Bondsman Henry Evans

In my last post, I told you about FamilySearch’s microfiche containing a record of Nancy Evans’ marriage to Elijah Gumbs Boon.  In it, two individuals were listed who I thought might help me in my search for the parents of Nancy Evans: witness Tom Hughes and bondsman Henry Evans.

Several online trees list William Evans and Sarah Hayes as the parents of Nancy Evans, but I have not found a conclusive link yet. One of the online genealogies I started with was another WordPress blog called Native American Roots that mentions William Evans and Sarah Hayes, and that William was the son of Major Evans (1733-1814), son of Charles Evans (1696-1760), son of Morris Evans the elder (1665-1739). A helpful person in the Evans DNA Project at Family Tree DNA pointed me to Deloris William’s well-known Evans of North Carolina genealogy page, which has an extensive section concerning Morris the elder.

However, I couldn’t reconcile this family being from the Orange/Granville/Wake counties area while William and Sarah were living in Northampton County.

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Northampton County NC 1741 (Nancy Evans marries Elijah Gumbs Boon 1814) Granville County NC established 1746 Orange County NC established 1752 Wake County NC established 1771

There just doesn’t seem to be an obvious connection. So I searched for Henry Evans on Deloris’ page to see if maybe he was the connection other Nancy Evans/Elijah Gumbs Boon researchers were finding.  I did find a Henry Evans:

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Deloris Williams Evans of North Carolina genealogy page- Henry Evans 1810, Wake County North Carolina

I went to FamilySearch to find this Henry Evans on the 1810 census in Wake County only to find the 1810 and 1820 census for Wake County were lost.  I found another Henry Evans on the 1810 census for Northampton County, though, who I believe is most likely the Henry Evans bondsman on Nancy and Elijah Gumbs Boon’s marriage record and a different person than the Henry Evans in Wake County NC in 1810.

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Marriage of Elijah Gumbs Boon and Nancy Evans Northampton Co NC 1814

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FamilySearch microfiche containing some information about the marriage of Elijah Gumbs and Nancy Evans 17 February 1814

It lists Henry Evans as the bondsman and Tom Hughes as the witness.  This is what The Legal Genealogist had to say about marriage bonds and bondsmen:

“When folks married without banns, however, particularly when they married some distance away from where they were known, there wasn’t the same opportunity in advance to have folks “speak up or forever hold their peace.” The bond then stepped into the breach.

What that bond actually was, then, was a form of guarantee that there wasn’t any legal bar to the marriage. Enforcing the guarantee was a pledge by the groom and a bondsman — usually a relative — to pay a sum of money, usually to the Governor of the State (or colony if earlier, or to the Crown if in Canada6), if and only if it actually turned out that there was some reason the marriage wasn’t legal.”

Stalking Elijah Gumbs/Elijah Boon of Northampton County NC

He’s not even my direct ancestor, poor guy.  The microfilm that contains the record of his marriage to Nancy Evans is at my local Family History Library, but I have a weird schedule, and they have a weird schedule so maybe I’ll see it this weekend.

Online researchers say Elijah Gumbs Boon was the son of Nicholas Boon citing Nicholas Boon’s will made “on account of Elijah Gumbs [alias?] Boon” by Joyner Boon and Thomas Boon in 1807, Northampton County, North Carolina.

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Will of Nicholas Boon made by Joyner Boon and Thomas Boon “on account of Elijah Gumbs alias Boon” at FamilySearch

Citation

“North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,” images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1940-1023338-1-0?cc=1867501 : 21 May 2014), Northampton > Wills, 1792-1808, Vol. 02 > image 202 of 212; county courthouses, North Carolina.
There seems to be some inconsistency as he is said to have been  married to Jane Waggoner in Kentucky in 1809 and Nancy Evans in 1814, Northampton County NC.  In my previous post I found a book mentioning Elijah Boon’s daughter Mary Magdalene (b. November 13, 1814 here in the book and here on Find A Grave) with conflicting information.  Both variations are reflected in numerous genealogies online.  There seems to be two Elijah Boons, one born in Lincoln County, Kentucky and one born in Northampton County, North Carolina.  This is going to be a fun weekend.

