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Re: Results from National Genographic Project


The story of Amanda, my discovery of Pleas, Mel's discovery of Amanda, is such an intriging one.

The chapter keeps unfolding, as we have had a chance to speak with descendants of people who knew both Pleas and Amanda, and as Mel's family decided to explore the DNA story on Pleas's side, I also decided to exlpore the DNA story on Amanda's side. The story continues to lead to unexpected places and experiences.

In the summer of 2004, when Mel's family visited the Abbeyville South Carolina estate where Pleas and others were once enslaved, I was honored to be invited to make that journey with them. I felt somehow that I had to, since it was Mel's ancestor Pleas that gave Amanda and her children (my gr. grandmother) some stability in their lives after a very difficult time in our country's history and became a father to a family of children, right out of enslavement, and war.

I submitted the DNA samples just recently. I have been researching this line (as well as other lines) for many years. This is actually adding a new chapter to the many chapters pertaining to this 15 year search.

I have census records, Civil War Pension Files, Death Certificates, and more on this particular line. DNA just seemed like the next logical road to travel. Now with an L3 Haplogroup designation with some interesting genetic markers, I am learning about deeper history.
There are other tests with results still to come, but I had to follow Amanda's line, as it has taken me so far, already.

I am sure that Mel can also share his version of the story.


PS----One of my stories in the search for Amanda is located here:
I wrote this a few years before I met Mel, and the new chapters were yet to unfold.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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