The DNA results are beginning to come in now from Family Tree DNA for the Hatteras Family Reconstruction project. This is focused on Hatteras Island in current Dare, former Hyde and Currituck Counties in NC.
As they do, we 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.
The Flowers gentleman who took this DNA test did not test at Family Tree DNA, but elsewhere, so his results cannot be seen in our project. However, he did share his results and they are haplogroup R1b1b2, European.
He did not wish to share his genealogy publicly, but his oldest ancestor was John Flowers, born in 1725, wife Susan. This couple lived at Chicomacomico Banks on Hatteras Island. John's son John married a Sarah and had a son Christopher.
Does anyone have any further information about this John and Susan or his son John who married Sarah?