Terry Barton

Terry is co-founder and President of WorldFamilies.net - which is dedicated to serving the genetic genealogy community.  The focus is on projects, project administrators and the individuals who are using dna to further their genealogical research.

Terry is an 8th generation Texan, living in Georgia since 1973.  He is an Engineer who earned his MBA in mid-career, retired from the corporate world and now works full time on WorldFamilies.net.

He is an ardent family historian, an amateur genealogist, and a pioneer in genetic genealogy.  He treasures all of the friends he's made through genealogy, especially the many "cousins" he has found.


 

Atlanta Area Coordinator - International Society of Genetic Genealogy 
Editorial Board - Journal of Genetic Genealogy (a founding Board Member)
Coordinator, DNA Special Interest Group - Genealogy Society of Cobb County
Vice President - Barton Historical Society (President from 2002-2012)
Administrator - Barton Surname DNA Project (since inception in 2001)
Co-Administrator - Hodges-Hodge DNA Project (since inception in 2004)

Speaking engagements:

Tery has shared his learnings more than 100 times in Alabama, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington DC and London, England.

Contact Terry for details if you wish to attend a presentation, as most of these
organizations will allow a few non-members to attend - if arranged in advance.

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DNA Special Interest Group 

  • 2016: 3rd Tuesday, February thru October (except no meeting in September), 7:00 pm, Room 057, First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St., Marietta GA 30060

 

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Coming:

  • The Genealogical Society of Clayton & Henry Counties - "I've Been Tested, Now What; New Testing; and a Peak into the Future" - August 20, 2016, 10:00 am, Brown House, 71 Macon St. McDonough GA 30253

  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County - "DNA Topic - TBD"  August 23, 2016, 7:00 PM, First Presbyterian Church, 189 Church St.  Marietta GA 30060

  • Barton Historical Society - "Update on The Barton Surname DNA Project" October 22, 2016 Easley, SC

  • Daughter of American Colonists - "DNA Testing as a Tool for Genealogical Research" - February 21, 2017, Georgia Archives, 5800 Jonesboro Rd. Morrow GA 30260 

Past:

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  • Bartow Genealogical Society - "DNA Testing as a Tool for Genealogical Research" - April 16, 2016, 1:00 pm Cartersville Library, 429 West Main St. Cartersville GA
  • Georgia State University, Honors Seminar on Genetics and Ancestry - Guest Lecture on "Project Based DNA Testing"  (100 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta GA) October 7, 2015
  • RootsTech, Powder Springs Family Discovery Day "DNA for Genealogy - Beyond the Basics"  (Powder Springs Family History Center, 2595 New Macland Road, Powder Springs GA)  October 10, 2015

  • Barton Historical Society 2015 Annual Meeting - 2015 Update on the Barton DNA Project (October 17, 2015, Gaffney, SC)
  • FPC University - "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy - a ten week class" (189 Church Street, Marietta GA)  Sept 3,10,17, 24, Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 12, 19, 2014  FREE

