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Re: DNA testing
Posted by: Ralph Porter (ID *****7157) Date: May 16, 2009 at 22:46:03
In Reply to: Re: DNA testing by Joyce of 1081

Of course I haven't verified my sources! Why should I be any different! Assuming the books I've read about her linage were correct through Theodorick Bland Ruffin and Susan Murry, I'm probably OK. Everything that comes later fits census listings, R. Bolling Batte papers, Marriage records on microfilm, etc. Verification is something I was always going to go back to but I keep getting distracted with everything else. (I have attention problems plus real life keeps getting in the way of things.)

I realize the importance of verification and I also value truth over family legend. I am not so enamored of an idea that I am unwilling to see it proved false. I also recognize that I am not an expert in genealogy or anything else.

I stumbled across what I thought was a line of descent when trying to follow back one of my Feild ancestors. This was before the use of DNA became popular, perhaps around 1999 when everyone was afraid their toaster was going to take over their homes with the advent of Y2K.

My line of descent goes like this (perhaps you can tell me if Iíve gone wrong):

John Rolfe + Matoaka (I understand that Pocahontas was a nickname meaning something like ďlittle bratĒ which makes her memory even more endearing.)
Thomas Rolfe + Jane Poythress
Robert Bolling + Jane Rolfe
John Bolling + Mary Kennon
James Murry + Ann Bowling
John Murry + Susan Yates
Theodorick Bland Ruffin + Susan Murry
William F. Ruffin + Ann M. D. Cocke
John Shaw Feild + Jean Bland Ruffin
Hamilton Feild + Lucia Brodnax Owen

I canít go further without listing living individuals. I think William F. Ruffin was married twice, but since they were sisters it doesnít matter if I get the mother wrong for Jean Bland Ruffin. I saw an entry on microfilm relating to her parentage which listed her motherís first name and maiden name but I couldnít read the writing and it didnít look like either of the candidate first names I had. The last name on that entry, Cocke, was the same.

Itís my guess that with the early Virginia names in that lineup there might be some potential for more Native American DNA sources. However, based on what little testing Iíve done, anything that doesnít look Basque or central Iberian (Extremadura, Spain) should stick out like a sore thumb.

If this is an invalid linage and you can point it out, please do so!

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