Re: Acree Surname DNA Project
Thanks for your message. We're fortunate to have a thriving Acree Project that's helped many Acrees to extend their paternal lineages. To date, we've tested only one descendant of Jasper. His test results are discussed on our website at:
"Jasper Newton Acree (1839-1911), of Metcalfe Co., Kentucky, an ancestor of many Acrees in the U.S., was an orphan whose father is unknown. Circumstantial evidence indicates that his mother was Rhoda Wigginton, who married Lewis Acree in Rhea Co., Tennessee, in 1825 and had children with him. Lewis was probably a descendent of Abraham Acree of Caroline Co., Virginia, (above) through Abraham's son James, who migrated to that area of Tennessee. Lewis died before the 1840 census and Rhoda died afterward, leaving her young children to be raised by foster families. In his Civil War pension application and a published newspaper article describing wartime recollections, Jasper related that his father died before he was born, that his mother died when he was four years old, and that his half-brother was killed during the war. The Y-DNA profile of the above Jasper descendent matches a haplotype shared by men having Lawson and Jenkins surnames, with ancestors in southeastern Tennessee. According to the census, there were several men with those surnames living in the Rhea/Meigs/Bledsoe/Hamilton/Bradley Co. area, where Jasper spent his youth in the 1840s. It's likely that his father was one of them."
The above disappointing conclusion is based on the single DNA test. One test is never definitive. If another Jasper descendant, such as yourself, would took the test, it's possible that the results would differ, perhaps indicating that Jasper's father was really Lewis, whose descent from Abraham, I believe, you've correctly interpreted. We'd very much welcome your participation in our project. The website explains the procedure, if you're interested.
Regards, Charles Acree