  • Barton Historical Society 2014 Annual Meeting (Calhoun GA)  19-21 September 2014 - 2014 Update on the Barton DNA Project
  • DNA Special Interest Group - Intermediate, Genealogical Society of Cobb County (Marietta Schools Foundation Alumni House, 144 Polk St., Marietta GA. 30064)   Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Area Chapter of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy
    • 2014: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, June 17, July 15, August 19 
    • 2013:  September 17, October 15, December 17  - 7:00-8:30 pm
  • DNA Special Interest Group - Advanced, Genealogical Society of Cobb County (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA)  Using the FTDNA Kit Page and Questions for DNA researchers who have moved beyond the "newbie" questions.  Immediately following the Genealogical Society monthly meeting.  Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Area Chapter of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy
    • 2015: August 18, September 15, October 12
    • 2014: March 25, May 27, July 22
    • 2013: August 27 - 8:00-9:30 pm
  • International Genetic Genealogy Conference (National 4-H Youty Conference Center, Washington DC, August 15-17, 2014)  "Surname Project Administration" August 16, 11:30 am, 2014
  • National Genealogical Society 2014 Family History Conference - "Surname Project Administration" (Richmond VA)  May 9, 2014
  • First Presbyterian Church University - "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy - a six week class" (189 Church Street, Marietta GA)  March 12, 19, 26 & April 2, 16 & 23, 2014.  Free.  Register at http://www.fpcmarietta.org/fpcu_registration.shtml 
  • Computer Genealogy Society of Georgia  (Roswell History Center - Roswell GA) - January 11, 2014 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm - two topics:  "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA" and "I’ve Been yDNA Tested - Now What?"
  • Benson Senior Center, Genealogy Class - "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA", (Sandy Springs, GA) Nov 15, 2013, 10 am - noon
  • Ninth Annual International Genetic Genealogy Conference - "Surname Project Administration" (Houston TX)  November 9, 2013 
  • Georgia State University, Honors Seminar on Genetics and Ancestry - Guest Lecture on "Project Based DNA Testing"  (Room 223, 100 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta GA) October 30, 2013 
  • Barton Historical Society 2013 Annual Meeting (Hyatt Regency, Downtown - Greenville SC) - October 19, 2013 - "2013 Update on the Barton DNA Project"
  • Reunion of Upcountry Families (Southern Wesleyan University, Central SC) Friday & Saturday, April 26, 2013.  7:15-8:15 pm "Using yDNA to Research YOUR Genealogy"
  • Troup County Historical Society (Highland Country Club, LaGrange GA)  April 19, 2013 - 12:00-1:00 pm;  "Using yDNA to Research YOUR Genealogy"
  • Native American Heritage Event sponsored by the Friends of Etowah Mounds (Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Site, Cartersville GA) - March 16, 2013 10:00-11:00 am; "Using DNA for YOUR Genealogy - Do YOU have Native American Ancestry?"
  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA) - March 9, 2013, 11:00-12:30;  "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA" - a segment of the GSCC "Genealogy 102" Course (free)
  • Daughters of American Revolution, Nathanael Greene Chapter, Greenville SC (Greenville Women's Club on Church St), Thursday, February 7, 2013, 1:30   "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA"
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2012 Genealogy Conference (Hyatt Place Charleston Airport) - October 14, 2012 - "Using DNA for Genealogy"
  • DNA Special Interest Group, Genealogical Society of Cobb County (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 8:00-9:00 pm (immediately following the Genealogical Society September monthly meeting) "Using your FTDNA Personal (kit) pages".  Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Area Chapter of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy
  • The Genealogical Society of Clayton & Henry Counties, Inc (First Baptist Church, McDonough GA) - August 18, 2012 "Autosomal Block DNA - the newest DNA test for Genealogy"
  • DNA Special Interest Group, Genealogical Society of Cobb County (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA)  Thursday, July 26, 2012, 8:00-9:00 pm   Co-sponsored by the Atlanta Area Chapter of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy
  • Sons of American Revolution, Capt. John Collins Chapter (Golden Corral, Kennesaw GA)  Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 7:00 pm "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy"
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints "Family History Conference" Saturday, July 14, 2012,  Woodstock GA.  Workshop is from 8 am -1 pm.  Two identical presentations (time TBD) "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy - with emphasis on yDNA"
  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society (Warner Robins GA), May 14, 2012 "I’ve Been DNA Tested:  Now What?"
  • Paulding County Genealogical Society (Dallas GA), May 5, 2012 "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy - with emphasis on yDNA" (Old Courthouse, Dallas GA 11:00 am)
