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Irey, Joseph, Hiatt, Griffith, Roberts, ???- my matrilineal line — September 17, 2018

Irey, Joseph, Hiatt, Griffith, Roberts, ???- my matrilineal line

matrilineal ancestry (Copy)

My known matrilineal line goes back to Kentucky, where Jane Griffith was born in 1804. Her mother is believed to be Polly Roberts, but confirming evidence has not been found. One reference to the marriage of Polly Roberts and Benjamin Griffith was found in a book of compiled Kentucky marriages. Jane Griffith married John Hiatt, their daughter Nancy Mahala Hiatt was born in 1838. Nancy and John Fear Joseph had a daughter, Cora Emeline Joseph, born in 1874. Cora Joseph and Scott Lee Irey were married in Oklahoma Territory in 1904. Their daughter, Marie, my mother, was born in 1907.

A full sequence mtDNA test was completed 13 October 2014. Fifteen matches have been reported since that date; 9 of the matches show a genetic distance = 0, indicating an exact match at all test locations. Another match shows a difference of 1, another a difference of 2 and 4 test matches show a distance of 3. All 15 report J1b1b1 as their mitochondrial haplogroup, the same as mine. Some identified an earliest ancestor, some associated family trees with their test. None of my matrilineal surnames were found in any identified ancestor or in any family tree of my mtDNA matches. Eleven of the 15 matches had also taken a Family Finder (autosomal) test. None of the eleven are found on my Family Finder match list.

Conclusion: It is unlikely that the common matrilineal ancestor can be identified unless the matrilineal line can be extended several generations beyond current knowledge.

 

New AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimates – comparing 3 siblings — September 13, 2018

New AncestryDNA Ethnicity Estimates – comparing 3 siblings

Ancestry DNA recently released new ethnicity estimates based on a more than 5 times increase in reference samples, redefinition of several reference populations and a restructured algorithm for comparing individual samples with reference samples. Below are screenshots of the new estimates for myself (LLL) and my two sisters (MLH and LKA).

A significant change affecting the estimates for these siblings is the division and redefinition of the reference populations in the British Isles and Western Europe. The three reference populations represented in the ethnicity estimates of these 3 siblings include:

  • England, Wales and Northwestern Europe (primarily England, Scotland and Wales)
  • Germanic Europe (primarily Germany)
  • Ireland and Scotland (primarily Ireland, Wales, and Scotland)

Significant in the changes from earlier estimates are the absence of Scandinavia, Southern Europe, East Europe, Iberian Peninsula and Europe Jewish; and the concentration of the estimates in the British Isles and Northwest Europe. The current estimates are much closer to the expected ethnicities of primarily German on our paternal side and primarily English and some Irish and Scottish on our maternal side.

The three siblings ethnicity estimates are compared in the following table:

Reference Populations LLL MLH LKA
England, Wales and Northwest Europe 50% 95% 69%
Germanic Europe 46% 2% 31%
Ireland and Scotland 4% 3%

These estimates are remarkably similar, considering the overlap in the geographical areas of the reference populations and the variation in the amounts of DNA inherited by each sibling from their grandparents and earlier generations. For example, MLH appears to have inherited less DNA from the paternal line (primarily German) than did LLL and LKA.

Honoring my Grandparents — September 9, 2018

Honoring my Grandparents

 


Henry Leisher is my paternal grandfather. He was born Heinrich Leiser 17 November 1844 in Eglesbach, in the Offenbach district in what was then the Grand Duchy of Hesse. He came to the United States in 1855 with his family; they settled in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. He served in Civil War. After the war, he farmed in Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. He died 29 November 1939 in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Frances Miller, my paternal grandmother, was born 24 September 1863 in Bond County, Illinois. She married Henry Leisher 27 October 1881 in Greenville, Bond County, Illinois. She died 12 April 1938 in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Scott Lee Irey is my maternal grandfather, He was born 17 November 1862 in Marion County, Ohio. Family stories indicate he led a colorful life, primarily as a cowboy, before he married my maternal grandmother 23 Dec 1904 in Arapahoe, Custer County, Oklahoma Territory, at age 42. He died 19 March 1934 in Waukomis, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

Cora Emeline Joseph, my maternal grandmother, was born 14 February 1874 in Hendricks County, Indiana. Her father died when she 3 years old. She  lived in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas before moving to Oklahoma Territory. She taught school from age 16 to her marriage to Scott Irey. She died 11 July 1968 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

My maternal grandmother is the only grandparent that I remember, as she lived with my parents until shortly before her death. Even though she and I spent considerable time together, I regret missing a golden opportunity to learn from her more about her ancestry. How I wish for a time machine that would take me back to the lifetimes of all four grandparents, providing the opportunity to hear from each of them, and to record, their experiences and knowledge of their ancestors’ lives.

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