Saturday, September 24, 2016

Surname Saturday: Peach - DNA Discoveries

A while back, I had my husband's autosomal DNA tested with Then I downloaded the raw data file and uploaded it to FamilyTreeDNA, paying the $39 to unlock all the matches.

I've been contacted by a few people who are matches, and have been able to add some people to the family tree (and confirm other relationships) as a result.

One case is in my husband's Peach line.  His great-grandmother was Angelina Elizabeth "Lizzie" Peach Moore, who was born March 31,1859, in Salem, Lee County, Alabama, and died September 4, 1924, in Lewisville, Denton County, Texas.  She and her sister Emma Ann Peach Moore (1861-1915) married half-brothers who moved to Denton County in late 1882 or 1883.

Lizzie and Emma were the two oldest children of Jonathan A. Peach (born July 30, 1832, in Clarke County, Georgia; died March 21, 1908, in Concord, Blount County, Alabama) and his wife Angeline "Ann" Emily Johnson Peach (born MAY 1836 in Alabama, died January 18, 1921, most likely in Lee County, Alabama).

Jonathan, in turn, according to the 1850 Census, was the son of James Peach (born about 1786, died after 1870) and his wife Louisa (born about 1790, died after 1860 but probably before 1870).  On the 1850 Census, Jonathan is the only child listed, so I was not aware he had any siblings.

About a week ago I was contacted by a gentleman who manages the DNA accounts for his wife and three sons.  He said my husband was a match to the wife and two of the sons.  I used the Family Finder Chromosome Browser in FTDNA to take a look.  Here are the matches - the wife is orange, the two sons are blue and green.  Let's call them Orange Wife, Blue Son, and Green Son.  The matches are on the second and fourth chromosomes.  My husband also has a small match with Blue Son on the 15th chromosome (not shown).

As it turns out, Orange Wife also has James Peach as a 3rd great-grandfather - meaning she and my husband are fourth cousins.  James Peach apparently had 11 children between 1808 and 1832, with my husband's 2nd great-grandfather as the youngest.  Orange Wife, Blue Son, and Green Son are descendants of the fourth child in the family, George Peach (1813-1899).

The gentleman (Orange Wife's husband and the father of Blue Son and Green Son) put me in touch with someone else who is apparently also kin through this Peach line.  This cousin (and her sister) match Orange Wife and Green Son on different chromosomes than my husband does, but have no match to Blue Son.  However, they have matches to Orange Wife's third son, who my husband does not match.

This cousin encouraged me to upload the raw data to GEDmatch.  I'd been asked to do this by yet another of my husband's matches (this time in AncestryDNA) and had not gotten around to it.  It turned out to be quite easy.

Here's some more data on my husband's matches:

My husband and Orange Wife DO appear to be a match of genealogical significance, using the one-to-one comparison tool in GEDmatch, and increasing the minimum SNP threshold from 500 to 700:

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My husband and Blue Son are also a match on chromosome 2:

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They also match (albeit much smaller) on chromosome 4:

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My husband also matches Green Son on chromosome 2:

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There is an overlap for my husband, Orange Wife, Blue Son, and Green Son on Chromosome 2 from 78,790,630 to 96,111,193.

I'm still learning how DNA works, but I feel pretty confident that my husband, Orange Wife, Blue Son, and Green Son are all related, and thus I have some more people to add to his Peach tree.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wordless Wedding Wednesday: Charles & Addilee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris' Marriage Certificate, 1922

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: Charlie and Addilee Harris, BEF 1959

When I went to the Shelton Family Reunion in Louisiana this past June, I finally got to see some pictures of my great-grandmother Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris' (1890-1977) third husband, Charles Burroughs Harris (1887-1959).  Here is what I have been able to learn about him:

Charles Burroughs Harris was born on May 14, 1887, in Bay City, Matagorda County, Texas to Martha "Mattie" B. Spoor (born September 1854 in Louisiana), and James Johnson Harris (born January 1846 in Arkansas).  He was the fifth of their eight children.