  • "FPC University" (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA)  Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - "Using Your DNA Test Personal Pages"
  • Barton Historical Society 2011-12 Annual Meeting (Wingate Wyndham Hotel, Longview, Texas) - April 21, 2012 "2012 Update on the Barton DNA Project"
  • "FPC University" (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA)  Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy" (a look at yDNA, mtDNa and atDNA)
  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA) - February 18, 2012 "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA" - a segment of the GSCC Mid-Winter Beginner's Course (free)
  • Georgia Genealogical Society (National Archives and Records Administration, Southeast Center, Morrow, GA) - December 3, 2011 "Autosomal Block DNA - the newest DNA test for Genealogy"
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy, Atlanta Area Chapter (Cobb County Main Library, Marietta GA) October 29, 2011.  Hosted by Genealogy Society of Cobb County.  FREE.  Peter Roberts will present "Using Genetics to Help Your Genealogy", followed by Terry Barton - "I've Been yDNA Tested - Now What".  Then Peter, Terry and Josh Taylor will do a panel discussion - answering questions from the attendees.
  • Georgia State University, Honors Seminar - "Genetics and Ancestry" (Room 490, University Center, Atlanta GA) October 26, 2011 Guest Lecture on "Project Based DNA Testing"
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2011 Genealogy Conference (Comfort Inn, Westport - St Louis MO) - October 2, 2011 - "What is DNA Genealogy"
  • Kennesaw State University, Ethics in Leadership Class (Library LB461, Kennesaw GA) - 3:30 pm, September 27, 2011 - Guest Lecture - "Case Studies in Ethical Conduct"
  • Savannah River Valley Genealogical Society (Hart County Library, Hartwell GA) - March 12, 2011 - "Using yDNA for Surname Genealogy"
  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA) - February 26, 2011 "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA" - a segment of the GSCC Mid-Winter Beginner's Course (free)
  • Clark-Oconee Genealogical Society (Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium, Athens GA) - 2 pm, Feb 19, 2011 - "DNA in Genealogy - an Overview of yDNA, mtDNA and atDNA"
  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County (Provino's Italian Restaurant, Kennesaw GA, 7 pm) - Nov  16, 2010 - "Autosomal Block DNA - the newest DNA test for Genealogy"
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2010 Genealogy Conference (Salt Lake City UT) - October 22-24, 2010 - "Using DNA to research YOUR Genealogy"
  • Barton Historical Society (Greenville SC) - Oct 2-3, 2010 - "The Barton DNA Project - Update 2010" and "Proposed Barton Lineage I Research Project in Lancashire"
  • "FPC University" (First Presbyterian Church, Marietta GA)  Aug 25 & Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2010, 6:30 - 7:30 pm - "Using DNA to Research YOUR Genealogy" (a look at yDNA, mtDNa and atDNA)
  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society (Warner Robins GA), Sept 13, 2010 "Exploring Our Maternal Ancestries with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Autosomal DNA (atDNA)"
  • The 2010 Salzburger Fest (Ebenezer GA) Sept 6 2010 - "Using yDNA for Surname Genealogy"
  • FGS 2010 Conference (Knoxville TN) Aug 19, 2010, 2:00-3:00 pm - "Exploring Our Maternal Ancestries with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)"
  • FGS 2010 Conference (Knoxville TN) Aug 19, 2010, 5:00-6:00 pm - "Using yDNA for Surname Genealogy"
  • FGS 2010 Conference (Knoxville TN) Aug 20, 2010, 9:30-10:30 am - "I've Been DNA Tested: Now What?"
  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County (Cobb County Main Library, Marietta GA) March 20, 2010 "DNA Techniques in Genealogy" - a segment of the CCGS Mid-Winter Beginner's Course (free)
  • Who Do You Think You Are? (London, England) Feb 26, Feb 27 & Feb 28, 2010 - "I've Been DNA Tested - Now What?"
  • Daughters of American Revolution, Fielding Lewis Chapter (Kennesaw GA) Jan 20, 2010 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Daughters of American Revolution, Cherokee Chapter (Atlanta GA) January 13, 2010 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Marble Valley Historical Society (Jasper GA) - October 24, 2009 - "DNA Workshop"
  • Barton Historical Society (State Capitol Building, Austin TX ) - August 29, 2009 - "The Barton DNA Project - Update 2009"
  • Camp McDonald, Sons of Confederate Veterans (Kennesaw GA) - 6:30 pm, July 14, 2009, Kaysson Grill on Chastain Rd - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • National Ranching Heritage Center (Lubbock TX) - 2:00 pm, July 3, 2009 - "The Barton House" (Centennial Celebration)
  • Genealogical Society of Cobb County (Marietta GA) - February 21, 2009 "DNA Techniques in Genealogy" - a segment of the GSCC Mid-Winter Beginner's Course
  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society (Warner Robins GA), Feb 9, 2009 "Anecdotes from Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Atlanta Girls School (Atlanta GA), Jan. 15, 2009 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Barton Historical Society (Red Top Mountain State Park, Cartersville, GA) - October 11, 2008 - "The Barton DNA Project - Update 2008", "Barton Lineage I - Our Deep Ancestry", "Exploring our Maternal Ancestries with mtDNA"