Nancy Evans and Elijah Gumbs Boon of What County, North Carolina?

In my last post, I described our recent mitochondrial DNA breakthrough and described some of the information I’ve found online, including the book History of Caldwell and Livingston Counties, Missouri 1886 in which Harriet (Boon) Bills speaks of her parents, Nancy Evans and Elijah Gumbs Boon of Northampton County, NC.  There is no mention of Nancy’s or Elijah’s parents.

I ordered Nancy and Elijah’s record of marriage on October 29 hoping it might shed some light on their parents, but while I’m waiting, I’ve looked around online. Many online genealogies conclude that Nancy’s parents were William Evans and Sarah Hayes of Wake County, North Carolina although I haven’t seen the exact evidence that ties them all together.  I feel like I can’t establish that Nancy and Elijah are in Northampton County until I see the microfilm myself.  The book I mentioned earlier says that Elijah Gumbs Boon was born in Northampton County.  Nancy’s parents were supposed to be from Wake County, North Carolina.  I’m not putting them together just yet.  Is there some sort of land record I don’t know about?  A sale of land in Wake County? A purchase of land in Northampton County?  Are they close to each other? What are the histories of these two counties?

A quick Wikipedia search says Northampton County, NC was formed in 1741 from Bertie County, so it was definitely a county when Elijah Gumbs Boon was born in 1796 and when he married Nancy Evans in 1814.  Wikipedia also says Wake County was formed later, in 1771 from Cumberland, Johnston, and Orange Counties.  I don’t have any evidence yet that the majority of these researchers are wrong, but something doesn’t feel right.  It seems like a large jump from Wake County where William Evans died in 1823 and Northampton County where his alleged daughter married Elijah Gumbs Boon in 1814.  Plus, I’ve only seen the children of William Evans and Sarah Hayes of Wake County NC as 3 sons, Henderson, Daniel, and Enoch.

The counties also don’t border each other as you can see at this website, which corroborates the Wikipedia entries for the most part.  Yes, I could be wrong but something doesn’t add up for me yet.  I hope the microfilm from Family Search comes soon and can help me figure this out.

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Sarah Evans Full Mitochondrial Sequence Match Updated

We finally received a mitochondrial DNA match on October 20th.  This person’s HVR1 and HVR2 results rolled in first, then the next day I was notified that it was a full sequence match!  Here’s a good explanation from Roberta Estes of DNA Explained on why this kind of match is significant: “Locations are extremely important when tracking mitochondrial DNA because if you match someone who is in the same area as your ancestor, then you’re close to finding your common ancestor. The records that may well prove the connection may be located in that geography as well. Some people are lucky enough to connect to a surname. Since they change every generation, the surname will likely be buried in the information of the other individual. You should ask them for their info as well, along with the areas where their ancestor lived. Don’t neglect sisters and who they married. Your ancestor’s sister may hold the key to your ancestry as well. I generally take my matches’ ancestor’s names and compare them to names in my Gedcom file to see what I find. It’s amazing how often I find something close geographically or sometimes I find their ancestor already listed as a sibling or niece or cousin of one of my ancestors. That’s powerful information.”

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Our first mitochondrial DNA match. As you all know, I have been stuck on my furthest maternal line ancestor, Sarah Evans for a while. I know Sarah Evans was married to William Brummet in Chariton County, Missouri in 1827 and that the 1850 census for Livingston County, Missouri says she was from North Carolina. I even received a notification as the project administrator for Mothers of Missouri. This was super exciting: They are descendants of Nancy Evans who married Elijah Boon in Northampton County, North Carolina in 1814 before setting off for Missouri. Nancy Evans was born in October 1796 so there would have been about a 13-year gap between her and Sarah Evans. Nancy Evans’ parents were William Evans (sometimes William Evins) and Sarah Hayes. The match does not know Sarah Hayes’ mother.

