Glennis Paternity Project
By Don Taylor
Last fall I began a project to look more closely at the possibilities of figuring out who my half-sister Glennis’ biological father might be. Her closest match was a predicted second cousin, Mike. Mike had a nice, full tree. If Mike and Glennis were 2nd cousins, they would share great grandparents. I took each of Mike’s eight great-grandparents and followed their descendants to see if any of them might have been at the right place at the right time to have fathered Glennis.
See the following articles:
- 30 Sep 2016 – Biddle-Hall Branch (Glennis DNA Project – Part 4)
- 24 Aug 2016 – Anderson-Bishop Branch (Glennis DNA Project – Part 3)
- 15 Jul 2016 – Hemsworth-Morgan Branch (Glennis DNA Project – Part 2)
- 28 May 2016 – Not a Grimm Tale – So Far (Glennis DNA Project – Part 1)
Only the Hemsworth-Morgan Branch yielded any potential candidates.
This month I looked at the closest paternal matches that Glennis has on GEDMatch. The closest match to Glennis was J.C. I contacted the person managing J.C.’s kit, and he provided information for me to see his tree.
I knew I was getting close when I saw that Mike’s ancestors and J.C.’s ancestors both included the surnames Odell and Morgan and both in West Virginia. I researched J.C.’s ancestors back one more generation and found that J.C.’s 3rd great-grandparents were the same as Mikes. Four of the 3rd greats were the same. What occurred is that a brother and a sister married a sister and a brother. That makes their children double first cousins. Double first cousins should share about double the genetic material in common than regular first-cousins. As I understand things, that should push the expected common ancestor back one generation.
So, the good news is that following J.C.’s line back has convinced me that Jacob M and Elizabeth (Smith) Morgan and Joshua and Susannah (Davis) Odell are common ancestors to both Mike and J.C. Likewise, I’m confident that Glennis is descended from them as well. The bad news is that because of the double first cousin status, I am not sure which of Nathan and Belinda (Odell) Morgan’s eleven children’s descendants are the likely ancestors. It could be any of them.
I had followed one of Nathan & Belinda’s children, Mary D, and discovered two potential candidates to be Glennis’ biological father. Now, absent any new DNA Matches, I will need to follow the other ten children’s descendants looking for potential candidates.
Roy L. Huber (1932-1999)
(Potential Candidate (from the Hemsworth-Morgan Branch) analysis.)
Roy L. Huber was born on 31 August 1932 in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio (although his death record indicates he was born in Michigan).[i] He was the youngest of two (known) children of John Clifford Huber and Naomi M. Stewart. (The great-grandson of Mary D. Morgan and the 2nd great-grandson of Nathan and Belinda (Odell) Morgan.)
The 1940 Census indicates that the Huber family lived in Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan in 1930 but had moved out to Milford township by 1940, about 35 miles away.[ii]
His whereabouts in early 1953 are unknown, but I presume he was in Michigan. (When Glennis was conceived.) In 1956 and 1957, 2nd Lt. Roy L. Huber was serving with the Michigan Air National Guard. He was still in Michigan in 1990 when he appears to have invented an “auxiliary vehicle deck” for pickup trucks.[iii], [iv], [v]
He appears to have started “snowbirding” to Florida in the 1990s as he seems to have had addresses in both locations during that time. He died in North Palm Beach, Florida, on 6 November 1999.[vi], [vii]
I have not found an obituary for him. Nor have I found any evidence that he ever married or had children. He is still a possible candidate.
If you are a close relative of Roy L. Huber, I would love to hear from you through the contact form below.
- Research the other ten children of Nathan and Belinda (Odell) Morgan and determine if any are potential biological fathers for Glennis.
|Elizabeth Morgan||F||Bet. 1852-1854
|Eli H Morgan||M||Abt. 1855
|Mary D Morgan
|F||14 Jan 1858
|25 Apr 1939
|Isiah S Morgan||M||Bet. 1859-1861
|Francis Marion Morgan||M||1840||1922|
|Jacob Ellison Morgan||M||1850|
|John Wesley Morgan||M|
2. Research Roy L Huber’s brother and see if he remains a candidate.