Sunday, March 4, 2018

Descendants of my Great-Grandparents

Because I am interested in figuring out how my DNA matches (at FamilyTreeDNA and at AncestryDNA) are related to me, I decided that I had better know all my collateral relatives who descend from my four pairs of great-grandparents.

My great-grandparents, James Tolman Pyle (1855-1912) and Frances Adelaide McAlpin (1860-1937) had six children: James, David, Adelia (Mary), Sara, Charles, and Gordon. Five of these six children had children.

Of these nine grandchildren (four granddaughters and five grandsons), I have discovered that there are 35 great-grandchildren of James and Adelaide (I am one of them) and that more than half of these great-grandchildren had children. I'm still trying to confirm all of these (I have at least 41) and I know that many have children and some have grandchildren.

The graphical representation below shows my great-grandparents at the top, with their children below and grandchildren below that. The relatives who have done DNA testing at one or another of the DNA testing companies are shaded yellow and green represents the second and third great-grandchildren for whom I do not yet have names.



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My second great-grandparents, Charles Chapin Adsit (1853-1931) and Mary Bowman Ashby (1863-1956) had two children: Charles Chapin Adsit, Jr. and Elizabeth (Libby) Adsit. Only Libby married and she gave her parents one grandchild, my father. Charles and Mary had five great-grandchildren and six second-great-grandchildren.

I have no first, second, or third cousins on this branch of my family, but I believe I have fourth cousins.

This graphical representation is very different from my other branches.



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My second great-grandparents, Lowell Copeland (1862-1935) and Ethel May Greeley (1875-1931) had three children: Lowell (Toby), Elizabeth (Betty), and Ruth. All three married and had children.

Lowell and Ethel had seven grandchildren. All seven married and had children. They had 20 great-grandchildren and at least 27 second great-grandchildren; I am still researching.

I would love to get more family information from the yellow DNA tester in the middle (in fact, I'm not sure which brother it is who has tested), but he has not yet responded to my AncestryDNA messages. Again, the green shaded sections indicate second great-grandchildren who I do not know.



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My second great-grandparents, Percy Earle Hunter (1873-1937) and Marguerite Lysle (1876-1967) had five daughters: Marion, Caroline, Mary, Margaret, and Helen. Three of the five married and two of the five had children, all girls.

Percy and Marguerite had five granddaughters, all of whom married and had children. They had 16 great-grandchildren and 32 second great-grandchildren.

This graphical representation shows that three of the five sisters in the first generation below Percy and Marguerite didn't have children. I believe that I have confirmed the names of all the 32 second great-grandchildren.


In my next post, I will show why I love finding second and third cousins who have tested at one of the companies with a chromosome browser (FamilyTreeDNA or MyHeritage) or have transferred their raw data to GEDmatch.com.

And of course, the next step is to find all descendants of my second great-grandparents, and then third great-grandparents!

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    1. Jessica, thanks for reading and commenting.

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  2. I like the way you've organized things. I hope it's helpful in finding cousins.

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    1. Debi, I try to be organized, especially when it comes to keeping track of DNA matches! Thanks for the comment.

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  3. What a great idea! I think I need to try to build trees like these. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Dana, glad you like the idea. As you can see, it's helpful when you're doing DNA testing. Thanks for commenting.

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  4. Love the diagrams!!! Have done similar review of those who have tested but hadn't gotten to a point of representing these matches. Hoping to get to the level of comparisons you've reached in this fabulous blog!

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    1. Joanne, thanks for the comment. I'm working on being able to identify all my third cousins now and it's just too many for these diagrams, but I want to add them to my tree.

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