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2008 Genealogy Conference (Seekonk  MA) - October 4, 2008 - “Basics of Genetic Genealogy”
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2008 Genealogy Conference (Seekonk MA) - October 5, 2008 - "Mitochondrial DNA in Genealogy"
  • Carroll County Genealogical Society (Carrollton GA) - September 25, 2008 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Cobb County Genealogical Society (Marietta GA) - September 23, 2008 - "Exploring our Maternal Ancestries with Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)"
  • Daughters of the American Colonists, James Edward Ogletree Chapter - September 16, 2008  - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Gilmer County Genealogical Society (Ellijay GA) - September 13, 2008 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Sons of the American Revolution, Cherokee Chapter (Canton GA) - May 13, 2008 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Friends of the Georgia Archives FOGA 4th Annual Meeting - (Morrow GA) - May 10, 2008 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Georgia Genealogical Society (Morrow GA) - May 3, 2008 - "Using DNA in Genealogy - The Basics", followed by  "I've Been Tested - Now What?"
  • Cobb County Genealogical Society (Marietta GA) - March 25, 2008 - Panel Discussion entitled "Breaking through Brick Walls" with Mimi Jo Butler, Karen Molohon, Lee Tucker and Terry Barton
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy, Atlanta Area Chapter  (Dunwoody Library, Dunwoody GA) - November 17, 2007 - "DNA Testing for the Genealogist - Beyond the Basics"
  • North Cobb High School genetics classes, Kennesaw GA - November 8, 2007 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2007 Genealogy Conference (Richmond VA) - October 14, 2007 - “Anecdotes from Using DNA in Genealogy”
  • Hodges-Hodge Society 2007 Genealogy Conference (Richmond VA) - October 13, 2007 - "Basics of Genetic Genealogy"
  • Cobb County Genealogical Society (Marietta GA) September, 25, 2007 - "DNA Testing for the Genealogist - Advanced Topics"
  • Cobb County Genealogical Society (Marietta GA) September 22, 2007 - Workshop for Genealogy Beginners - "What you "Need-to-Know" about Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Middlebrooks Family Association (Morrow GA) July 13, 2007 - " DNA TEsting for the Genealogist"
  • Dillard Family Association 2007 Annual Reunion (Dillard House, Dillard GA), April 28, 2007 - "DNA Testing for the Genealogist"
  • Central Georgia Genealogical Society (Warner Robins GA), April 19, 2007 - "DNA Testing for the Genealogist"
  • Gwinnett Rotary, April 3, 2007 (Gwinnett Co GA) - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Joseph Habersham Chapter (Atlanta, GA) March 15, 2007 - "Using DNA in Genealogy - as a Family Researcher"
  • 4th Annual Family History & Genealogical Conference, February 24, 2007 (Funk Heritage Center, Reinhardt College, Waleska GA) - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Daughters of the American Revolution, Joseph Habersham Chapter (Atlanta, GA) January 18, 2007 - "Using DNA in Genealogy - the Basics"
  • Hodges/Hodge Families DNA Conference (Houston TX) - November 5, 2006 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Hodges/Hodge Families DNA Conference (Houston TX) - November 5, 2006 - "Analyzing the Hodges/Hodge Surname DNA Project"
  • Barton Historical Society (Tigerville SC) - October 14, 2006 - "The Barton DNA Project - an Update"
  • Barton Historical Society (Tigerville SC) - October 13, 2006 - "Our Barton Migrations in Virginia"
  • Cobb County Genealogical Society (Marietta GA) October 7, 2006 - Workshop for Genealogy Beginners - "Techniques for Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Augusta Genealogical Society (Augusta GA) August 19, 2006 - "The Value of DNA Testing to the Genealogist"
  • National Archives - Southeast Region Family History Fair (Morrow GA) August 16, 2006 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Prime Timers - First Presbyterian Church (Marietta GA) April 17, 2006 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • International Society of Genetic Genealogy, Atlanta Area Chapter (Marietta GA) March 14, 2006 - "Barton DNA Project"
  • Cobb County Genealogical Society (Marietta GA) February 28, 2006 - "Using DNA in Genealogy"
  • Second Annual International Genetic Genealogy Conference (Washington DC) November 4, 2005 - "The Barton DNA Project"
  • Daughters of the Republic of Texas - James Smith Chapter (Lubbock TX) October 24, 2005 - "The Barton House"
  • Texas State Genealogical Society (Lubbock TX) Oct 21/22, 2005 - "DNA and Genealogy"
  • Barton Historical Society (Winston AL) July 16, 2005 - "DNA and Genealogy" & "The Barton DNA Project"
  • South Plains Genealogical Society ( Lubbock TX) February 12, 2005 - "The Barton House"
  • Barton Cousins Reunion (Hiawassee GA) October 9, 2004 - "Our Barton Family"
  • Barton Historical Society (Pine Log GA) June 26, 2004 - "Barton DNA Projects Update" & "The Barton House"
  • Barton Historical Society (Pine Log GA) June 22, 2003 - "Barton DNA Projects Update"
  • Barton Historical Society (Tigerville SC) August 3, 2002 - "Barton DNA Project Update"
  • Barton Historical Society (Tigerville SC) August 4, 2001 - "Barton DNA Project" & "The Barton House"

