Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cook Family Reunion Held At Longview June 1952

The following clipping is from the Murfreesboro TN newspaper article listing those in attendance at the Cook reunion in Longview.  

The Daily News-Journal  Murfreesboro, Tennessee  Sun, Jun 8, 1952 – pg. 9
available to subscribers at https://www.newspapers.com

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

My Genes For Good DNA results are in

In mid-August of 2017,  I took the Genes For Good DNA test.  I received notification that my results were in today.  If you are interested in participating you can find out more information on it HERE.  It doesn't cost anything but the time you spend taking the studies.  Click on any of the images below if you need a closer look.

This is pretty much what I expected as it is a study that deals more with health.  I had already tested at AncestryDNA about 3 years ago and had uploaded those results to FTDNA, MyHeritage, DNALand,  and GEDmatch.

The above section shows how I compared to others who tested.  I am the blue dot. 

The above image shows their Estimated Genetic Ancestry of Chromosomal Regions.  Not as detailed as the Chromosome Paintings in the Admixture section at GEDmatch but I think it will interesting to compare the Non-European portions to those I get when I run my AncestryDNA results I uploaded to GEDmatch thru some of the admixtures utilities available there.

They do allow you to download your results, however, you are required to answer a survey and enter an access code before doing so.  I was able to run my results thru Promethease.   I didn't expect them to mirror the results of my AncestryDNA analysis at Promethease but it was pretty close.  I have Retinitis Pigmentosa which  Promethease identified this as Age-related Macular Degeneration when I ran my AncestryDNA results. The analysis of the Genes for Good kit was no different, down to identifying the same chromosome.  

I have tried to upload to the Genesis portion of GEDmatch but haven't been successful yet.  I hope this article provides insight into what information is available when you test with Genes For Good.  

Friday, January 05, 2018

David Pittman in Federal Court for Illicit Distilling

The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) Sunday, Oct. 25th, 1874  pg. 4
https://www.newspapers.com  accessed  Wednesday, Jan 3rd, 2018

Connally F Trigg--the judge presiding at the time of David Pitman's hearing.

I believe this is my David Pitman for several reasons: The Thomas Cotton listed with him lives in White Co TN just over the county line from David Pittman, who lives in Dekalb Co. This is the same Thomas Cotton who served with him in the TN 16th Infantry(Confederate). Additionally, the L. R. Dunham is likely kin as David had 2 Dunham brother-in-laws as well as an Uncle by marriage who were Dunhams. I had heard family talk about the Pittman family having been involved in making liquor.

Federal Court would have been District Court in the Middle District.

From the National Archives site:
21.45 Records of U.S. District and Other Courts in Tennessee

21.45.3 Records of the U.S. District Court for the Middle

Textual Records (in Atlanta): Records of the Northeastern Division (Cookeville), including minutes, 1916-25; dockets, 1912- 50; civil, law, equity, and criminal case files, 1912-71; and records concerning bankruptcy, 1915-62. Records of the Columbia Division, including minutes, 1925-57; dockets, 1925-50; civil, law, equity, and criminal case files, 1925-71; and records dealing with bankruptcy, 1925-62. Records of the Nashville Division, including minutes, 1801-1924; dockets, 1814-1955; civil, law, equity, and criminal case files, 1799-1969; and records relating to bankruptcy, 1842-1963. Records of the Winchester Division, including minutes, 1925-38; dockets, 1926- 41; civil, equity, law, and criminal case files, 1926-43; and records concerning bankruptcy, 1925-43.

Microfilm Publications: M1213, M1215.

Looks costly to order copies. Need to see if I can find another mention in the paper.

Comparing Paternal Aunt to her Nieces & Great Niece in Chromosome Browser

I think this is a good illustration of the randomness of DNA.   I'm comparing Me, my sister, and my daughter to my paternal aunt(my daughter's maternal great aunt.)  Click on the image to enlarge.

The above segment matches are of segments matches which are  5cM or highter  on the FTDNA chromosome browser.  I've uploaded to GEDmatch and can do One To One comparisons.  I'll be able to run a list of matches and other comparison reports once it batch processes.

At GEDmatch with a threshold of 7 cMs or greater:
I match my Aunt at 1610 cMs over 39 segments(largest segment of 102cMs)
Sis matches Aunt at 1548 cMs over 45 segments(largest segment of 158 cMs)
My daughter matches her Great Aunt at 785 cM over 25 segments the largest is 72 cMs

For more DNA tools and reference click on the link in the blog menu at the top of the page (DNA Tools & Reference Links)

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Legacy Family Tree Webinar Schedule for 2018

Legacy Family Tree Webinars now has their 2018 webinar schedule posted.

