Genealogy

New mtDNA match from Northampton County NC

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).

Milly Drury Warr Will.jpg

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.

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:

  • Bills of Sale: During probate, it may have been necessary to sell parts of the estate in order to pay creditors, to provide support for the widow and minor children, or to distribute the property of an estate. This was done by public auction. The final bills of sale from these auctions were filed with the court. Bills of sale listed the names of individuals who purchased items at the auction. These individuals are often relatives, friends, and neighbors of the deceased person.
Darling Drewry estate sale Henry Evens
Sale of the Estate of Darling Drury (Darling Drewry) 1810 Northampton County, North Carolina. Henry Evans purchased one sow and six pigs.
Genealogy

Word to your mother (and her mother, and her mother)

If you are into genealogy and thinking about genetic testing, please consider taking a mitochondrial DNA test.  It’s overlooked by genealogists as a tool to trace their maternal ancestry.  It is also a great way to help others!  I Someone might be desperately researching their maternal line and need a hand.  The regular price for the mtDNA Plus kit is $69.  I am considering buying one for someone who can show me they are also descended from Sarah Evans (married to William Brummet) through a direct female line.  

This awesome new blog by a Family Tree DNA employee tells it well:

“Also technically speaking, mtDNA is the black sheep of genetic genealogy. It’s sort of like that friend you had when you were a kid that you didn’t really like but kept around because their parents had a lot of money. mtDNA is important, but not necessarily fun.

Now here’s the part where I advocate for mtDNA testing after such a supportive prologue. In all honesty, it’s sometimes necessary. Do you want to confirm your deep, direct maternal line Native American ancestry? Autosomal DNA can’t help, as it only deals with recent ancestry (we’ll get into autosomal testing soon). mtDNA testing is the only test that can possibly help in this quest if, say, your mother’s mother’s mother’s mother was Native American and inherited that from her mother. Do you want to confirm a relationship with another individual with whom you share direct maternal ancestry, and the other individual doesn’t have autosomal DNA results? mtDNA is the way to go. Would you like a rough idea of likely recent maternal countries of origin? mtDNA is your test! Are you a masochist that thrives off of pain, sweat, and sleeplessness derived from genealogical brick walls and want a test as anger fuel? mtDNA is the only way to go.” Jeremy Balkin, Breaking Genetics

Also, if you are a customer with 23andMe, please respond to messages!  Even if you don’t know what the person is talking about, just tell the inquirer so.

I actually sent a message to the last V7 match two years ago, I just also sent him a more recent message 6 months ago. None of these matches have responded.
I actually sent a message to the last V7 match two years ago, I just also sent him a more recent message 6 months ago. None of these matches have responded.
Genealogy

William Brumet Brummet Brummit Brummett

His last name just keeps getting longer and longer.  I found William on the 1830s census in Chariton, Missouri (which matches the record of marriage I found for William Brumet and Sarah “Sally” Evans) BUT I DON’T HAVE A COPY OF IT!!!  I saved a copy to my tablet as I do every Sunday I visit the library and find records.  I don’t know what happened because I definitely downloaded a copy to my tablet but when I went to my files to look for it it was missing. The others were there, just not 1830 so I went to FamilySearch to find it again.  The info on it isn’t available unless you pay Ancestry.  Thankfully I took sloppy notes   Chariton County is right next to Livingston County.

William Brummit owned land in Chariton Missouri by September 30, 1835.
William Brummit owned land in Chariton Missouri by September 30, 1835.
William Brummet on the 1830 Census Chariton Missouri
William Brummet on the 1830 Census Chariton Missouri
William and Sarah had a son older than my Mary Ann
William and Sarah had a son older than my Mary Ann “Polly” Brummet, and from internet searches it seems that there was a younger sister too. This younger sister may have been Eliza Jane Brummitt (speculation based on Google searches).
William Brummett on the 1840s in Jefferson, Livingston County, Missouri. Susan would be the one female under 5, Henry and James the two males under 5, Mary Ann and Eliza Jane the two females 5-9, the oldest son one male 10-14, and William and Sarah the two 20-49.
William Brummett on the 1840s in Jefferson, Livingston County, Missouri. Susan would be the one female under 5, Henry and James the two males under 5, Mary Ann and Eliza Jane the two females 5-9, the oldest son one male 10-14, and William and Sarah the two 20-49.

If you know anything about this family please email me tellthejourneyblog@gmail.com

UPDATE 11/30/14

Here it is! William Brummet on the 1830 Census Chariton County Missouri
Here it is! William Brummet on the 1830 Census Chariton County Missouri