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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Tue Apr 24, 2018, 11:13 AM

5. I suspect that's what Ancestry will say about our family.

We never had the "Indian Princess" story. If my half-sister's shows significantly higher, perhaps her grandmother's continuous denial of her Native looks is more indicative than "family stories" of heritage.

But that branch of my sister's family is from the NC/TN border mountain region, and on Mom's side we're at a stopping point there, too. The last Overton we can find a direct connection to apparently enlisted underage on the US side during the Creek War, in Hawkins County TN. Shortly after he was arrested in Grainger County and paid a huge fine, and websites suggest there was a family story passed that he was a "half breed" and that's why he was punished so significantly. In that court record there's another person listed, but not looks or age, with the same last name.

Searching for those individuals in war records shows the Overton we know we're related to and how was enlisted as having "Black eyes, black hair, and dark complexion", the other is sandy/bue/light and of an age to be his father (and also was enlisted by the same person). But no marriage records/kids are showing for the pale Overton until his marriage which produced a different set of kids. Our Overton's Y descendants match the same Y-STR "clan" as the pale Overton's descendants, and are so far the only other ones in the Overton DNA study to match it exactly. The pale one could have been an uncle, etc, or had a kid out of marriage he acknowledged and "gave his name".

The person who submitted the Y-DNA that confirmed our Overton is somehow related to the blue-eyed one said he'd been told that person was of "Melungeon" descent, which seems to be a description for a group many say are a mix of whites, free people of color, and possibly NA. Apparently many of them claimed Portuguese origins at the time, but DNA doesn't seem to support it. Since the area was near Cherokee tribes and by then the Cherokee had sometimes acquired slaves, perhaps they were freed by their tribes, or they were freed by people who didn't want to own slaves anymore, and it seems historically the group has "married white".

So my ginger grandfather's may be where we get our "drop" that everyone in the South likely has.

However, DNA wouldn't necessarily show confirmation of NA ancestry if you are far enough away from the person in lineage and over the many generations you inherited the non-NA genes.

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