Upcoming webinars in 2018 at LegacyFamilyTree

I love their webinars and have learned so much from them.  Register at the above URL to attend any of the webinars which interest you.  If you would like to have access to all of the webinars in the library you have the option of subscribing.  You can find more info on that on their website.

Savings on FTDNA Upgrades.

FamilyTreeDNA sent out an email to person's who have tested with them that has sale prices for upgrades.  I hope that the surname groups are taking advantage of this and upgrading the 12 and 25 marker kits to 37 markers.  I'm not sure how long this is running though I would imagine it will end when the holiday sale ends. 

You may also be able to find coupon codes which would save even more money on the purchase.  Check your FTDNA account(s) for further info.  Logging on the account you want to upgrade and then clicking on upgrade or CART(upper right corner of the page) will show you what is available for that kit.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Early Newspapers great source for marriages and deaths

Most of Bedford County Tennessee's marriage records prior to 1861 did not survive so locating a marriage mentioned in a newspaper is a wonderful find. 

Nashville Whig (Nashville, Tennessee)
Davidson County, TN
Wed. 17 Oct 1821 Page 3
www. newspapers.com

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

State of North Carolina listed on 1836 tax list in Wilson Co. Tennessee

In the 1836 Early TN Tax List Records for Wilson Co TN's Dist 17, it appears that the State of North Carolina owns 317 acres valued at $1000 for which they paid $70 tax.  I did not find a 1837 tax list but checked the 1838 tax list for Dist 17 and didn't see the State of North Carolina listed as owing tax.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Benjamin Woodward---Money Maker--Counterfeiter

While researching the Cook line I came across the story of Benjamin Woodward a money maker-- but not the legal way.  He was a counterfeiter.  I developed a timeline of events using the articles that I was able to find at the Newspaper.com site.   The Cookes named in the first incident are likely cousins of mine.   Our Y DNA links to Shem Cooke(who married Ann Rucker) out of Virginia and Granville Co. North Carolina.  I can't positively identify them as there are many who carry the same name in the Cooke family and who live in the same area but given the Rucker name is also mentioned I'd consider it highly likely that there is a connection. Keep in mind while you read this that the punishment for counterfeiting was death.  This could be a movie plot.

1773 25 Feb (Thur) --- The Virginia Gazette(Williamsburg, VA) Page 3
Capt. John Lightfoot returns from a trip to Pittsylvania on order of Gov. to apprehend and bring Benjamin Cooke, Joseph Cooke, James Cooke, Benjamin Woodward and Peter Medley in for questioning.  John Short, a former under Sheriff had reason to believe they were involved in counterfeiting and passing counterfeit notes.  At the time they were taken in, they had been at their shop where tools used in the producing counterfeit notes and coins were found.  All subjects with the exception of James Cooke(he did not appear to have done anything criminal) were taken on to jail and will go to York for further examination next Tuesday.  Several others also committed to jail on suspicion of being involved with the counterfeiting.  Gideon Rucker and Shem Cooke of Pittsylvania and John Hightower and William Hightower of Lunenburg have fled and the Governor is offering a reward.

1773 22 Apr (Thu)---The Virginia Gazette  (Williamsburg, Virginia) Page 3
Benjamin Cook, Benjamin Woodward, Joseph Cook, and Peter Medley, from Pittsylvania, for counterfeiting Gold and Silver Coins, and passing Counterfeit Treasury Notes:  Acquitted.  "The Testimony of John Short, the principal evidence against the prisoners, was invalidated by sundry evidences in their behalf, who proved him a most atrocious Villain;  and their counsel even made a motion in court to have him indicted for perjury.   He is since gone off; and has left behind him in this city, a wife and six helpless children in most pitiful circumstances."

1775 14 Sep (Thu) ---Rind's Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, VA)  Page 3
Benjamin Woodward publishes denial of claims that he is involved in counterfeiting.

1776  19 Jul  (Fri) --- Purdie's Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, VA) Page 2
Benjamin Woodward brought to town with 4 other suspected accomplices.

1776  30 Aug  (Fri) Purdie's Virginia Gazette (Williamsburg, Virginia) Page 3

1790 18 Jun (Fri)---The State Gazette of North-Carolina (New Bern, NC) Page 3
Terrance Thynne is brought in on charges of passing counterfeit bills.  He claims no knowledge that the bills not being authentic.  He obtained them from Benjamin Woodward.  Thynne's witness is also found to have been guilty of passing counterfeit.  James Arthur is also brought in and more information on Benjamin Woodward's operation is obtained.