UPDATE at the bottom, full match confirmed!  Nancy Boon/Nancy Evans and Sarah Brummett/Sarah Evans were sisters!

A cursory Google search for Elijah Boon and Nancy Evans, Missouri turns up this link, a short biography about Mrs. Harriet Bills (Harriet Boone) from the book, The History of Caldwell and Livingston Counties, Missouri, 1886  mentions her parents “being Elijah and Nancy Boone, nee Evans. They were also both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in Northampton county, December 12, 1796, and by occupation was a farmer. He continued to live in the State of his birth until removing to Livingston county, Mo., in 1834. The mother was born October 12, 1796.”  A few pages before, it mentions William Wm. Brummett and Elijah Boon both living in Township 59, Ranges 24 and 25, respectively.  Our Sarah Evans and her husband William Brummett eventually end up in Livingston County.  This is where their daughter Mary Ann marries James Taylor.

This excerpt from the book History of Chariton and Howard Counties, Missouri page 459 notes Elijah Boone was one of the “old settlers” of Chariton County along with a Brummett.  This would put Elijah and Nancy Boon (Evans), and the Brummett Family in Chariton County prior to 1830.  Remember, Sarah Evans and William Brummett married in 1827 in Chariton County, Missouri.

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William Brummett, husband of Sarah Evans and Elijah Boon, husband of Nancy Evans in Chariton County, Missouri 1830.  FamilySearch

UPDATE!

Family Tree DNA’s help desk got back to me Monday, October 24 via Facebook to confirm that this is a full mitochondrial sequence match!  Sarah Evans and Nancy Evans are sisters!  When our display glitch is fixed I will add the mtDNA match picture here.  My mother also matches an AncestryDNA kit administered by user RossEddy1, both are descendants of Elijah Gumbs Boon and Nancy Evans.

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Full mitochondrial sequence match between Nancy Boon (Nancy Evans) and Sarah Brummett (Sarah Evans) confirmed!

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Family Tree DNA fixed it quickly.  This is the genealogical information sent to me by our match, this is the image I will use in our Ancestry.com family tree.

Native American DNA

I’ve mentioned my paternal grandparents on this blog before.  My grandmother on that side passed away a while back and I regret not asking her more about her life while she was alive although there was a good chance she might not have told me anything.  My grandfather is still alive and doing relatively well, so I decided to ask him if I could get a DNA sample to send to Family Tree DNA.  He agreed, but it was totally one of those “this is your only chance he won’t say yes again” kind of things.

His results came back early and revealed that he is Native American.  Pretty much just Native American.  I’m not sure if this is what he and my grandmother were hiding, but he hinted that he didn’t want to discuss the results.  I was pretty lucky to have obtained the sample.  All he’ll tell me is that he was born in Tlaxcala, Mexico.  I figured out on my own that he is using a fake name.  He confirmed this and said he dropped his Native American name a long time ago.

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Native American My Origins results – Family Tree DNA

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Clovis Anzick-1 came up as a cousin match for him, not sure what to think about the data set being included at FTDNA.

 

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MDLP World-22 Native American results at GEDmatch

Paternal grandfather’s DNA analysis using MDLP World-22 at GEDmatch. He is overwhelmingly Native American. Largest percentages:

Mesoamerican 46.03%
North Amerind 31.05%
South American Amerind 12.26%

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Native American mixed mode population sharing results MDLP World-22 at GEDmatch

 

His mixed-mode population sharing results stood out to me because his best fit populations are a mix of North and Central/South American.  He has 162 Family Finder matches and I noticed 5 matches with what appears to be exclusively Ecuadorian ancestry and 4 with Guatemalan ancestry.  Two of the Guatemalan matches were adoptees, one was somewhere between a 2nd and 3rd cousin match.