Terry has been featured in articles and interviews about his work in using DNA in genealogy:

For the ISOGG Speakers List, go to www.isogg.org
 
Some of the more interesting ancestors that Terry has found are listed here. In case you're wondering about the photos in the WorldFamilies banner, the little girl is his grandmother, Josephine Cresap Waddell Barton (1897-1974) and her mother (Mabel Clair Rentz Waddell (c1875-c1956), while the man is his gggg-grandfather, Eben Woodward (1790-1837)). Last update: 7-25-12.

 

  • Thomas Edgerly, "Sailed from Yarmouth, England in the ship "Arabella" on 8 Apr 1630" One of the seven Judges of His Majesties Province of New Hampshire"; Founder of the Edgerly family, which stayed in Durham/New Durham NH for nearly 300 years until descendant, Daniel Edgerly "Came down the beautiful Ohio ... to Cresap Grove WV ... to woo Eleanora Keene Cresap and later married her there".  (No known descendant yDNA tested)
  • Thomas (1,2,3) Barton of Stafford County, VA. Settled on the Quantico River in 1678 (on land that is now downtown Dumphries VA, next to the Quantico Marine Base). Thomas (1) signed the 1675 planter's protest against Sir William Berkeley, but somehow avoided being punished after the resulting Bacon's Rebellion.  Thomas (2) returned home one June Sunday afternoon in 1700 to "ye most horrible murder in these parts"  Indians had raided his farm and killed his 3 children and a family of five who were staying with them. (Barton Lineage I - R1b1a2a1a1b3c2 (R-L196) - yDNA identified on 111+ markers)

