My Genealogy

I do not intend to give a detailed family tree here or thoroughly to explore each of my lines.  I do want to highlight my genealogical discoveries which have lead me to where I am today with my emerging theories. I will add more information to this page as we move along to new topics with the blog discussion

Busting the (Patrilineal) Brickwall

I grew up believing that my surname Wyatt line traced back to the Rev. Haute Wyatt who lived during 1621-1625 in the early Jamestown settlement founded in 1607. Haute’s line traced further back to the two Sir Thomas Wyatt’s  and Sir Henry Wyatt, all with some role in English history. When I finally got around to actually checking the genealogy, it had a big hole. Family genealogists from a few generations back had been saying that they knew we were descended from Rev. Haute Wyatt, if only they could find the missing link. While my father was living, I deferred to him on family genealogy, but the time had come for me to take a crack at solving the mystery.

My grandfather’s first cousins were the family genealogists of that era and fortunately many of their notes were still around for me to study. The problem was who were the ancestors of my third great grandparents, John Wyatt and Alley Rains? They were thought to be from North Carolina, or maybe Virginia, born circa 1780. My grandfather’s first cousins’ method of research was to write other Wyatt’s and exchange family trees. The problem for John Wyatt was that every good possibility for his parents came up with their own John and his own distinct genealogy. Rowan County, North Carolina seemed to be the most likely home for John, but brothers John and Nathan from a generation back each had their own John’s. I was stumped. Time had come to take a Y-DNA test.

Initially, I decided to test Y-37. When I got the first results back, I was shocked. My results were not even close to most of the other Wyatt’s. I was not even from the same major haplogroup as them (and where I believe Rev. Haute Wyatt is likely from). I was I1 instead of R1b. Time to regroup.

The unexpected haplogroup was not the only curiosity. I had a couple of (37,0) matches with Wyatt’s from around Talladega, Alabama. I knew nothing about their ancestry, but a family genealogist had done a box drawing exercise and had declared that was the way it was. My best alternatives were that either my second great grandfather or his brother had a second family around Talladega, not exactly an attractive scenario to present. This is something else to revisit later, but I’ll give a little hint. When I got into autosomal DNA analysis, I found a new suspect. It was a half-brother who I had thought was to young to be considered.

OK, moving along, the name which came up frequently on my more distant matches was Holcombe, so I assume a Holcombe may have been responsible for a NPE (non-paternal event) a few hundred years back. I still had a few more Wyatt matches to look at. I had a (37,2) match with a person who had Nathan Wyatt of Rowan County, North Carolina as a patrilineal ancestor. Rowan County was a possibility considered in the notes of my family genealogists of a few generations back. As mentioned previously, my trouble was that the brothers Nathan and John Wyatt from the area each had their own John. Looking closer at the census data, I found a William Wyatt who I had not noticed. So John, Nathan, and William appeared to be brothers and William was the candidate for my fourth great grandfather. Their father was a John Wyatt born 1712/1713 in Perquimans Precinct, North Carolina.

Genealogists from the old era had my 4th great grandfather William linked to a William Wyatt in Delaware, but that appears to be a mistake that only obfuscated my situation. My fifth great grandfather John had left Perquimans Precinct and was not included in his father’s will. Since the next county over where he went to had Holcombe’s from my DNA indicated patrilineal line, I could not help wonder if one of them had something to do with his situation, even though the genetic distance suggested that the connection was a bit further back. However until autosomal DNA came to the rescue, I only had speculation to go on.

To be continued.