And while I have your attention…  Click here

 

Music Mood Today: La Raíz de Mi Tierra

Spanish lyrics via Google Play/English lyrics translated by Google Translate because I suck at languages.  Mine, yours, theirs, all.

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

What will become of me, if you’re not there

I come as a dream, I always believed

If I do not have here, close to me

Surround for me and I can continue

 

I want to be there

If the island sleeps

I want to see the waves

When the sea wakes

And take your air

In my blood

 

To give me time

In the pace and depth

A thirsty voice

Full of emotion

 

I bring tonight

The root of my land

I bring verses

Three people who dream

I give you the aroma and taste of my land

 

I give you time in the rhythm and depth

A voice filled with emotion thirsting

I bring tonight

The root of my land

I bring verses

Three people who dream

I give you the aroma and taste of my land

I bring my root

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

Why you lost girl

If your home is here

Here are your people and life

Your navel [umbilical] root

 

Here are your people and life

Your navel [umbilical] root

 

I went hungry myself away

Hunger to seek truth

First I lost my way

Today I turn on track

First I lost my way

Today I turn on track

 

Now I can sing you to me that bore me

I no longer feel invisible

Now I can be who I am

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I am part of you

I’ll take blood

If once I went

It was to miss you

I always come back to you

I can not refuse

You’re my part hidden

I share your avante [no good translation]

 

When my time comes

I want to go back to your belly

I will be a new seed

Urgent full of dreams

I will be a new seed

Urgent full of dreams

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I am looking where I come

What did I miss

I am looking where I come

Here is my root

 

I bring tonight

The root of my land

I bring verses

Three people who dream

I give you the aroma and taste of my land

I bring my root

 

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Qué será de mí, si no estás ahí
Vengo como un sueño, que siempre creí
Si no te tengo aquí, cerquita de mí
Para que me arropes y pueda seguir

Quiero estar ahí
Si la isla duerme
Quiero ver las olas
Cuando el mar despierte
Y llevar tu aire
Dentro de mi sangre

Para darme tiempo
En el ritmo y hondura
Una voz sedienta
Llena de emoción

Yo te traigo esta noche
La raíz de mi tierra
Yo te traigo los versos
Tres personas que sueñan
Te regalo el aroma y el sabor de mi tierra

Te regalo tiempo en el ritmo y hondura
Una voz sedienta llena de emoción
Yo te traigo esta noche
La raíz de mi tierra
Yo te traigo los versos
Tres personas que sueñan
Te regalo el aroma y el sabor de mi tierra
Traigo mi raíz

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Por qué te perdiste niña
Si tu casa es por aquí
Aquí está tu raza y vida
De tu ombligo la raíz

Aquí está tu raza y vida
De tu ombligo la raíz

Con hambre me fui yo lejos
Hambre de buscar verdad
Primero perdí mi rumbo
Hoy me vuelvo a encaminar
Primero perdí mi rumbo
Hoy me vuelvo a encaminar

Ya le puedo cantar a la que a mí me parió
Ya no me siento invisible
Ya puedo ser quien soy yo

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Soy parte de ti
Te llevo en la sangre
Si una vez me fui
Fue para extrañarte
Siempre vuelvo a ti
No puedo negarte
Tu mi parte oculta
Yo tu parte avante

Cuando llegue mi tiempo
Quiero volver a tu vientre
Seré una nueva semilla
Llena de sueños urgentes
Seré una nueva semilla
Llena de sueños urgentes

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Busco de dónde vengo
Que me perdí
Busco de dónde vengo
Que aquí está mi raíz

Yo te traigo esta noche
La raíz de mi tierra
Yo te traigo los versos
Tres personas que sueñan
Te regalo el aroma y el sabor de mi tierra
Traigo mi raíz