  • Mary Lovett Tyler and her daughter, Martha Tyler Geer, of Andover MA.  Mary was accused of witchcraft in 1692 and  forced to confess - as she was told she would be hanged if she did not confess.  She recanted her confession to Cotton Mather and was ultimately found "Not Guilty" in open court.  Her daughters Hannah, Martha and Joanna were also accused and later acquitted.  For some reason, Mary's husband, Hopestill Tyler, chose to move his family to Preston CT in 1697.  hmmm.  I wonder why? (Tyler Family Group R1b1a2 1c - yDNA identified on Martha's Grandfather - Job Tyler at 67 markers)
  • George Harlan, a Quaker from Monkwearmouth ("nigh Durham in Bishoprick, England") who crossed into County Down, Ireland for a few years before moving to what is now Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1687.  His descendants of Terry's line were good PA Quakers until 1746/7.  At that time, grandson Aaron was living in Union District SC and was "complained of for his marriage by a priest, and neglecting meetings."  In 1749, he was "disowned at Centre Meeting." (Harlan Haplogroup R1b, Lineage I - yDNA tentatively identified on 37 markers)
     
  • Colonel Thomas Cresap, renowned frontiersman, led Maryland's interests in boundary dispute with Pennsylvania that was later resolved by the Mason-Dixon line.  Member of the Ohio Company sent to survey and settle the Ohio Country, Surveyor of the Braddock Road, active in the French & Indian War.  (Cresap Haplogroup I, Lineage I - yDNA identified on 34 of 37 markers)

  • David Barton, Road Surveyor, Mill Owner, Keeper of an "Ordinary" (tavern), frequenter of the court records in the Northern Neck of VA.  According to legend, was killed by British-led Indians while on a Daniel Boone led expedition to blaze the Wilderness Trail into Kentucky in 1775. (yDNA same as Thomas (1,2,3) Barton)

  • Captain Michael Cresap, Captain of the Maryland Rifles, a militia unit called up in 1775 at the beginning of the American Revolution. Died in New York City, while returning home, ill after a 25 day, 650 mile forced march from western Maryland to Massachusetts and is buried in Trinity Cemetery, on Wall Street.  He received a full military honors parade in NYC.  Michael was falsely accused of killing an Indian leader during a 1774 uprising.  Thomas Jefferson included the charge in his writings.  Family historians have spent the past 200 years arguing against the charge.  According to family legend, George Washington wrested family land from Michael's heirs in what is now West Virginia.  (yDNA same as Thomas Cresap)

  • Abishai Woodward, whose family was in Connecticut in the 17th century, was a carpenter from New London, Connecticut.  Abishai was employed to build the first lighthouse on Bald Head Island, NC in 1784.  A few years later, in 1803, he built the first Lynde Pointe Lighthouse at the mouth of the Connecticut River at Old Saybrook Harbor.  (Through an Internet contact, Terry acquired a copy of Abishai's son, Eben's portrait, which was done in New Orleans in the 1820s.)  Descendant of Richard Woodward, b 1689, who immigrated from Ipswich, England in 1634 and settled in Watertown, Middlesex Co MA.   (Woodward-Woodard Haplogroup I, Lineage II - yDNA identified at 65 of 67 markers)

  • Elder John Parker, a Primitive Baptist Preacher, was the father of the fiery Rev. Daniel Parker, founder of the first Baptist Church in Texas.  John was a member of the same Baptist church in Franklin Co GA as Conway Oldham Barton's father, Thomas Barton (another ancestor of Terry's).  He was also a preacher in TN and IL before moving to TX in 1833. John was killed at Fort Parker in an 1836 Comanche Indian raid that captured his granddaughter, Cynthia Ann, who later married an Indian Chief and was the mother of Quanah Parker, most famous of the Comanche Indian Chiefs. (Parker DNA Project, Family Group 5 - Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1a4 - yDNA identified at 65 of 67 markers)

  • Conway Oldham Barton, Planter, was born on his grandparent's plantation in SC and spent his early childhood in GA.  He moved with his father, Thomas, "the first white man to settle on the north side of the Tallapoosa River", which is now Montgomery AL and then moved his own family to Columbus MS and Caddo Parish LA, before finally settling on the banks of the Brazos River in TX.  The family received Federal Land grants in AL, MS & LA, indicating that they were the original settlers on the land - Conway must have been one of those planters who cleared the forest and then moved on when the land was "farmed out"  He lost a fortune in the "War Between the States", which included losing 157 slaves who were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation and 150 bales of cotton confiscated by the US Govt. after the war.  (yDNA same as Thomas (1,2,3) Barton)

