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Re: Sophia Sellers, the daughter of Adam Sellers
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I mentioned FTDNA and Y-DNA testing because that was my first experience with DNA testing back in 2005. Since then I've participated in the 23andme Roots Into the Future (RITF) project (2011), which was FREE at that time. This year, 2013, I did the AncestryDNA testing. The results are pretty consistent as relates to ethnic percentages and ancestral origins. The differences are in the number of DNA cousin matches which I attribute to the customer database for each testing company.
No, I can't find a personal direct connection to the Sellers/Clemens lines, but I do have time and location connections, west central & southwestern Ohio, in addition to the VA/NC areas, to these surnames as well as cousins marrying into these families.
Roane Smothers is friend and member of our genealogy group, the African American Genealogy Group of the Miami Valley (AAGGMV) and he has done a fantastic job in the documentation, restoration and preservation of the Clemens Farmstead located in the Darke/Randolph county area (Longtown) of Ohio & Indiana.
We've come a long way since the start of this thread in 2002 and as more evidence becomes available thru the Internet, DNA testing and other resources I'm sure we'll find more possible connections.
Very nice meeting you and please keep us informed of your progress.
Hi Art, that is very interesting, the test I used, was the newer ancestry.com DNA testing method which is modeled after 23andme. They test the 23 autosomes that are past down to us from each and every ancestor, male and female. Ancestry.com, can even give you a more precise estimate of where in Africa, Europe, Asia, our ancestor's came from, I thought that was neat, they just unveiled that about three weeks ago. I also had my brother (paternal line) tested for me on 23andme, so I have two DNA results on 23andme. Are you also related to Sophia Sellers-Clemens, line? I was given the name of Roane, from a lady at the historical library in Darke Co., Ohio, she said he was on a board that was trying to get the Clemens Farmstead refurbished, because it is now a historical landmark, that would be so wonderful, if that happened. Do you know if anyone in the Greenville, Ohio settlement, between 1850 and 1860 died of cholera, I read an article from a book that mentioned that a man had died in 1849, actually, he and others died of cholera in Randolph County, Indiana, in 1849, I wonder if that is what happened to my gr gr grandfather Mathew Shaffer. Thank's Art, for letting me know that you are also a DNA match with the Sellers, line. Paul Heinegg, posted a message to me also and said that there was also a family of free African American Sellers, that lived in Hardy County, Virginia, starting about 1782 to 1820 which included, Frederick, Susanna, Margaret, Elias, George, Abraham, and Monaz Sellers. I mentioned to him, that I was a DNA match with two white Sellers, who have mention of Adam Sellers, Christian or Christopher Sellers, who was a descendant of Adam Sellers, and Heinrich Sellers, his father, in their tree. I asked him if this line could also be descended from Adam Sellers, or his father? Thanks again Art, for the information and the fact that we may have a common ancestor, neat!
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