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Re: Results from National Genographic Project

Amanda is an ancestor whom Mel and I share. She is my gr. gr. grandmother, who after the Civil War after the loss of her husband, married Mel's gr. gr. grandfather, Pleas Barr. Both oh them had a previous spouse before the war. Amanda's husband never returned. Pleas had been separated from his family and sold away from his South Carolina family to Mississippi, and never saw his family anymore.

After the Civil War and freedom, our ancestors married and shared a life together till his death in Ripley Mississippi. Meanwhile a mere 130 years later, Mel and I met online in a genealogy forum and realized that his ancestor Pleas Barr was the same Pleas Barr who married my ancestor Amanda.

For 10 years, Mel and I shared family data. Needless to say, his family has embraced me as kin, and I have embraced him and his family as kin. At a family reunion in 2004, I was able to tell Mel's family what happened to Pleas Barr when he was sold away, and how his life ended. I have also learned from Mel what Pleas's life was like in South Carolina, before he met my Amanda. So "my" Amanda is known to Mel as "his" Amanda, and "his" Pleas, I consider "my" Pleas.

Our next task is to find out what happened to the children and the descendants of Elijah Barr, the child that Pleas and Amanda had. Amanda died in Tennessee in 1920. Elijah's children, we believe moved to Chicago, you know for genealogists.....the search continues.

This long story is in answer to your question asking who is Amanda. It is Amanda's line that I did the DNA test on first. (I have another side that will be done by my brother and by another male cousin to follow that line.)

Since I began looking for Amanda, and her genealogy many years ago, I had to begin my first DNA tests with her line.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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