Hi, We did have a Hughes from Shelby County to take a DNA test, but it isn't for certain that the person descended from Sarah and William and the DNA was not a match to my cousins. I am still not certain what that means.
The DNA lines from George Hughes and Rhoda Garrett have held up at a 37 marker match. (Thirty-seven marker test is all we paid for.)We are a perfect match with Ennis Hughes line and a match with the Hughes who lived in Jefferson county, AL in 1830+.
Prior to ca 1869, we are unable to find a Hughes match. We did, however find that our DNA matches with a Lambert/Lamberth/Lambeth family. We have a match with 24 out of 25 Y-DNA markers which means a definite kinship. This probably explains why our Hughes Haplogroup does not match any of the other Hughes in VA. Our George's father or grandfather was most likely a Lambert. I have had a difficult time coming to terms with this, but it seems as if this is the case.
How it came about we will probably never know, but there are three possibilities:
1. George's grandfather could have been a Lambert who was adopted and given the Hughes name.
2. George's grandfather could have been born without the advantage of wedlock and was born to a Hughes maiden with the father being a Lambert.
3. George's grandfather could have been born to a woman whose husband was a Hughes, but the actual biological father was a Lambert.