The DNA results are beginning to come in now from Family Tree DNA. As they do, we'll post the genealogy and explain how this works, of course, with the hope that others will see the benefit and want to test as well. Between all of us, we can reconstruct many of the early settlers who are our ancestors - and lots of people can benefit. Here's why. When someone tests for a particular line - anyone descended from that line benefits. With mitochondrial DNA, which is the maternal line - there is little question about "who's your mother", so we assume that all descendants share the same DNA info, and those descended through females only carry the same mtdna.
On the male lines, we presume that unless there is an undocumented adoption of some sort, that the yline (paternal - surname) DNA matches all the men who carry the surname - however - because we're also skeptics and realists - and undocumented adoptions did happen - we encourage men of this line to test to be sure you match the line you think you match. Also, Native people adopted the surnames of their neighbors and those they admired - so we expect to find Native folks carrying white surnames, probably of their neighbors - but not matching the neighbors DNA - so when we post the y-lines, please consider testing if you haven't.
Kit number 128585
Participant's mother (we don't provide info this close to folks who are living)
Ella Heath Gray born 1883 in Avon, died 1978 in Avon married Devaney Farrow Jennette
Cynthia Lorene Stowe born 1853, died 1933 married John Anderson Gray
Mary Paine Midgett, born 1827, married Benjamin Stowe
This means that anyone who is descended from any of these women shares this heritage. The haplogroup is H, European, and we have the specific markers which you can see on our webpage at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/HatterasMothers/default....
. If people are at a dead end and match these markers, then we'll know which "base" family you are from. If you descend from these women, this DNA info applies to you. This is how we all share and benefit from the DNA project.
Does anyone else descend from these people? Does anyone know who Mary Paine Midgett's parents were?