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.
This is for kit 163574.
2. participant's father
3. Harold Clifford Jennett b 1913 Franklin Co., Tn d 1984 married Vera unknown and Lillian Edna Wheeler
4. Joseph or Richard Hezekiah Jennett b 1858 Franklin Co., Tn. and died in 1945, married Nettie Johnson and Elizabeth Hargrove
5. Joseph W. Jennett b 1816 Hyde Co., NC died Franklin Co., tn. married Elizabeth Nickens
Joseph Jennett had a brother named Robison Jennett. If anyone has any more information about this family, please let us know.
This Jennett line is believed to connect to the older Hatteras Island Jennette family, but it is as yet unproven. We would very much like to have another Jennette line test that is proven from Hatteras Island or that family.
Roberta Estes firstname.lastname@example.org