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 on: June 09, 2016, 03:37:03 PM 
Started by Arthur C. Barker - Last post by Arthur C. Barker
I am pleased to announce that the Project has reached the targeted balance of $300.00 in order to begin group-assisted testing.  I consider the awards of requested grants for $25.00 as merely being another incentive for people to conduct testing, just like the reduced prices if you order certain tests through the Project's website or Family Tree DNA's periodic Sales and coupon codes.  One difference is that our Project's grants can be added to those, whereas FTDNA's Sales and coupons override the regular reduced prices for groups.  As a result, you may want to wait for FTDNA's incentives to take place before ordering an upgrade or a test.

I should have mentioned before that these grants can be used for New Member orders also since group administrators can perform that function.  However, these new orders are restricted by FTDNA to Y-DNA37, Y-DNA67 and Y-DNA111 tests with regard to yDNA testing.  In addition, orders for New Members require some kind of verification that the Kit is for a Barker since that was no doubt the intent of the contributions of Members.  Therefore, if you request an order for a New Member, you must tell us how they relate to a posted pedigree on our Patriarchs page or provide something similar, which we can post there at your discretion.  This may take some time to verify.

Besides contributing your share of the cost of a requested yDNA test through a contribution to our General Fund, FTDNA Groups requires that you give us written permission to order it, as I have mentioned previously.  This is not elaborate and I will give you an example of what it should say.

I authorize Arthur C. Barker, Administrator of The Barker DNA Project, to an order an upgrade of my yDNA results to Y-DNA25 and have made provision to pay for the costs involved in doing so.

This simple statement should be over the name used on your account.  If you wish Suzanne to order the upgrade, then you should use her name and title, Co-Administrator.  The particular test mentioned above is simply an example.  There are several upgrade levels or various SNP tests that you can order.  We will forward your specific authorization to FTDNA Groups in order for them to attach it to your account.  As you can see, this is not a blanket authorization, but a specific instruction about what we are authorized to do.

I believe we will restrict this grant request to one per person to be fair to all.  In addition, relatives of Suzanne and me are not eligible to participate in this due to a conflict of interest.

Thank you again to all the generous Members whose contributions made this possible.  If you would like to join them or make additional contributions, please visit this website page:

Thank you.

 on: June 09, 2016, 02:53:28 PM 
Started by Arthur C. Barker - Last post by Arthur C. Barker
As of 9 June 2016, the Balance in the Project's General Fund was:


Thank you to all the Members who helped us reach our goal.  Most contributions have been $25.00, although one was for $50.00.  But any contribution amount, even $5.00 or $10.00 will help Members learn more about their genetic ancestry.

If you would like to contribute to the Fund so that we can continue encouraging more testing, please do so by visiting the following web page:

Thank you.

 on: June 09, 2016, 02:02:22 PM 
Started by mcclurera - Last post by mcclurera
Does anyone know about membership in the One Name Studies Guild?  It's an individual membership registration or group.  I think an admin has to register a group to get their $149 - 39 STR  at FTDNA.  But I understand is it's also a good way to recruit new members.

 on: June 08, 2016, 07:54:29 PM 
Started by Mark Arslan - Last post by cmherod59
William Keyser (b. 1755, Northampton Co., VA; d. 1837, Bath Co., VA; m. Kesiah Sneed)
James A. Keyser (b. 1799, Bath Co., VA; d. 1880, Kanawha Co., WV; m. Lucinda K. Gillespie)
William R. Keyser (b. 1828, Alleghany Co., VA; d. before 1875, KS?; m. Elizabeth Experience Black)
William Ira Keyser (b. 1868, WV; d. 1929, Creek Co., OK; m. Jesse Blanche Linkhart)
Joseph William Herod (b. 1898, Pawnee Indian Terr., OK; d. 1972, Jackson Co., MO; m. Vera Bonnie Reddin)

Note: William Ira Keyser had a change of surname to Hurd/Herod before 1875 from a step-father. Joseph William Herod is his biological son.

 on: June 07, 2016, 06:45:08 PM 
Started by Marilyn Teaff Barton - Last post by BobHolt42
Caleb H. Holt. Born abt. 1839. Birthplace unknown. Lived in Cocke County, Tenn. by age 11. Died abt. 1905 Hamilton County, Tenn. Spouses in order: Sarah E. Thomas, Ann Black ( may not have been married), Francis Looney.

