Billie Ruth, Are you doing the DNA in the male line only or what? As you know my husband's grandfather, Samuel B. Lyle, was the son of Robert Lyle and Susan Penelope Acuff, sister of your Joel Acuff. Then Samuel's wife, Martha Matilda (Holt) French (widow of Ephraim, son of Augustus French and Kezziah Wilcoxson) , well her oldest brother, William Holt married Joel and Elizabeth (Bryan) Acuff's oldest daughter, Fannie. And the youngest sister of William and Martha Holt , Mary Temperance , married Joel and Elizabeth's youngest son, James Acuff. Whew!!
My brother had a DNA test on our Benton Family. Daddy was the only grandchild of his grandfather to carry the Benton surname. Daddy's father was killed in WW1, Daddy his only surviving child, had 3 daughters and one son, (my brother, who just had two daughters, so he was our last chance of locating our Benton ancestors. Daddy's grandfather would not tell the family anything about the family, he was a contrary half blood Cherokee. But on his death certificate his father's name was listed as Mark Benton. There are several Mark Bentons, but none of them ours, but my brother's DNA was an exact match 37-37 for 5 descendants of Francis Marion Benton and Nancy Cooley of Edgefield County, S.C. It does not tell who our Mark's parents were, but it sure cuts out a lot of years of research. I am all for DNA testing. Do you think I should have my husband's DNA tested?