Re: DNA Testing
My maiden name is HOLMES. I am white. My line comes from England and shows up in PA then comes over into Augusta Co. Virginia in Fishersville where John Holmes had land and his son James was born there in 1747. James married Mary Neill/Nail in Rowan Co., NC and had I think, 13 children. One of them, Phineas had about that many kids too. His wife was Rachel Stewert. Phineas was in Caroll Co. Tennessee, and wound up in Osage, Benton Co. Arkansas. He was a slave holder and last sold slaves in 1837 in Arkansas to a man there. But the slaves were back in TN. My 3rd great grandfather was Calvin Hall Holmes, a Calf. pioneer.
Years ago I had a dear African American friend, Dr. Esther Nelson, who taught at American River College who had Holmes ancestors, I think from her mother's line. Her people, and some of my shirt-tail Holmes ancestors were in Craighead.
Brenda, go to the Holmes forum and look, search for my Phineas Holmes, or, put in my name Kathryn Mero (Holmes) Lang and search my history and you can see what I've posted about Esther and everything I've put in on Holmes.
Just two days ago I finally got my brother to agree to do some DNA testing through Ancestry! Hurrah!
On another line, my Twyman line, one of my great uncles, James Twyman [ not my Revolutionary War ancestor James Twyman out of Scott Co., KY.] was a man who had an African American mistress whom he loved and had a child by. Before his death he sent a man out to Ohio, a free state, and bought land there for his slaves whom he set free, provided wagons, and farming equipment for, and funds to travel there. Those people were called "The Burlington 37." They were written about in a little book called "The Promised Land", by James Earl Pratt.
My Sweetheart and cousin, Gene Twyman, and I, some years before he died, had the honor to meet Mr. Owen Pleasant and his wife, on the banks of the Ohio river, now also passed on. He was an African American gentleman who looked over the cemetery and knew all the history of it. He played the organ for us. A few days before that, in Barren River Kentucky, at the annual family reunion, for the first time we had invited people that we believed to be possibly "our" African American cousins. They most probably were descended from one of James Twyman's slaves from long ago.
DNA can put history right. We are all a family and our hearts all beat the same. I pray and hope for you that you may find what you seek.