James Harrison Holt. Born 1877 in Murray County, Georgia. Died 1956 in Dade County, Florida
Wife: Virginia Iola Magnolia Bales

Randolph Conley Holt. Born 1907 in Newport, Tenn. Died 1988 in Catoosa County, GA.
Wife: Mary Jane Sansing

Holt Surname Project. kit # 456824. Submitted by Robert M. Holt Email:

 on: June 07, 2016, 01:31:07 PM 
Started by Gloria Leslie - Last post by Gloria Leslie
William Leslie #495818   Maribeth    I-M253

William Leslie b. 1795 d. 1879 Pontotoc Co, Ms
m. Ann McCallisters
 Joseph b. 29 April 1807 S.C. d. 7 May 1890 Cleveland, Ark
Joseph married Mary Wilson
John Leslie b. 1835 Abbeville, SC d. 22 July 1863 MA
Joseph b. 11 Nov 1885 Coweta, GA d. 22 Mar 1937 De Kalb Co. GA
Samuel b. 1912 GA

 on: June 06, 2016, 12:06:24 PM 
Started by newellAdmin - Last post by carnsk
6) unsure of these facts: John Boswell Bausel Newell (1820-1864), born in NC or SC, married to Mary Barker or Patsy Owens
5) Leander Newell (ca 1858-1937), born in NC or SC (probably Mecklenburg), married to Margaret "Maggie" E Deese (1858-1894), also married to Bessie Mae Hefner (not related to me)
4) Henry Lee Newell (1880-1953), born in Mecklenburg County, NC, married to Rosa Etta Herron (1881-1970)
3) Cleveland Lee Newell (1901-1984), born in Cabarrus County, NC, married to Jessie Mae Kirby (1899-1974)
2) Jimmy Dale Newell (1932-1983), born in Mecklenburg County, NC, married to Sherry Lea Moffitt (1941-)
1) Kelly Newell Carns (, born in Mecklenburg County, NC

I am curious about a History of North Carolina book that I found which provides the following Newell ancestry in Mecklenburg County. I just haven't been able to tie it to my line.,+jake+newell&source=bl&ots=DCoCzWdrGS&sig=l5rjsFkD6aM12C0ofjFSggxS_s4&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjktN7C55PNAhUPOFIKHfVvAYQQ6AEINTAE#v=onepage&q=mecklenburg%20county%20history%2C%20jake%20newell&f=false

 on: June 04, 2016, 03:55:14 AM 
Started by jjpackard56 - Last post by Donna Leslie Nicholson
Michael Louis Leslie kit # 512835
Donna Leslie Nicholson kit # 290235

Thomas Lesslie b 1725 Ireland d 1778 Abbeville, SC, Married Jane ukn b 1725 d 1780

Children of Thomas and Jane

Ann b 1752
William Lesly b 10 Nov 1754 Ireland, d 30 Dec 1821 Abbeville, SC, 
Married 9 Apr 1778 Ann Caldwell b 27 Sep 1759 d 28 Jul 1800
At age, 11 arrived in Charles Town, with his father, Thomas age 38 and his mother Jane age 38, siblings, his Uncle John b. 1727 and Aunt Mary b. 1725 and his cousins
Margaret b 1757
Thomas b 1760
Jane b 1763

Children of William Lesly and Ann Caldwell

Thomas b 12 May 1784 d 3 Jul 1784
James L b 8 Aug 1782 d 9 Aug 1808
John Harris b 11 Feb 1784 d 31 Jul 1855
Jane b 1 Feb 1786 d 9 Aug 1807
Robert Hall b 14 Sep 1787 d 9 Apr 1847
Elizabeth b 11 Dec 1789 d 17 Aug 1807
Ann b 7 Nov 1791 d 4 Jan 1863
William Lesly b 25 Apr 1793 Abbeville, SC, d 9 Feb 1897 Abbeville, SC, married Martha Emily White b 4 Jun 1811 d 7 Jul 1842
Thomas b 16 Jun 1795 d 16 Apr 1829
David b 15 Jun 1797 d 9 Feb 1854
Ezekiel b 1 Nov 1799 d 2 Oct 1809
Samuel Watt b 1 Sep 1803 d 22 Sep 1877

