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Re: Samuel Arthur Reed
In Response To: Re: Samuel Arthur Reed ()
Hi Ed and all those at Brickwall who reponded to my post,
First, I want to thank you for 'taking on' my Samuel Arthur Reed mystery. I wrote that I was at a ten year brick wall with determining anything about Samuel Reed's life in VA pre Civil War. If you remember, he was 'found' by a Union Army officer [Capt. M. Betton] 'dazed and confused' on a battlefield and later brought to NH to live with the Bettons.
In late August, I submitted my uncle's dna to Family Tree DNA, specifically to the REED Surname Project. He and I figured we would start somewhere and perhaps hook into a 'Reed' match. There were no Reed dna matches, but lo and behold, we matched with a white, slave holding family with the surname Patterson [in some cases family members were Pattesons, without the 'r']. Sadly, my uncle passed Sept. 11th before any results came in.
When a Patteson family member contacted me October 19th and we began exchanging information, the pieces of the puzzle started slipping into the puzzle quite nicely.
We matched 65 our of 67 dna markers. I was fortunate to have a dna geneticist offer to help me put this all together. The verdict is that I have descended from this Patterson/Patteson family and it is likely that one of these men was Samuel's father. DNA upgrades are currently being done between my uncle's dna [he was grandson to Samuel Reed] and other lines of the Patteson's dna to see if we can get the exact match, 67/67. Those results will come in around mid December.
I thought it important that I update you and say thanks. I am fairly confident that I know just which Patterson/Patteson male fathered Samuel, but I want to wait until the next dna results are in to be sure.
I encourage anyone who thinks that they are of 'mixed' race to use FT DNA or any DNA company they choose. I always knew that my Samuel Reed was mulatto, but I never ever thought I would find anything like this out so quickly.