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DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 16

It’s a new first cousin.

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After years of researching, we are getting closer to determining my half-sister’s (Glennis) biological father. In AncestryDNA matches, Glennis had a new match with a woman, I’ll call “A,” with whom Glennis shares 1,045cM across 33 segments. Wow, other than me, this is now Glennis’ closest relation and “A” shares no DNA with me proving that the match is on her paternal line.

DNA Painter has a tool that provides possible relationships for various amounts of shared DNA. It indicates that is it a 100% probability that 1,045 cM of shared DNA is one of seven potential relationships, great-grandparent, Great-Aunt, Half-Aunt, 1st Cousin. Because “A” is only a few years older than Glennis, I tentatively believe “A” is a 1st cousin.

The good news is that I have already researched this potential family line and saw “A” on my tree. First cousins share grandparents, which suggests that Glennis’ grandparents are Joseph Franklin Stewart (1875-1940) and Stella Belinda Hemsworth (1883-____). In previous research, I had considered that two of Joseph and Stella’s grandchildren were very likely candidates. However, if that were the case then “A” would be a 1st cousin, once removed. First cousins once removed share between 141 and 851 cM of DNA, so “A” must be closer than that.

Joseph and Stella had five sons that I know about. One of them is “A’s” father and can’t be Glennis’ father – “A” would then be a half-sibling and doesn’t share enough DNA to have that relationship. That leaves four sons as potential candidates. (Note: there is a nine-year gap in ages between two of the boys lending itself to the possibility of other candidates.)

Picking any of the four boys as the father, I need to look and see if all of the other DNA matches fit an expected DNA amount. (If not, then the relationship between Glennis and “A” must be one of the other possible relationships.)

Shared DNA Consistent?

Individual Tree Relationship DNA Shared Range/Consistent?
“A” 1st Cousin 1,045 553-1,225 – Yes
“B” 1st Cousin Once Removed 416 141-851 – Yes
“RB” 1st Cousin Twice Removed 271 43-531 – Yes
“ML 2nd Cousin 201 46-515 – Yes
“KL” 1st Cousin Twice Removed? 195 43-531 – Yes
“SH” Unknown 178 N/A
“BR” 2nd Cousin 173 46-515 – Yes

So, if one of the uncles of “A” is Glennis’ biological father, then all of the known matches fit that relationship. The next step is to take a look at “A’s” uncles and determine if any or all of them are likely to have been in the right place at the right time to be Glennis’ biological father.


PS: If you are a descendant of Joseph Franklin Stewart (1875-1940) and Stella Belinda Hemsworth (1883-____), please consider testing with AncestryDNA® and help us determine who might be Glennis’ father.

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ThruLines – William Henry Brown – Part 4

ThruLines Thursday
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By Don Taylor

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In Part 4 of my ThruLinestm analysis of my 2nd great-grandfather, William Henry Brown, I’m looking closely at the matches descended from Edward Waberton Brown. Ed was born in Dakota Territory in 1884 shortly after his parents moved from Saline, Michigan to the Dakota Territory. North Dakota became a state five years later, in 1889. Edward married Dertha Merkel on 3 November 1901. The two had 13 (or 14) children. Five of those children have descendants that have tested with Ancestry. I was surprised to learn that all five were females. Three of the individuals are 2nd cousins once removed (105, 97, & 70 cM shared), one is a 3rd cousin (37 cM shared), and one is a 3rd cousin once removed (18 cM shared). All five share an amount of DNA with me that I would expect based upon the relationship.[i]

Cousin via Lenora B. Brown

“CJ” has minimal tree on Ancestry. It does provide his/her parents names and his or her maternal grandmother’s name which links him to Edward Warberton Brown. There were no new facts regarding “CJ’s” ancestors nor sources for the facts held. As such, I was only able to add him to my list of cousins (with a note of the amount of DNA we share).

Cousin via Edna Winnifred Brown

“JC” has a very minimal tree on Ancestry. It does provide his/her parents names and his maternal grandfather’s name. There were no sources for any of his/her facts. As such, I was only able to add him to my list of cousins.

Cousin via Virginia M. Brown

“BP” has a nice tree that clearly connected to Virginia Marion Brown to Edward Waberton Brown, and to Henry William Brown. Thanks to the tree of “BP” I was able to identify three new cousins, including “BP.”

