendary Ann Bunch”. She has always been one of the options presented as a wife of William Blevins born about 1695 and possibly the guy who left New England but there is not a William listed with Elisha Walling in MD. But what we do have is in Md is “they had no tobacco burnt” was important and John Bunch raised tobacco. Is this how the families met? Does anyone know more about the courts of Maryland the burning of tobacco? Let me know and I will share it or simply put it in the comments.

On Ancestry.com, if you search in the Card Catalog for “Pioneers of Old Monacy” you will find the 1733 tax list”: Daniel and James Blavin, Brewer, Peter, John Cox, John Davis, John Dobbins/Sr, John Dobbins, Jr, John and Thomas Dowthit, Redmond Falling, James and John Harland, Charles, Joshua, and Solomon Hedges, John Hugh, John Jackson, Humbertson Lyon, Chidley, James and George Matthews, George, John and William Moore, John Roberts, William Shephard Jr., James and William Spurgeon, Richard Story, Van Swearington, Flower Swift, Elisha, James, William Walling, James Right ( White). This is not a complete list and if you cannot access, we would be glad to do a look up for you.

If you love Revolutionary War history, Flower Swift Militia is a must to check this out if you have western Virginia families. Fantastic militia lists. http://www.newrivernotes.com/carroll_history_1779-1783_flower_swift_company.htm

Pioneers of Old Monacy also has a chapter on the Quakers with maps of the various settlements.
Ballengers, Wrights, Mendenhall, Matthews, Plummer, Davis, Farquhar... Brown, Kirk, England, Churchman, visitors, Belt, Clagget, Darnell, Richardson, Thompson, Richard Davis who sported 4 wives and 22 children, George Williams and John Beals, Alexander Ross and Morgan Bryan who secured a 100,000 grant that becomes Augusta Va and then they settle in Rowan Co North Carolina. Morgan Bryan is one of my Grandfather but is better known as Daniel Boone’s father in law.

As these groups move inland into Virginia, many begin their family careers as Hunters and Traders and produce most of the Long-hunters and Indian Traders that moved throughout the entire south east. There contacts that they had made in their early coastal towns supplied them with the network that allowed them to bring their good or if farmers their crops to the coast to be sold in England.

Please let us know if you connect to any of these families or places. You can email me or add it in the comment section below.