Tax list from Binns Genealogy (“1790” Census, reconstructed. Index)
People listed on the 1790 marriage record:
About a year ago we received our first mtDNA match, a descendant of Nancy Evans of Northampton County, North Carolina who married Elijah Gums Boon and moved to Missouri. Since then we’ve also received a match who is a descendant of Martha Marston through her daughter Mildred “Millie” Lewis.
I’ve been looking for a way the families paths could have crossed and think it may have been in Virginia. I’ll get back to this point later.
The first match, Nancy’s descendant, mentioned a letter from her maternal line ancestor, Nancy Morrison (married Samuel Mize) from 1910. The letter states, “you want to know about Grand Mother [sic], her maiden name was Evans, her mother’s name was Sarah Hayes. Grand Mother was born in 1795, her father was a soldier in the Revolutionary war…”
Credit to RossEddy1 for the family letter on Ancestry.
Since I didn’t find mention of Henry Evans prior to 1810 in Northampton County, North Carolina so I spoke with a local professional genealogist at the McClelland Irish Library. She told me to keep an open mind and also search Virginia records since Northampton was on the highly porous border. She also told me to search for marriage records for Sarah Hayes, which I finally did today.
From microfilm of the book “Register of Marriages, Greensville County, Virginia1781-1853” page 25 near the bottom, “Evans Henry and Salley Hayes 21 Sep 1790; b- John Goodwyn wit- J Parks min-William Andrews (Methodist) 30Sep1790
Page 25 also mentions a couple from Northampton County getting married in Greensville County, so there’s that.
Now, this part is just speculation, but I couldn’t help notice Greensville County isn’t terribly far from Isle of Wight County. According to online trees (I know, I know), Darling Drewry/Drury’s mother Mildred Lewis was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
My uncle appears as a closer match to cousins from the Sauceda and Garza side of the family than my mother does, so I decided to focus on his genetic communities instead of hers. I think Ancestry did very well with this feature.
Grandma Dolores didn’t speak much of her father, she said she didn’t remember him very well. When I was a child I didn’t think much of it. She did always claim her middle name was Salomé though, but no one on her mother Domitila Gonzales’ side of the family had that name.
After she passed I took another look at her birth certificate and saw she didn’t have a middle name, though she did use the middle initial “S” on some of her important documents, such as on the affidavit for her marriage license. She insisted that it stood for Salomé.
Her parents Manuel Romero and Domitila Gonzales were married in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1924. On the application for the marriage license, Manuel says his birthday is February 11, 1891.
In the book, New Mexico Baptisms, Santa Fe, NM, January 1884-December 1899 there is a record for Manuel Romero born February 20, 1892. The day and the year are off, but the month is the same. His parents were Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya. I believe this Manuel is my grandmother’s father. I had seen them on the Santa Fe census in the past and wondered if they were Manuel’s family, but I didn’t have any clue about Manuel’s birthday back then. The scanned page of the baptism book was provided to me by Denver Public Library.
Luciano Romero and Salomé Montoya were married November 27, 1886, at St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe. Their parents were Desiderio Romero and Guadalupe Lujan, and Baltazar Montoya and Eleanor Ribera. On other documents, she is written as Leonor Ribera. From the book Santa Fe Marriages, St. Francis Church/Cathedral January 1858-October 1889
After Salomé died, Luciano married Ursula Rodriguez.
On some census records, Manuel’s birthday is in May, but the names all match up so I’m sure this is the correct family.
Salomé Montoya’s parents Baltazar Montoya and Leonor Ribera were married December 11, 1850 in Santa Fe. Their parents were Juan José Montoya and Juana Gonzales. From the book New Mexico Marriages, Santa Fe, St. Francis Parish and Military Chapel of Our Lady of Light (La Castrense) 1728-1857
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)”.
I knew my Sarah Evans, who married William Brummet in Chariton County, Missouri 1827, was originally from North Carolina because of the 1850 Census (Livingston County, MO). Thanks to our first mtDNA match we learned Sarah Evans went to Missouri from Northampton County, North Carolina with her (very likely) elder sister Nancy Evans.
Nancy Evans married Elijah Gumbs Boon in 1814 before leaving Northampton County, NC. Their children were Mary Magdalene, Henry, Presley, Nicholas, Harriet, Mildred, Clifton, Nancy, Sarah, James, and Elizabeth Boon. Henry Evans was the bondsman.
The new mtDNA match descended from Polly Drury, mother of Martha, Drewry, Newitt, and Mildred Harris of Northampton County, North Carolina. John Harris is the father of the children, he names them in his will. Additionally, John Harris (son-in-law) and Darling Drury (son) are named executors of Milly Warr’s will in 1801 (Mildred Lewis of Isle of Wight County, Virgina, wife of Daniel Drury then wife of James Warr).
North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998 from Ancestry: Wills; Author: North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Northampton County); Probate Place: Northampton, North Carolina
So now we know Polly Drury had a brother named Darling Drury, their mother was Mildred Lewis of Isle of Wight County, Virginia (this supports my Sarah “Sally” Hayes Virginia origin theory).
I saw that Henry Evans purchased one sow and six “piggs” from Darling Drury’s estate upon his death and wondered if that had any significance. According to the FamilySearch Wiki U.S. Probate Records Class Handout:
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.