Cousin via Ada Brown

“GH” is a 3rd cousin, with whom I share 37 cM across 4 segments, is a double cousin.  We share William Henry and Marion (Sanford) Brown; we also share Enoch and Minerva Ann (Tolliver) Mannin (my 2nd great-grandparents). These lines are not related to each other, but many of their descendants are related to both. “GH” was the only cousin I was able to add to my tree.

Cousin via Emma Cecelia Brown

“AD” is a 3rd cousin, once removed, with whom I share 18 cM on one segment of DNA. I had much of this person’s tree already as I had researched some of this line previously. It is another case where two brothers (Harry and Floyd) married two sisters (Emma and Ruth Brown) and I had reviewed Floyd and Ruth previously. I was able to follow this line down to “AD” and add 12 new cousins to my tree, including “AD.”

Conclusion

If you are a descendant of Edward Warberton Brown (ca. 1884-1965) please consider testing with Ancestry DNA; it is an excellent genealogical resource and can help you broaden your tree too. I’d love to learn how we are related.

All of my ThruLines posts are listed under the ThruLines Thursday category. Continue reading “ThruLines – William Henry Brown – Part 4”

ThruLines – Part 7 – Nimrod Lister

ThruLines Thursday
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In Part 7 of my ThruLinestm analysis, I’m looking closely at matches with my 2nd great-grandparents, Nimrod Lister and Malinda Evans. To the best of my knowledge, Nimrod and Malinda had 9 children together.  ThruLinestm indicated that descendants of two of Nimrod and Malinda’s children have tested with Ancestry DNA and have trees on Ancestry. First Marada Alice Lister, my great-grandmother. I looked at those descendants in my initial ThruLinestm posting. The other child with descendants in ThruLines is William L. Lister and there are six DNA Matches among those individuals.

My records indicated that William Lemuel and Laura May (Robertson) Lister had 12 children. I know that two of the twelve died very young. I have names for the other 10 and birth and death years for four of them. Three of those 10 appear to have descendants in ThruLines.

Jesse Carl Lister (1897-1959) – The oldest child. I know nothing of his wife or children.  ThruLinestm indicates there four DNA matches, all through his daughter Martha Sue Lister (1927-1982).  Three of them would be third cousins and one a third cousin, once removed.  According to DNAPainter, I should expect a third cousin to share between 0 and 217cM of DNA with an average of 74.

?G, JG, KG, share 23, 15, & 17cM respectively and the 3C1R shares 35cM with me, so the DNA Shared is within the expected range. Information regarding Martha Sue Lister is well documented and well sources, so I accept “?G’s” entries for her mother, aunts, uncles, and siblings and have incorporated them into my tree for 8 new cousins added.

Alta Juanita Lister (1910-1959) – The seventh child of William and Laura Lister. ThruLines indicates there is one DNA match via Alta. “EP” would be another 3rd cousin and shares 70cM of DNA with me—a bit more than the expected amount.

My records indicated that Alta was born c. 1910, married an “unknown” Perry and died c. 1959.

Cousin EP’s agrees with my data regarding Alta and provides exact dates of birth, marriage, and death. It is documented with 11 sources, so I feel comfortable accepting EP’s info regarding his parents and grandmother, Alta. So, I was able to add 7 more cousins (primarily aunts, uncles, and siblings of EP) to my tree thanks to my DNA Match with EP and ThruLines.

Mary Gertrude Lister (____ – ____ )—the third child of William & Laura Lister. I did not have her birthdate but I did believe her husband’s surname was Maier.  Ancestry is indicating that CK and I are 3rd cousins 2x removed, sharing45 cM of DNA across 3 segments. That is slightly above the average of 35 cM expected and well within the range of 0-116 that is expected.

CK does not have a viable tree to evaluate. The pedigree suggested by Ancestry indicates that Mary Gertrude Lister married four times, Ralph Dewey Miller, Rexford Vance, Valentine E. Maier, and “Trego.” Because of a lack of documentation linking CK and Mary Gertrude Lister, I am uncomfortable accepting the Ancestry proposed relationship. As such, I will contact CK and see if he has a tree someplace else.

Conclusion

It was a good morning. I was able to add 15 new cousins to my three that I feel comfortable are related.

If you are a descendant of Nimrod and Malinda (Evans) Lister. please consider testing with Ancestry DNA; it is an excellent genealogical resource and can help you broaden your tree too. I’d love to learn how we are related.

All of my ThruLinestm posts are listed under my ThruLines Thursday category.



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