There wasn’t any extra information, why does this always happen to me? It reads:
“We, the undersigned, do hereby acknowledge ourselves indebted to his Excellency, Wm Hawkins Esquire, Governer, &c. and his successors office, in the sum of five hundred pounds. But to be void on condition that there is no lawful cause obstruct a marriage between Elijah Gumbs and Nancy Evans for whom a liceace [?] no issues.
Witness, our hands and seals, this 17th day of Feb A.D. 1814
In presence of Tom Hughes Henry -x- Evans his mark”
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.
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:
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.
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.
Or however his last name is spelled. I copied and pasted this paragraph from a post I made elsewhere. Thanks to Ancestry.com users momworldorder and margos1776 for sharing their lovely family photos.
This is Beatrice Ortega. Her maternal grandmother was Mary Ann Brummett of Livingston County, Missouri. The gentleman is Thomas Benton Brummett, one of the few Brummetts I have seen a picture of so far. I’m sure I’m researching the correct family because of their similarities! Thomas Benton Brummett was Beatrice Ortega’s maternal grand-uncle. It was because Thomas named one of his daughters Sarah Evans Brummett in honor of his mother that I was able to confirm Sarah Evans as my 5th great grandmother. He’s one of those ancestors who stands out; I think he wanted us to know of him and his family and I’m very grateful for it.
I started a new mitochondrial DNA project at Family Tree DNA, Mothers of Missouri. The only qualification necessary is that someone on your direct maternal line (this ancestor can only be a woman) started a family in Missouri at some point. That’s it. Boom. Join me. Open to men and women.
I submitted a new project proposal a while back. The website said I would hear from FTDNA within 7 business days. The self-doubter that I am, I thought maybe my project was so outlandish that they didn’t bother getting back to me. I decided to go another route and hire a professional genealogist instead. I was surprised to get an email on Wednesday September 30th, “My apologies for the delay in reviewing your project application, we have been a bit backlogged lately. We have approved your application for the Mothers of Missouri Project.” !!!
This project is open to anyone (male and female) who can trace their maternal line to Missouri.
The goal of this project is to identify the maternal lineages of the people of Missouri past and present. Participants are encouraged to share names, information, and pictures (if possible) of their Missouri maternal ancestors to aid our collaboration. Posts to the group, photos, and comments are only available to members of this project.
Maternal line ancestry can be so difficult to research, particularly because of changing family names every generation. Pairing knowledge of our ancestors’geographical locations along with genetic evidence gives us an edge in identifying families and clusters of related individuals. With that in mind, I started this project to hopefully one day provide Missouri researchers a catalog of Missouri maternal lineages.