Children of William Lesly and Martha Emily White

Anna Louisa b 7 Oct 1828 d 14 Jul 1859
Augustus died young
Virginia Elizabeth b 30 Jan 1832 d 17 Nov 1903
Alpheus Ezekiel Lesly b. 2 Feb 1834 Abbeville, South Carolina d. 23 Mar 1905 married 8 May 1862 Virginia Caroline Miller b 15 Aug 1839, Abbeville, South Carolina
Llewellyn died young
William E died young
John Joseph b 27 May 1838 d 15 Oct 1906

Child of Alpheus Ezekiel and Virginia Miller

William Edwin Leslie b Abbeville SC d 19 Sep 1939 Abbeville SC, married 1893 Annie Donnald Henry b 8 Sep 1873 d 22 Dec 1946 Abbeville SC, She was the daughter of Francis aka Frank Henry b 23 Sep 1843 d 23 Mar 1912 and Sarah Ellen Hill b 14 Oct 1873 d 16 Apr 1927
William changed Lesly to Leslie

Children of William and Annie Henry

William Edwin Leslie, Jr. b 10 Jan 1895 d 3 Oct 1965
Frank Henry Leslie b May 1897 d 17 Jul 1984
Alpheus Ezekiel Leslie b. 16 May 1898 d 14 Nov 1986
Albert H Leslie b. 16 May 1898 d 28 Dec 1978
NOTE: Alpheus and Albert were twins
David Henry Leslie b 28 June 1900 d 7 Jul 1971 married 1934 Thelma Bernice Hazen b 6 Mar 1910 Starke, Florida d 13 Apr 1994, Suwannee Florida. She was daughter of Joseph F Hazen and Lydia C Sumner
Virginia Miller Leslie b 7 Aug 1902 d 15 Apr 1988 
John Donald Leslie b 18 Oct 1904 d 1 Sep 1951
Sarah Ellen Leslie b 14 Sep 1906 d 18 Oct 1977
Robert Hall Leslie b 3 Feb 1909 d 9 May 1986
Mack Henry Leslie b 1 Feb 1911 d 9 Jun 1979
James Lewis Leslie b 4 Mar 1913 d 24 Apr 2008
Nicholas Miller Leslie b 13 Aug 1916 d 4 May 1989
Annie L Donald Leslie b 10 May 1918 d 20 Jan 2003

Children of David Henry and Thelma Bernice Hazen

Willie Mae Leslie b 29 May 1932 d 4 Nov 2013
Nicholas Miller Leslie b 29 Feb 1936 Norfolk Virginia, d 22 Dec 1986 Summerville, Dorchester County, South Carolina, USA
Harper David Leslie b 1 Nov 1937 d 15 Apr 1968
Gene Autry Leslie b 11 Jun 1942 d 8 Apr 1967
William Edwin Leslie b 1943 whereabouts unknown
Jerry Madro Leslie b 25 Sep 1946 Charleston, South Carolina d 2 May 1947 Charleston, South Carolina, USA

 on: June 03, 2016, 03:22:00 PM 
Started by Lisa Hawkins - Last post by reggaeirie1234
I am a Purcell from Jamaica of mostly African origin (probably at least 7/8). My last name is Purcell. In our family, it is passed down that the Purcells from who we descended were Jewish immigrants from England or Ireland. Our family isn't sure which exactly. They have always said that our name Purcell is Hebrew though I think they meant Jewish. (Though I will admit I am not sure if Hebrew and Jewish are interchangeable). Anyway, the only Purcell in my lineage I have been told about got married to a Maroon woman. He would be my great great grandfather. His son, my great grandfather, and also my grandfather got married to Maroon women of mostly African descent as well. As our family got more African, the more they passed down the story of our Jewish ancestor who gave us the name Purcell. I hope this helps to shed some light.

 on: June 03, 2016, 01:23:25 PM 
Started by Arthur C. Barker - Last post by Arthur C. Barker
This is Part 3 of John Cleary's excellent talk at the Who Do You Think You Are Live conference in Birmingham, England in April 2016.  Unlike the first two parts, this one only runs just over 18 minutes.  Furthermore, this part is really for everyone as John integrates SNP and STR testing with traditional genealogical documentation to reconstruct both surname and genetic family trees.  This is the core message of what can be done with modern genetic genealogy IF you test enough people in the right ways.  I think most people will enjoy how John shows how to solve genealogical dilemmas through the use of genetics.

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