I had some New Ancestor Discoveries that showed up this past week on my AncestryDNA test. The New Ancestor Discovery feature is still in Beta and I haven't really found it to be useful. These were a Shipman and McFadin couple and the father of the Shipman. I have marked the New Ancestry Discoveries with an M if they are ones which also appear on my Mom's AncestryDNA test. They others and the new ones I have marked with a P(for Paternal) to note they are not ones I share with my Mother.
On first glance this doesn't really give much hope as this couple was born in the mid 1800s. My Grandparents were born in the 1880s & 1890s. and I have most of the direct lines back to my 4th great grandparents with the exception of my Cook(e) line which I only have proven to the 2nd Great Grandfather who was said to be born in NC in 1811. Upon further examination of the couple I could see that they had people in early Bedford Co TN which is where my Dad's ancestors were early on in Tennessee's history. It looks like the Shipmans were all listed as Chisums in the 1830 of Bedford Co TN. Do not know why but see them in tax listings as Shipmans all other yrs. Near them are Landers, Walker, and Turner families. I should also mention that there are Shofners also on the same page. I mention this because I have noticed matches with descendants of Martin Shofner. There are also some Prince families on the next page(My Prince line married into the Putman line and was from Union Co SC). I looked at the wife(Sarah Samantha McFadin) and worked her lines back to her grandparents. Bingo.....Her Paternal Grandmother is a Sally Brandon and a sister to my Nancy Brandon who married John King(they are my 4th Great Grandparents). This may or may not be the connection but it possible. The parents of Sally and Nancy are Charles Brandon.......and possibly Sarah Cook which further complicates this as she could be from my Cook line. This is a great argument for friends associates and neighbors research as well as cluster genealogy. Families traveled together. In colonial times and even up to the turn of the 20th century ...many people traveled in groups. Families that had intermarried ...usually of the same faith as well. Another cool thing about this New Ancestor Discovery is that in the grouping of what can best be described as the precursor to the Ancestry Circle(which groups together matches who have common ancestors with you in their tree) was that there was a group with which I share a rather large segment. What's next...I will be looking more for more available records in Bedford Co. TN and the other areas in which the Brandon, Shofner, Landers and Shipman families lived. Hope to have more information to blog about from that.