Charles worked on the family farm in Matagorda County through at least 1910.  On November 13, 1913, he married a Mrs. Laura Rolan in the county.  When he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917, in the county, he was living in Palacios, listed himself as married, and stated that he was an oil field worker for Mike Mitchell in Goose Creek.  He served in the Army as a cook in the 165th Depot Brigade, 9th Battalion, 34th Company, at Camp Travis in San Antonio, from June 24 to November 25, 1918.

I was unable to locate Charles in the 1920 Census, nor any information about what happened to his first wife Laura (death? divorce?).  On January 7, 1922, Charles married my great-grandmother at 1309 Prairie St. in Houston, Texas.

Charles and Addilee are listed in the 1926 Morrison & Fourmy Houston City Directory on page 914 as living in Pasadena, Texas.  They are on South Shaver street in that city in the 1930 Census, with Addilee's youngest daughter Neva Marie Wolfe and youngest sister Jewell Bernice Shelton, both 17.

By 1935, though, Charles and Addilee had moved to a farm in Verda, Grant Parish, Louisiana.  On the 1940 Census, they are on Harlan Street in Montgomery in that parish.  When Charles registered for the draft for World War II on April 27, 1942, their address was RFD Box 122A in Montgomery.

Charles died January 30, 1959, in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  If I ever met him, I don't remember, as I had not yet turned age two when he died.  He is buried in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Sardis, Winn Parish, Louisiana.  Addilee called him the love of her life.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Matrilineal Monday: Happy Birthday, Sister Jean Marie!

My maternal aunt, Jo Ann Guokas, ABT 1936

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sentimental Sunday: Happy 62nd Anniversary to My Parents!

Frederick Henry Pape and Geraldine Margaret Guokas, married September 11, 1954

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Edith, Addilee, and Marie, ABT 1927-1929

Edith Elizabeth Wolfe Smith Murff Brown Gould Knox (1910-2006), her mother Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890 - 1977), and her sister Neva Marie Wolfe Ely (1912-1995).  I think this picture was taken sometime after older brother Lloyd Wolfe (1906-1993) married on May 31, 1927 (older sister Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald, 1907-1997, was married with one child by that point), but before Edith's first marriage sometime before April 13, 1929 (when her father died).

The photo is from a scrapbook kept by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson.

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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sibling Saturday: Mark and Mary, ABT May 1966

Two of my siblings in the backyard of our house at 8015 Sharpview in Houston, before it was fenced.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Old Fountain, Artesian Park, Corpus Christi, Texas

General Zachary Taylor's men dug an artesian well in this area in the summer of 1845.  The City of Corpus Christi incorporated in 1852, and in 1854, Henry Lawrence Kinney gave the new
city one acre of land for its first park, named Artesian Park.  Development in the early 1900’s included a bandstand, fountain, sidewalks, tables and benches, as well as trees.

I remember this fountain having problems when I worked for the city's Park and Recreation Department.  There was a drought in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, and with more concrete and buildings being erected around the park, the artesian well stopped flowing.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sibling Saturday: 1966

I'm not quite sure exactly what is happening in this photo.  It was taken in or before June 1966.  I am guessing May, because I think the balloons my sister Karen and I are holding are wearing graduation caps.  Our aunt, Sister Jean Marie Guokas, was principal of Incarnate Word Academy, and their school colors were red and white.  Many of our babysitters were Academy girls.  The picture was taken in the backyard of our house in Sharpstown at 8015 Sharpview.  At this point, we still did not have a backyard fence, although we'd been living in the house for a couple of years.  There was no need really; we did not have a dog at that time, and apparently most of our neighbors did not have pets either.  My brother Mark, on the right, looks a little puzzled by his balloon, while brother Brian, on the left, looks upset that his balloon is little and has no face.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Birthday to My Sweetie!

Mark Gresham - 6th birthday - 1947 - Corpus Christi, Texas

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