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.

© Amanda Pape - 2016 - click here to e-mail me.

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