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Subject: DNA matches--Fennattie/Thomas, John/Mahala, Thomas/Esther, Daniel of Fairfield
Date: Sat, 4 Sep 2004 19:11:13 EDT
I sure wish more folks would jump in and join the DNA surname project! Hard
to make connections (or rule them out!) without a significant number of
participants... As you probably all know by now, it has to be a male carrying the
Watts surname, it's confidential (and "junk" DNA anyway!), painless (cheek
swab--no blood!) and a lot cheaper than the media would have you believe (basic
test is $99)!!!
Although only males carry the Y-genes which are needed for the test, we
womenfolk have fathers, uncles, grandfathers, brothers we can sponsor--and it's a
great gift for anyone interested in genealogy! My dad, for instance, is 73 and
doesn't want any more "things". What he wants is ancestors! He infected me
with the genealogy bug and I try to return the favor by finding "new" old
relatives for Christmas, for birthdays, for Father's Day... I've had some
successes and some failures, but this year I want to prove some Watts info!
I found an elderly Watts cousin willing to do the testing (in this case, I
paid for it) and we seem to have 3 very close matches--at least at the lower
levels of markers! I guess I should start with my line... My oldest proven
ancestor in this line is:
THOMAS Watts b. in VA, died in AL. His antecedents are unknown... (Help!)
He married FENNATTIE Watts --said to be his cousin. Fenattie's dad was the
THOMAS Watts who married Hannah Rust BOGGESS. My dad produced a large tome of
this couple's descendants which is still available if anyone needs it. Boy,
would I like to find a DNA descendant of this line!!!
*Are there any Watts-surnamed descendants of Vinson, Presley, Josiah,
John Hughes, Jeremiah Rust or Charles Watts on this list?
JOHN Watts married MAHALA, died ca 1840 of AL. Contact person is Randy.
Randy, we're 11/12 markers! Definitely related! Not sure which John and Mahala
this is (there are 3 couples I've found with these names!) nor whether your
paper trail is solid or they fall more in the "likely" category? Please write
me and let's see what we can do?
THOMAS AND ESTHER of early VA (ca 1690-1749). Again, there's more than one
couple with these names & I wonder how certain the connection is? Contact is
Christopher Watts -- would you please contact me, Christopher? Though we're a
10/12 match, you're 11/12 with the next folks--and so am I! Probably related!
DANIEL Watts of Fairfield, SC. Don't know whether this is the test
participant or the ancestor! No dates given not contact info but we're 11/12!
Whoever you are, please write?
(Duane, Neal--can you help?)
I'd love to see upgrades on these participants to see how close our markers
are in larger numbers--I've upgraded to 25-markers and would be willing to go
to 37... I will if you will!!!
Incentive: anyone from this group who signs up or upgrades this month (and
let's me know!) gets a free DNA pin from me to give their participant (or
keep!) see: http://www.kerchner.com/dnapin.htm
(Also, anyone who can prove a direct female line to Lydia Thornton, Hannah
Rust Boggess, Fennattie Watts, Mary Myrick or other females I connect to can get
a free mtDNA pin--I might even spring for the testing!)
Trying to stimulate some interest here... There's time, if we do it this
month or next, to get results back before the present-season! (If anyone wants
to check on Native American DNA, please write. I have some info I can share...)
Hope to hear from some of you!
Cyndi in Baltimore