  • Reverend Joseph Perkins Sneed, a Methodist Circuit Rider, who preached in early Texas, before and after the Texas Revolution.  A slave owner, "He also devoted a decade of his ministry - far more than any other white preacher during the development of Texas statehood - to black slaves."  (Sneed Haplogroup R1b, Lineage II - Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1a4 - yDNA tentatively identified at 65 of 67 markers)

  • Private John Barton, who served with Hood's Texas Brigade, one of the most storied fighting units of the Civil War, lost an arm in the cornfield at Sharpsburg (Antietam).  He later served as Milam County County Sheriff for several terms.  (Terry has a copy of his full-uniform photo, probably taken in Richmond in 1861, and the Colt navy pistol which was tucked into his belt in the photo.)  (yDNA identified on 106 markers)  Terry recently visited the battlefield and was stunned to see how small and insignificant the "cornfield" appears - 35 acres where 8 to 12,000 soldiers (depending on the narrative) fell on the morning of September  17, 1862 -  America's bloodiest day - ever.  The lecturer stated that control of the cornfield changed hands "... between 14 and 24 times ..." which gives insight into how fierce the fighting really was.  (yDNA same as Thomas (1,2,3) Barton)

  • Private Richard Hodges, ran away from his home state of Tennessee as a teenager.  He enlisted in the 22nd Texas Infantry in 1862.  In 1864, he was under arrest for desertion.  (This is the only branch of Terry's family that can't be traced into the 18th century.  Family genealogists had suspected that Richard changed his name or possibly wasn't really from Tennessee.  Terry has used DNA testing to prove that Richard really was a Hodges and now has some leads on his family in Tennessee - which will hopefully lead to a breaking through the blank wall of Richard's heritage.)  (Hodges-Hodge Haplogroup R1b, Lineage I - Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1a4 - yDNA tentatively identified at 111 markers)  This ancestral family was apparently Friesian, settling on the Medway River in Co Kent c 250 AD. 

  • Joseph James Barton, raised by his grandmother and great-aunt after his mother died when he was three months old.  Partnered with two uncles in the cattle ranching business on the High Plains of Texas shortly after the Comanche Indians were subdued.  Upon learning that a railroad was going to pass through his ranch, JJ built a town and beautiful home.  The railroad didn't come and terrible blizzards killed most of his cattle.  The town was moved away and only the big house and a few sections of land were saved.  Eventually, the house was donated and moved to the National Ranching Heritage Center, where it is the centerpiece of their outdoor museum.  (Terry played in the house as a boy and grew up on a remnant of the great ranch.)  Terry has prepared and delivered a presentation on the story of the Barton House and family several times.  (yDNA same as Thomas (1,2,3) Barton)

Terry has really "caught the bug" and now leads (or co-leads or sponsors) a number of his ancestral Surname DNA Projects.  Unfortunately, he hasn't found a male to represent all of his families.  (members of projects - as of 4/3/09)
Terry also has ancestral DNA results on his Hassell and Parker families through other DNA Projects.
Terry is exploring his maternal heritage, with mtDNA tests on his father, himself (his mother's line) and his son (his wife's line).  As his mother and father have the same mitochondrial result  - T1, he now co-leads the mt-T1 project and is seeking ways to make mtDNA testing more useful to the genealogist.  The most recent project is the research project on Haplogroup T, which uses the Full Genetic Sequence - led by a team of 4 researchers.
Terry is also exploring the value of geographical projects through the Va-1600s project, which is open to researchers with a yDNA or mtDNA test combined with a paper trail to Virginia in the 1600s.

The latest dna test for genealogy - the "Family Finder" test has just hit the market - and Terry is trying it too.  More later on that.