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!
UPDATE at the bottom, full match confirmed! Nancy Boon/Nancy Evans and Sarah Brummett/Sarah Evans were sisters!
The only problem is that when I log into Dolores Romero’s account, this match doesn’t show up as a full sequence match. I’ve emailed Family Tree DNA to figure out what is going on but haven’t received a reply yet. I’ve also messaged them on Facebook with pictures of my emails. There are no full sequence matches for Dolores Romero listed, so either the two separate emails notifying us of full sequence matches were wrong or the match listing function is wrong.
Everything else aside, there are way too many coincidences for their Nancy Evans and our Sarah Evans to be strangers. I also think they could be sisters based on the assumption the mtDNA match is a full sequence match.
If it is only an HVR1 and HVR2 match I still think they could be kin from a group of genetically similar people. For example, Sarah could be Nancy’s cousin from her father’s side of the family (accounting for the Evans name in common) and their mothers could just happen to belong to haplogroup V7 AND have the same HVR1 and HVR2 mtDNA mutations. I think this explanation is too complicated to be true, but it is a possibility. I seriously doubt Missouri and North Carolina are crawling with V7s with the same HVRs 1&2 mutations.
What are the coincidences? 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.” Further up the page 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.
The other coincidence is 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.
That is all I have for now.
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.