DNA and Genealogy

My uncle had his DNA done for our Sain line and we found that we are not linked to the Sains of Tennessee. One of the theories about Elisha Reynolds Sain”s ( my second great-grandfather ) heritage was that he and his brothers were adopted into the Sain family. The DNA now proves it. It shows that we are related to the Griffins and Strouds who lived near and intermarried with the Sains. I have not identified whom the father of Elisha was yet, but now I have a clue.

But what is interesting is that I was working on another line the other day and came across another incident where DNA disproved another relationship. My fifth great-grandfather, Thomas Smithers Hill, is the ancestor that qualified me be a member of the DAR. In a documentary history compiled by Mary Helen Haines entitled “Thomas Hill’s Ancestry, Relationships and Descendants,” she mentions that DNA evidence proves that his father was not William Hill, as mentioned in Thomas’s pension records and in his son, Abner’s “Obituary.” Thomas is descended from the Grogan famiy who lived near the Hill family.  But at this point no one know who the father was or for that fact who his mother was. But he was raised by Wiliam and Hannah and treated as one of their own. 

I find this all fascinating and it makes want to explore DNA and my ancestry even more. 


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