Scratching my Head!

But for the life of me, one area that has created many a sleepless night was the DNA New Ancestor Discoveries

After sending my DNA to, I anxiously awaited the results. It seemed as though it took forever before I finally observed the report. Many surprises were in store as I quickly checked the outcomes.

Once I checked the data, I already knew I was English, German, Scottish, and Irish, but I still had a few surprises. Through this test, I discovered that I also had roots in Western Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. Since I have so many French-Canadian ancestors with DNA connections, I was disappointed to find that I did not have a single drop of French blood running through my veins. Sigh….

Once my results were updated, I received another bombshell. My results changed again! This time I found out that I had Swedish and Norwegian roots. Sadly, the Iberian Peninsula disappeared from my information. I loved having some flavor in the mix…sigh again. Still, I did upload my DNA on another site for a time. According to their results, I did show some diversity besides my European heritage. This was a lesson; I found while our DNA does not change, the results can once others are added to the mix.

With, I enjoyed reviewing and researching the countries of origin, and the communities where my ancestors settled. The overview showed that most of the early arrivals of immigrants settled in the Ohio River Valley in Indiana, Illinois, and Iowa. Many also found homes in New York state and along the Northeastern States.

The DNA circles were terrific as I discovered and corresponded with new cousins and reconnected with others. Later, the ThruLines added a new dimension to my tree and helped fill in blanks. All this information created new opportunities for research since the new details provided the missing pieces throughout those many branches.

One grandmother I found, Rebecca Saffer, and then lost again (Rest in Peace Grandma Rebecca: When Rearch Goes Awry) because I thought I had made an error, actually turned out to be related to me. The DNA led me straight back to my nontraditional, sassy grandmother, and I was excited since I loved her spunk and determination.

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But for the life of me, one area that has created many a sleepless night was the DNA New Ancestor Discoveries that showed a connection; however, I wasn’t sure how the relationship matched in my family tree. While I did connect the dots for two ancestors, fifteen unknown family members still haunt since I have not been able to figure out where they belong. Although I have tried researching these mysterious ancestors, these elusive members still remain treeless. For many years, I hoped I would find the missing leaves to my tree, maybe one day I will.


Miles Jefferson Cook was born on July 8, 1815, in South Carolina, his father, Abraham, was 23 and his mother, Dorothy, was 18. He married Nancy Jane McLehaney on October 27, 1842, in Laurel, Mississippi. They had 20 children in 32 years. He died on February 11, 1906, in Simpson, Mississippi, at the age of 90, and was buried in Smith, Mississippi.

Nancy Jane McLehany was born on July 15, 1825, in Mississippi, her father, John, was 28, and her mother, Elizabeth, was 17. She married Miles Jefferson Cook on October 27, 1842, in Laurel, Mississippi. They had 20 children in 32 years. She died on September 24, 1907, in Smith, Mississippi.

Robert Henry Byrd was born on May 8, 1864, in Obion, Tennessee. His father, Thomas, was 34 and his mother, Amanda, was 20. He married Myrtle M. Norton, and the couple had seven children together. He also had one daughter with Lillian E Jordon. He then married Sarah Ann Swan and they had three children together. He died on November 23, 1945, in Matthews, Missouri, at the age of 81, and was buried in Sikeston, Missouri.

George Hendee was born on September 6, 1822, in New York. His father, Caleb, was 22 and his mother, Hannah, was 24. He married Elizabeth “Bettie” Birch, and they had ten children together. He then married Elizabeth Handy in 1823 in Canada. He died on December 26, 1903, in Cass, Indiana

Almira Elizabeth Sevits

Almira Elizabeth Sevits was born on September 19, 1846, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, her father, Moses, was 28, and her mother, Sarah, was 21. She married Perry Commodore Haines and they had four children together. She then married Luther Milton Hatfield and they had 16 children together. She died on January 17, 1928, in Adair, Missouri, at the age of 81, and was buried in Scotland, Missouri

Luther Milton Hatfield was born in August 1843 in Missouri to Benjamin and Mary. He had eight sons and 12 daughters. He died on February 17, 1910, in Scotland, Missouri.

Sarah Caroline Freeman was born on April 11, 1831, in Fayette, Alabama, and her father, James, was 23, and her mother, Matilda, was 27. She married William Griffin in 1851 in Fayette. They had five children. She died on April 23, 1883, in Mississippi.

William Griffin was born on August 12, 1828, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. His father, Troy, was 27 and his mother, Martha, was 33. He had four sons and two daughters. He died on December 1, 1899, in Scott, Mississippi.

Stephen Jackson Perryman was born on September 4, 1833, in Sevier, Tennessee, his father, Alexander, was 21 and his mother, Elmina, was 20. He married Nancy Jane Shields and they had 14 children together. He also had one son from another relationship. He died on September 24, 1888, in his hometown at the age of 55, and was buried there.L

Sara Wagle was born on September 24, 1791, in Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, to Isaac 33, and her mother, Anna, 34. She married Mathias George Gotthart Wolfe (Civil War) and they had nine children together. She also had one son and one daughter from another relationship. She died on December 16, 1838, in Bethel, Pennsylvania.

Sarah Elizabeth McGee was born on January 1, 1809, in Tennessee. Her father was Jacob, and her mother was Elizabeth. She married David Franklin Brewer on January 18, 1827, in Lauderdale, Alabama. They had 20 children in 31 years. She died on June 27, 1879.

David Franklin Brewer was born on December 4, 1798, in North Carolina. He married Sarah Margaret Cockman in 1813 in Moore, North Carolina. He then married Sarah Elizabeth McGee and they had 20 children together. He died on July 17, 1862, in Lauderdale, Alabama.

Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill was born on January 9, 1822, in Perry, Tennessee, to Mark and Rachel. He married Emeline Sarah Jones on June 19, 1842, in Johnson, Arkansas. They had 11 children in 16 years. He died in September 1864 in Johnson, Arkansas, at the age of 42.

Emeline Jones was born on January 26, 1829, in Blount, Alabama. She married Joseph Hill on June 19, 1842, in Johnson, Arkansas. They had 11 children in 16 years. She died as a young mother on July 15, 1860, in Johnson, Arkansas, at the age of 31.

Adah Brown

Adah Brown was born on September 29, 1800, in Petersburg, New York. She married Abel Peckham on January 14, 1821, in her hometown. They had 13 children in 41 years. She died on June 14, 1894, in Albany, Wisconsin.

14 thoughts on “Scratching my Head!

  1. OH WOW! I just found a picture in your article of my Great, Great Grandmother Almira in your article!! I have heard several stories about her and can’t believe I am actually seeing her picture! Thank you!

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      1. I am just starting to do research. I am going to reactivate my account this week. Or you can email me if you would like. Do you know how you are related to Almira and Luther?


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