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DNA Mystery: Gowers of Nashville

4/25/17 I have DNA tested my mother and my paternal grandfather through Ancestry.com. It was well worth the price and wait time (about two months each in 2016). I knew through family tree research that my mother was related to the Gower family of Davidson County, Tennessee. DNA helped to prove that. She's descended from … Continue reading DNA Mystery: Gowers of Nashville

Wiley Farmer of Clarksville, Tennessee

Wiley Farmer, my fourth great-grandfather, is one of my current genealogy mysteries that I am researching. Wiley first shows up on the 1850 census in present-day Sycamore Mills in Cheatham County, Tennessee. Wiley and his wife, Nancy, are living with the David Mosier family, with whom are presumably his in-laws. His occupation is laborer. He … Continue reading Wiley Farmer of Clarksville, Tennessee

Documenting Our Y-DNA Testing

Goal: To find out my dad's patrilineal┬áheritage through a Y-DNA test. Why use Y-DNA?: Y-DNA is passed down from male-to-male, basically unchanged through generations. My dad inherited his Y-DNA from his father, my grandfather inherited Y-DNA from his dad Lonnie Dennis, Lonnie inherited Y-DNA from his dad Whit, and Whit inherited Y-DNA from his unknown … Continue reading Documenting Our Y-DNA Testing

Lady in the Woven Star

My great-aunt, Frances Harper Merritt, died over sixteen years ago, but I only recently acquired some of her belongings from my uncle's widow. Frances, my grandfather Fred's twin sister, never had any children of her own to pass things down to. My Uncle Johnny inherited her things after she passed away in the care of … Continue reading Lady in the Woven Star