I’ve written before about lowering expectations for genetic genealogy, particularly in the context of ethnicity estimates. In the Lineage Research space at Quora, a lot of questions are asked about why certain ‘known’ ancestries don’t show up in DNA test results. Amidst this confusion, I feel that this topic certainly hasn’t yet been exhausted and compelled to address it once again.
This month’s subscriber-only post in GenTales on Substack provides info on one pairing that causes pedigree collapse in My Lineage from the Roots Up, vol. 2. William Musick Prater was born about 1787 in Russell Co., Virginia, to Jonathan Prater and Sarah Elizabeth (Musick) Prater. Obedience “Biddy” Prater was born about 1790-1794 in Virginia to Elizabeth Fugate and another William Prater who was thought to be Jonathan Prater’s brother. Below the cut on Substack or available for download on Ko-Fi are their children and siblings.
Coming soon to ebook services, including subscription and library rentals, Cousins of Nunney Castle: Four Hundred Years of Praters from England to Indiana. It’s an extension to the Prater lineage in My Lineage from the Roots Up, vol. 2.
The recent subscriber-only Substack newsletter is a listing of the nine children of Elias Prater and their children, his grandchildren, as they are known from the available records. It ends up being a 10-page PDF, and it’s also now available on Ko-Fi.
I was asked an interesting question on the Gen Tales Quora Space about whether Jim Bowie (of Alamo fame) has any living descendants. He doesn’t, as far as anyone knows, but I do share ancestors with him. Read more about it in the Substack newsletter
When working on my first lineage book, I ran across the line of Solomon Paine. The trail I followed led back to the Mayflower. However, when attempting to get verification from The Mayflower Society, I was told they didn’t have a record of the marriage I claimed so he’s a different Solomon Paine. Here’s the information and evidence I have. Maybe you can help me see what’s been missed.