I am the administrator of the Martin DNA Project, but this time I am writing about two personal mysteries.
The first: My husband's MARTIN line has had a DNA match with a gentleman, but we don't know the connection to our Martin's. What we know is that this man’s ancestor was named Howell MARTIN (aka Howard MOON) and that he married Lena Jane FUNDERBURK on 3 Feb 1906 in LaGrange, Troup Co., GA. They lived in Lanett, Chambers Co., AL with her parents, James Samuel and Elizabeth Funderburk. When Lena Jane was expecting their only child, Howell left home to find work and was not heard from again. We know from DNA that Howell descends from Henry Martin (b. ca 1685 - d. 1748, Spotsylvania Co., VA) OR, possibly, from a brother or cousin of Henry Martin. I would like to find as many MARTIN men as possible with ancestry from AL, GA and North and South Carolina to take this DNA test and see if we can't find more matches - and eventually the link back to the family of Henry Martin. Of course, learning what happened to Howell Martin or about his parents/siblings would be most appreciated.
My second mystery is that of William MARTIN, proven son of Henry Martin in Spotsylvania Co., VA.. William was an adult when his father died in 1748 and then he sold the land inherited from his father in 1750 and apparently left Spotsylvania County. We have some reason to believe that he was the William Martin in Brunswick Co., VA but so far have not been able to prove or disprove that. This William Martin d. ca 1762 in Brunswick Co., leaving three sons: William, Abraham and Henry. We believe descendants moved on to Orange Co., NC which later became Chatham Co., NC. Any MARTIN descendants of ancestors in Brunswick Co., VA or Chatham Co., NC who would consider the DNA test could possibly answer this question for us.