Morris - Ledbetter - Hall - Craven Co., NC
I am posting this message to the Hall forum because of the connection I recently confirmed via DNA testing between my grandfather, a Morris, and the Halls. Oral tradition in our family has it that our earliest paternal ancestor was not, in fact, a Morris, but rather a Ledbetter who assumed the Morris name (perhaps through adoption?)
As it turns out via DNA, our closest DNA match is to the HALL family line. (A dear lady named Carolyn Putterman has helped me learn about that line quite a bit.) I thought I would post this in case anyone is interested in any potential Morris/Hall/Ledbetter connections in eastern NC.
To all Morris researchers who believe to be descended from Laban (sometimes spelled Labon) MORRIS of Craven County, NC (b. ca 1784, d. aft 1860) please take note:
Laban MORRIS does NOT descend from Thomas Morris and Rachel Platt of Burbage, Wiltshire, England.
We have recently conducted DNA testing on my grandfather's line and have proven the family oral history, that Laban MORRIS was not, in fact, a MORRIS by birth -- at least not on his father's line. He is said to have been a LEDBETTER, but ended up with the Morris name. It's possible his mother was a Morris.
DNA testing revealed that my grandfather is an exact match with both LEDBETTERs and HALLs, both of which were in eastern North Carolina at the very time Laban would have been born.
If anyone is interested in further information, please contact me and I will share the information I have on Laban.