1792 25 Jul (Wed)---The Pennsylvania Gazette(Philadelphia, PA) pg 3

Statement from Baltimore on July 18th. Beware of counterfeits of Virginia Military Certificates. believed to be passed by the brother of Benjamin Woodward of Dinwiddie Co. near Petersburgh, Virginia. While it doesn't give the first name of Woodward's brother it is likely the Jesse Woodward mentioned in the previous article. Description about 5' 7" or 8" well set, about 40 years old with short black hair, little grey ruddy complexion, dark eyes, with a small piece of his nose bit off(near upper part of right nostril) Last seen wearing black hat and cloth coat, nankeen waistcoat and breeches.

The following article from The Progress-Index(Petersburg, VA) tells a little more about Benjamin Woodward. The Dinwiddie Counterfeiter article by Tamara Eastman

Google Books also have a few that mention counterfeiter, Benjamin Woodward. I'm sure there was a lot more to the story.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Unionville TN residents subscribe to The Kansas Herald

This bit of information from The Kansas Herald peaks my curiosity as to why there were so many new subscribers from Unionville TN.  Was Mr. T.J. Fain THAT good of a salesman?  Were there folks from Unionville considering moving there or who had family there?

Kansas Weekly Herald  Leavenworth, Kansas  Fri, Dec 29, 1854 – Page 2
Newspapers.com (accessed Dec 5, 2017)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Research Ramblings

The atDNA kit for my Dad's only living sister arrived today and will go out in tomorrow's mail.  Also noticed that my brother's YDNA upgrade to 67 markers had a batch number.  My daughter should get her swab kit for the mtFull Sequence soon and then we can all hurry up and wait together.   I uploaded a tree to my Aunt's account so that is already in place.  Hopefully I will remember to add the processing times at TheDNAGeek.com's DNA Test processing times page.

I found a "vanity' bio for Roland J Cooke 1839-1913, a 2nd Great Grandson of Shem Cooke & Ann Rucker.  He was the grandson of Roland Cooke(West TN Primitive Baptist).  His family had moved from Gibson Co TN on to Yalobusha Co., Mississippi and then to Phillips Co. Arkansas.  Couldn't find a marriage record for his parents in the Mississippi county records but there was one that listed the marriage for the couple given as his parents about 10 years later than what it should have been considering Roland J was the oldest. I'm not sure if he was from an earlier marriage or if there is an error in the source only gave the year which doesn't sound like one from court records and I didn't care for the description of the source which is an Ancestry Database of compiled Mississippi Marriages(see source info below) with no digital images.

Source Information
Hunting For Bears, comp.. Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.
Original data: Mississippi marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.

So really still not sure and I'm taking this info with a boulder size grain of salt until I see original source info.  The bio continued the theme and also was 10 years off on his mother's year of death.  Still it gave me info on where descendants from this line may live and should help in identifying them should they show up among my DNA matches.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

A mtDNA full sequence, upgrade to Y67 and atDNA test for my only remaining paternal aunt

Family Tree DNA has their Holiday sale on with a variety of test packages and upgrades available.  I took advantage of the sale over the Black Friday Weekend.  I purchased an upgrade of my brother's YDNA-37 test to 67 markers, a Family Finder(FTDNA's autosomal test) for my Dad's only living sibling and a mtDNA Full sequence for my daughter. For the tests that I manage,  I have more Promo codes than I can possibly use so I am posting the ones from this week here if anyone needs them feel free to see if they are still active.

FTDNA Coupon Codes Expires Dec. 3, 2017
R29G306PJY3Y $30 off Y-DNA67 ($229 before coupon)
R292SNRLTF2F $30 off Y-DNA67
R24NNLLESIQJ $30 off Y-DNA67
R24NPHFTQ29P $20 off Y-DNA111($299 before coupon)
R29I62CN9KJ4 $30 off Y-DNA111
R24MV668ZWLC $25 off Big Y
R243MEFJ3C4O $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111($129--$229--$299 before coupon)
R29IQPH8SF6E $10 off Y37, Y67, or Y111  **
R290PL8LF5XQ $20 off Y37, Y67, or Y111  **
R29OVXD7IEE5 $30 off mtFull Sequence($169 before coupon)
R29RF52ROJOC $30 off mtFull Sequence
R298XY65U1OO $20 off any purchase of $150 or more
R29FEFEP6LGM $20 off any purchase of $150 or more

I will post the ones for this next week as soon as I get them.  I'm already really excited about seeing the results of the tests I purchased as well as seeing a bunch of new matches show up from all the sales at FTDNA and AncestryDNA.

If these coupons do not work they have probably been used by another one of my readers.  I offer them on a first come first serve basis.  

** Some people have reported that they were able to use the Y 37/67/111 coupons on upgrades.