Thanks for explaining it to me. I had understood
that the male line would be tested but not how from it
the maternal line would also be involved.
Since our McGowan, Braxton, and Worthington
families, not to mention Cannon, Dail and numerous
others, are so intermarried, we would definitely have
to go back beyond our arrival in this country to learn
As you know my first questions were about my
McGowan line, who was my great grandfather and how
could I prove it?
William William McGowan was my great uncle. His
brother Lemuel, Sr. was my great grandfather. His
brother Archibald was my great uncle. His other
brother was also my great uncle.
Lemuel McGowan, Jr. married his Uncle William
William McGowan's daughter Lydia. They had no children
as far as I have been able to learn.
Then Lemuel Jr.'s sister Jacky Ann McGowan has a
child in 1879, and that child, Jenny S[ecession]
McGowan is identified as "grandchild" in the household
of Lemuel McGowan, Sr. and Perlina Moore McGowan where
Jacky still resides. She is listed as "single" in the
1880 census along with her sisters still living there.
If Mama had not told me, later census records
would have told me that Jenny was the daughter of
Jacky Ann--notably the 1900 Nash County Census I
stumbled upon by accident and the 1910 Pitt County
Census where both were living in the household of
Alfred Worthington, the previously widowed Jenny's new
If I had stumbled upon the 1900 Nash County
Census prior to learning that Jenny's husband's last
name was ANDERSON, seeing Jenny Anderson in that
census would have rung no bell. Sometimes
circumstances simply fall into place at the right
The McGowan line is further complicated by
Jenny's marriage to Alfred Worthington who was the son
of Alfred Worthington, Sr. and Sarah Frances McGowan.
Sarah Frances and Jacky Ann were first cousins.
What confirmed Jenny's parentage for me was the
listing of Ken McGowan on one of Jenny's marriage
licenses. I knew that this was William Kinsey McGowan
when W.K. was further identified with "also known as
Ken" when named as one of the heirs of George Moore,
his maternal grandfather, along with his brother
Take the much-argued case of Thomas Jefferson's
descendants which first sparked my interest.
Did he or did he not father children by Sally
Hemmings, his wife's half sister and part Negro?
What the DNA came down to was that the Hemmings
had Jefferson DNA and were finally allowed to
participate in the Jefferson family reunion.
Since for whatever reason nobody could prove that
it was Thomas Jefferson himself, instead of an uncle
or nephew or whoever, who had fathered the Hemmings
line, there remain vocal defendants of Thomas
Jefferson himself as a man who would never have
fathered an out-of-wedlock child or who would never
have fathered a child with his deceased wife's half
sister or, again, whatever or whoever.
What puzzles me, then, is how does a DNA service
like the one Maury Povich supposedly uses identify
positively who is the father of every disputed case
brought to his show? A few times the reputed fathers
were brothers and in one case twins.
Is it possible to identify which of a set of
twins or a set of identical twins is the father of a
Do you know? Later, Carol
--- Paula Baker <paulabaker69@...
> I joined the BakerDNA.net project and my father
> submitted his DNA for Y
> testing. We matched a man whose ancestor was
> William Baker b. abt 1800 from
> Greene Co NC. My James Baker b. 1804 from Greene
> Co NC is my earliest
> ancestor. Only men can participate in this Y
> testing since women do not
> have Y chromosomes. One thing that was useful is
> that now we know that the
> Baker men did father the children down to Cliff
> Baker and down to my father
> Louis. We know that because we matched. Right now
> we are a two person
> group on the BakerDNA.net site. Look for "Bakers
> with ties to Greene Co."
> Click either number and you can see our lines. Go
> to www.familytreedna.com
> and see if there is a surname project going on for
> your surname. What we
> are hoping for now is a match, perhaps from Maryland
> or Virginia or a
> different county in NC. The group my father tested
> in is R1b. The Moses
> Baker, Elizabeth Brown line from Edgecombe, tested
> in the J group. R1b and
> J are two of several haplogroups in the Y testing
> testing that indicate what
> region of the world your DNA could have come from.
> We also had my father's MtDNA tested, which is
> really useless for genealogy.
> That traces his mother's mother's mother's
> dna......way back to early
> times. That just tells approx. what region of the
> world that person or
> group came from. I'm not sure I would do that
> again. And, that doesn't
> test MY dna since I got my mtdna from my mother.
> This can sometimes, but
> not always, tell you race very far back. A lot of
> us came from Europe of
> course. The mapping process for this project is
> very complicated and the
> results we got were European, but the lower part of
> Europe perhaps. Then a
> woman wrote to me telling me that a few people in my
> "group" were claiming
> Native American ancestry. I'm not interested in
> that much complexity.
> Perhaps this info will be helpful later.
> Paula Anne Baker
> Researching BAKER, MANNING, TYSON, STOCKS AND OTHERS
> in Pitt County NC and
> Greene County NC
> and COLE, NORMAN, WHITE, SUTTON AND OTHERS in SC,
> GA, and LA
> "We are not free, separate, and independent
> entities, but like links in a
> chain, and we could not by any means be what we are
> without those who went
> before us and showed us the way."
> Thomas Mann
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