Re: Pitfalls in the y-DNA Wyatt family project -- a perfect illustration.
I have located one place where this DNA mystery 100% match of Randy Wyatt and Myron Mann could have had its origins.Both Malachi Mann and a Robert Wyatt lived in Stewart County, Tennessee in 1820.This Malachi Mann was from Montgomery County, NC, where he had lived at least 1790-1810.See detail below.
1820 Stewart, TN:Malachi Mann is over 45 years old (b. 1775 or before) and wife 26-44, son 16-25, dtr 10-15.If this is Malachi Mann, Sr. from Montgomery, NC, he has a new wife or he is widowed and a daughter is the oldest female (26-44).
1820 Stewart TN:Robert Wyatt (26-44) & wife (26-44),4 sons 0-10, 4 dtrs 0-10, 2 dtrs 10-15.
(NOTE:This census places both Malachi Mann and Robert Wyatt in the same county in the same year, and both have children the right age to be marrying or bearing children soon.If Robert Wyatt happened to be the brother or nephew of my Edmund Wyatt, his DNA would match the Wyatt DNA sample we have.Could Robert Wyatt or one of his sons or grandsons have fathered a Wyatt male child who was reared as a Mann, or vice versa?Perhaps a Wyatt daughter or granddaughter had a child fathered by one of the Manns who was reared as a Wyatt??Many other Manns and Wyatts live in Stewart, TN in later years, so the connection could have occurred after 1820 between Mann and Wyatt descendants of Robert Wyatt and Malachi Mann.An adoption of a male child between the two families could have occurred anytime after 1820.)