It is so wonderful to hear from you, again,and to see that your very detailed research efforts are paying off!Everyone related to the three early sons of James McAfee Sr., (to include NC Hunter William McAfee, James McAfee Jr. and Robert McAfee) will be MOST delighted to hear of your results and the lab source of the proof which you used.
The FFDNA matching is a direct and concrete proof to which no argument can be made! Oh, my, this has been a long time coming; and, nothing brings more joy of heart at this Christmas time than to hear of your very determined "McAfee efforts" towards obtaining the answer to your McAfee family lineage connection to the James McAfee family.This connection has eluded you for so long (years...as I recall it)...for, indeed, I shared in that frustration!But, as with the known McAfee determination, you have hung in there, so bound and determined to obtain a proper answer.Indeed, you are on your way with this new evidence. What a McAfee kinship you have proven to be...so unrelenting....so determined!
I have noted that the cousinsships within the line of the NC Hunter William McAfee have listed from time to time that there was a "Spencer McAfee" within their line but I have never seen further proof of this matter...and I was not sure just whom this particular Spencer McAfee may have been.But, I always felt that if your McAfees' were akin to my McAfee family, at-large, then, this listing by the William McAfee kinships must in some way include your familyline! Again, it was just what I felt would be logical...to my way of thinking.
Please know of my happiness for you to have made a connection via the William McAfee, the NC Hunter's line, and now, you will begin narrowing it down to the more detailed family line.Without a doubt, you will do a detailed research and contribute to the knowledge of William's line. Again, your detail of thought and efforts will impress even the best of researchers!
Because of your detailed research abilities, I know that you will not only develop your line, but that you will help in the widespread McAfee efforts (of all the three early brothers) to locate the necessary PROOF needed to connect to William McAfee, NC Hunter, and then, to solidly connect William's line to NC James McAfee Sr.Note: At one time, DAR was accepting of the earliest NC William McAfee, the Hunter, lineage information but it is no longer admitting members on this old evidence. There was a question as to the authority of the proof, it being based on family kept information as offered by one of the generational sons or grandsons, rather than court records, etc. Today, it is ever so much easier to find old court records, so I am sure that proof will eventually be offered to underlie the assertions re the William McAfee connections between the earliest generations.Indeed, it is here that your talents are going to be needed!
Our collective and profound thanks for your efforts...and expense...of going the DNA route re your proof!Keep up the good work, our dear McAfee ecousin! And thank you for sharing your information so as to help other McAfee researchers in their efforts! Many researchers will probably be contacting you to learn more re how you did your research; I do know that many are looking for good DNA labs.
Here is to the new year and the new genealogical efforts which you and all McAfees' will be putting forth! We look foward to all the new connections and discoveries which all McAfees' will be making and sharing on Genforum.com
Tina, we are so proud of you and your research work! What a Christmas present to hear and learn of your current research results!