Saturday, September 28, 2013

More Autosomal (Family Finder) DNA "stuff" and Talbot County Georgia Hawkins lines

I have been chatting with Roger Harris a bit in the last few days.  His mother was a Hawkins and this is what he has told me about his line:

His mother's ancestors came to Talbot County, Ga., in the early 1830s.
I know that they (the Hawkinses) were from North Carolina, but I don't know where in N.C.
The earliest ancestor known was Jesse Hawkins, who was born ca. 1780.  (His wife's name was Mary.)

The only other thing that I could add is the fact that Jesse Hawkins, who came from North Carolina, lived in Pike County, Ga., where he died before 1850.  (His will was made in the late 1840s.)  His son William, who married Serena Millen, came to Talbot County in the early 1830s.  William and Serena married in Upson County, Ga., in the late 1820s.  

Jesse's widow was named Mary, and she is found in the 1850 census of Pike County.

I started looking around to see what I might have to help Roger and found the following slide from my County slideshow about Talbot County, Ga

All of you do know me know that I have "cheat Sheets" to remind me of what I have known in the past about all of the Hawkins groups.  There are many of us and it isn't easy to keep people in one's mind in any kind of order.  This is just a conglomeration of "stuff" that I have gathered about the Hawkins' in this area.

In addition, I started looking at my own FF test with FTDNA to see if I could find any hints to share with Roger.  I had lots of fun yesterday looking at the Chromosome Browser.  After logging in one goes to the top tab that says family finder and choose:  Chromosome Browser.  This takes one to a page on which I was able to choose various matches to see how we actually matched.  I randomly chose two men with last name McKinney.  All three of us matched on exactly the same Chromosome with almost exactly the same segment.  Then I chose two men with last name Boone.  This time our match on Chromosome #11 was even more exact in placement and length.  I have to think this has to be some sort of huge clue!  You can choose as many as five matches to compare at one time.   I hope that some of you who have done the FF test will try this for yourself and tell me how your comparisons turn out and if it has helped you.