This message is directed to the cousins and researchers of the branch of Henry "Tal" & Abigail (UNKNOWN) SIZEMORE from SC, who were in GA by 1824 and residents of Gwinnett Co, GA, by 1827:
We are seeking individuals from this branch to donate DNA samples for the SIZEMORE surname DNA project. The eligible candidate must be a male whose surname is SIZEMORE. This is because the specific test employed analyzes the Y chromosome, which is passed (usually unaltered) from father to son over a number of generations. Besides illuminating to which among the other lines already tested the line of Tal is most nearly kin, the results might reflect on whether my ancestor, George Washington SIZEMORE (b. ca. 1792 SC), who married Rhoda UNKNOWN, is closely allied with the Tal line. Some have speculated that, because George and his family were in Gwinnett Co. in 1830, he is a likely candidate to be a son of Tal and Abigail. One donor (#3828) is known to be a direct descendant of George & Rhoda, and another (#14286) is believed to be, as well.
We are seeking male SIZEMORES who are direct descendants of one of the following known sons of Tal and Abigail (note - the name of Benton Co, AL, changed in 1852 to Calhoun Co, AL):
--> Henry (Jr.) SIZEMORE (1791 SC-1856 Calhoun Co, AL), m. Martha HYTE (ca. 1805-1876), resided in Gwinnett Co, GA (1827), Carroll Co, GA (1830, 1840), Benton Co, AL (1850).
--> Thomas SIZEMORE (b. ca. 1800 SC), wife's name not known, resided in Gwinnett Co, GA (1827, 1830), Carroll Co, GA (1840), Benton Co, AL (1850). Note: it is suspected, but not proved, that William Green SISEMORE (1836 GA-1909 LA), who m. Mary DAVIS and went from AL to Jackson Parish, LA, was a son of Thomas. If we could get a male descendant of William Green and compare his results with a male descendant of one of Thomas' brothers whose lineage is more clearly established, we might be able to discern whether or not William Green could indeed be Thomas' son.
--> James SIZEMORE (b. ca. 1802 SC), m. Virginia Jane SMITH (b. ca. 1808), resided in Gwinnett Co, GA (1830, 1832, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1880)
--> Ephraim SIZEMORE (b. ca. 1804 SC), m. Tabitha MITCHELL (b. ca. 1813), resided in Gwinnett Co, GA (1832, 1840, 1850, 1860 - widow still there 1870)
--> William SIZEMORE (b. c.a 1810 SC), m1. Margaret SMITH, m2. Elizabeth "Betsy" BARNETT, resided in Gwinnett Co, GA (1830, 1832), Benton Co, AL (1850).
(Above dates and locations per Georgia Land Lotteries and federal census records - if anyone wishes more detailed sources, please contact me directly.) There is a cost for the test, which is at a reduced rate because of our surname study. If there is anyone who is willing to participate, but cannot afford to pay for a test, we have set up a fund to help cover some or all of the cost of the test for some individuals. Folks who are ineligible to provide DNA but would like to contribute are welcome to donate to the fund if you wish. If anyone can help or make suggestions as to how we might locate and persuade SIZEMORE men from this branch to participate, it would be a great help - thanks!
John in TX
P.S. The results of the SIZEMORE surname DNA project to date can be viewed at:
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