Sally Evans’ Parents, DAR update, and Genes for Good

Update October 2016: This line is wrong, please see Sarah Evans Mitochondrial DNA Test Sally Evans’ parents are still unknown.  I’d like to think they are Joseph Evans and Anna Maria Sauer but I don’t have any proof other than Mrs. Evan’s family tree.  The DAR genealogy lady looking over my application called me out on it:

My big concern is proving Sarah Evans to her parents. I am not convinced that we have the correct parents. We need to see if there is a probate in Putnam Co., IN for Joseph Evans and maybe check land records for a distribution of land after his passing. I have not been able to put Joseph Evans in Missouri. For Sarah to get married there we need to show a connection somehow. There is no leap of faith here, it’s just too broad of a jump. All we really know is that Joseph Evans (father) and Sarah Evans (his proposed daughter) are both originally from North Carolina. Chariton County was originally Howard County, till November 6, 1820. From internet sources I see an Andrew Evans in the 1818 tax list and in 1831 lands subject to tax there is a Loverance Evans and a Richard Evans. These are possible parents of Sarah Evans too based on time and locale. 
First, let’s check Putnam Co., IN to see if there is a probate record for Joseph Evans.
Based on this we can proceed further regarding Joseph.
Let’s see what we can develop regarding the three other Evans men in Howard/Chariton Co., MO and see if there is a possibility we have the wrong parents.
Based on the previous issue I looked at your lineage to see if there are other patriots. There are other patriots but each of them present their own problems also. But if we were to consider other patriots if we can prove the parents of William Brummett then this opens a line of patriots through his mother. So since your have done such a great job with your genealogy I thought I would ask if you have anything yet on William Brummett’s line? Also  through James W. Taylor you have patriots, both through is father and mother [Joseph Taylor and Jane Doss].
Work on developing the parents of William Brummett. If we can prove this connection, other patriots open up through this man for you.
What would you like me to do? Would you like me to write to Putnam Co., Indiana to start with? I would be happy to do so. I just don’t want both of us writing the same letters. I will start to do some internet work on the other issues and you can do that also if you would like. More eyes the better.
This is just a really tricky period of time that I see with so many applications proving lineage through these years. But I am on board to help find a good provable lineage for your DAR application. It doesn’t mean they aren’t your family, it’s just what can we prove or prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
Let me know about Putnam Co, okay?
She is right, I was being sloppy.  I contacted Putnam County and there is a will for Joseph Evans.  The county clerk emailed me a few hours ago that she put it in the mail.  I am excited/dreading it.  The idea of digging up a stranger’s will seems wrong to me, like I’m sticking my nose in his personal business.  But at the same time, if it turns out he is not a relative, I still feel like I should share the document for his descendants who are or will go searching for the same information.
Also, I feel like a N00b genealogist because I haven’t been able to find anything more on James Taylor’s parents, Joseph Taylor and Jane Doss.  Or William Brummet.  I want to ask the DAR genealogist what she knows, hahaha!  It’s not her job to do the work for me though, so I have resisted temptation.  Plus it’s just embarrassing to admit.
When I went back to look at my research I noticed that I have William and Sally Brummett with their children (except the oldest 3) on the 1850 census in District 51, Livingston County, Missouri but after that Sally Evans disappears until her death in 1873.  Almost all of her children are missing in 1860 and 1870 but I did find Sarah F. Brummett on the 1870 census with her younger brother, Elijah.  Sarah is now Sarah Rusler after her marriage to Albert Abraham Rusler (both misidentified on the 1870 census of Jefferson, Grundy, Missouri as Abraham and Sarah Russell).  Why is Elijah with his newlywed sister and brother-in-law?  What happened to Sally Evans?  There are so many new questions.
Lastly for now, have you heard of Genes for Good?  They are launching a new Facebook app that is a bit like 23andMe.  They are hoping people will sign up, take the surveys, and submit DNA samples for research at the University of Michigan.  I signed up and was notified today that they will soon send a “spit kit” to me soon.  What fun! Sign up if you are brave and just DGAF about university researchers using your DNA in their studies.  For science, and the greater good!
Sarah F. Rusler (Sarah F. Brummett) on the 1870 census Jefferson, Grundy, Missouri with younger brother Elijah Brummett
Sarah F. Rusler (Sarah F. Brummett) on the 1870 census Jefferson, Grundy, Missouri with younger brother Elijah Brummett

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