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Re: African Ancestry & Haplogroup

Hello Mary,

You have asked good questions. I suppose that there are several possibilities. Being female, as well as the 2 persons with whom I share the same markers---we clearly descend from a common female, but how far back? I have traced my known line back as far as 1790, in Virginia.
Among the possibilities---

1) A woman arrives as a slave from west Africa and has children---daughters who were later separated/sold from their mother and we descend from those daughters.

2)Two, or more sisters arrived together in North America (Virginia maybe) who were then separated through slavery.

3)Or was there 1 African woman who gave birth to one daughter and we all descend from that one daughter?

4) Or were they not really separated, and remained intact as a family, knowing each other, and then, after emancipation---through marriage, they had their own families, and children, and developed their own separate lines?

I don't know how far back our common ancestor is likely to be. My ancestor Martha, whom I know was born in Virginia about 1795 or so---she is 6 generations back. Would her mother who gave birth to her in Virginia be the first African ancestor in America?

These answers are not known, but one thing for sure----at least knowing that the African woman who arrived in Virginia was a Yoruba woman---that tells me far more than I might have known had I never tested with African Ancestry.

The knowledge of the markers and that there are several other women with whom I share the same markers, and we are all here in America---I feel that our separation make have taken place in this hemisphere and that we might someday find a connecting ancestor---this would not have happened without FamilyTreeDNA. So the search continues, and the work that we all do as genealogists continues. Having this one glimpse at this one line, is still very satisfying.

-Angela-

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