My maternal uncle’s DNA kit is being processed after a six-week wait.
This small update is a great excuse to share this song from Moana, which I have recently seen for the first time this past weekend. It was so good! Definitely one of my favorite ancestor movies right along with The Book of Life and Kubo and the Two Strings. Disney and Pixar have another Dia de los Muertos movie, Coco, that is scheduled for release November 2017.
I loved this song, “I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)”.
My maternal uncle agreed to take an AncestryDNA test for me and it was just received by Ancestry yesterday. The website notes that lab processing times have increased.
He is under the username CS_DNA (always google interesting matches, it’s worth a shot) and I don’t plan on filling out the tree. His tree is the same as my mom’s “Sauceda Romero Family Tree” since they are full siblings and the link to her tree is included in his profile, anyone looking at his profile will be able to pull it up. You can also see my tab at the top of the page “Maternal Family Tree”. When I started having family members test at Ancestry I didn’t realize you could administer multiple tests from one user account so I had a bunch of separate accounts that I have access to.
I am glad to have another child of my maternal grandmother’s test with Ancestry since I didn’t think she could produce enough saliva to take their test (she was only tested with Family Tree DNA). I will transfer his results to FTDNA where he has Y-DNA results.
My Missouri First Families certificate for Sarah Evans and William Brummet from the Missouri State Genealogical Association came in today! As I’ve mentioned before, Sarah Evans had a sister, Nancy Evans, who married Elijah Gumbs Boon. Their descendants would be eligible for the same certificate if any cousins are interested in pursuing it. Also, obligatory link to the Mothers of Missouri DNA Project (MoM).
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.”
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.
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.
I did note that three of Joseph Evans and Anna Maria Sauer’s children eventually ended up in and died in Mercer County, Missouri although I don’t know what circumstances led them there.
Marium Evans b. about 1809 d. 1885 Mercer County, MO
Solomon Evans b. 1811 d. 1859 Mercer County, MO
Robert Evans b.1822 d. 1852 Mercer County, MO
Anyway, it has become clear to me that probably the best way of finding more on Sarah Evans is to focus on William Brummett’s family. I’ve seen William Brummett on the 1830 census in Chariton County, MO but have not found him in earlier documents there. I did not see any Brummetts on that census schedule in Chariton County or the surrounding areas. I have found a man named Rennes Brummott on the Earliest Township and Public Land Survey, 5th Principal Meridian. The date at the bottom of the page says “Surveyors Office St. Louis April 6th 1837”. I speculate on the relationship of these two Brummett men in the linked blog post. It is important to note that the name is pronounced “wren” but in the Breton language Rennes could also be pronounced “Rhoazon”.
This website has come up in many of my search results about the Brummett family. I finally contacted the owner to ask him if he thought 1)Rennes and William could be father/son since I have seen many family trees online with William’s father listed as “Ren, Renna, or Reason” Brummett and 2) if these Brummetts might be related to his Brummetts in Indiana. Remember the DAR genealogist thought my Sarah Evans could not be the daughter of Joseph Evans of Indiana because I didn’t have solid evidence of the relationship and the two states are not close to each other.
He had a lot of good info in his response, but the thing that stood out to me most was:
One other thing that I should mention.
The Brummetts and Chandlers ended up in Brown County, Indiana about 1821. That is where the senior Ren Brummett went as well.
Around 1850, a couple of the chandlers in Brown County moved to different locations in Missouri.
The Chandler and Brummett cousins grew up together in Brown County, Missouri. So it would not be surprised if many of the Brummett cousins moved to Missouri at about the same time. I have not studied the idea very carefuly, however.
Very interesting. The earliest documentation of my William Brummett that I’ve found was the 1827 marriage between him and Sarah “Sally” Evans. As I mentioned before he is on the 1830 census, but when I went to check my records I noticed a cousin has him in her family tree residing in Greene County, Indiana. As Brown County, IN wasn’t formed until 1836 I figured maybe it was all Greene County at one time.
They could be different people, there are three people unaccounted for in Missouri if they are the same. It was just striking to me that a Renna/Ren Brummett also appears in Brown County (formed 1836) in 1840 at 70 years old. What a coincidence there is also a Rennes Brummett in the area that became Livingston County, Missouri around the time William Brummet was there (and in Chariton). Livingston and Chariton counties are next to each other so I figured boundaries probably changed a bit.
They could also be cousins or another type of kin, my point is I see a definite connection between the Missouri and Indiana Brummets (and possibly the Indiana Evans too).
Follow me into the land of tinfoil hat genealogy (if I waited until I had real genealogy breakthroughs this blog would be completely dead).
In searching for William Brummett I have seen many trees with his father listed as either Reason or Renna Brummett. These are strange names, but considering some people opened the bible and pointed to a word to name their children it’s not too much of a stretch. I thought either one of the names was wrong or they were two different people.
I’ve also seen an internet rumor that Renna’s family originated in Brittany, France so I started thinking maybe his name was René. Then I found this land document “Earliest Township and Range Public Land Survey, Missouri, 5th Principal Meridian” with the name Rennes Brummott listed. That’s another form of René, isn’t it?
Turns out I know nothing about France. Rennes “is a city in the east of Brittany in northwestern France at the confluence of the Ille and the Vilaine. Rennes is the capital of the region of Brittany, as well as the Ille-et-Vilaine department. [Wikipedia]” Furthermore, it is pronounced like wren in French and “Roazhon” in Breton! (Reason?)
I’ve either figured out the origin of the internet rumor or stumbled across mind-blowing information. If it’s the origin of the rumor though, I don’t know how the person who made up the name Reason Brummett would know that is how Rennes is pronounced in Breton. How many people still speak Breton?