Whenever I start working on a different family line, I generally take time updating my information about them prior to writing the series. I’m currently doing that with Dad’s Northeastern Inmans since I haven’t looked at some of those lines in years! And I have discovered some interesting things. My discoveries all relate to Dad’s Inman line and focus on three families who intermarried with them.
One big problem centered around the wife of Edward Inman (1713-1778) whose wife’s first name (Dorcas) was known, but not her last name. When I first started looking at this line a few years ago, I discovered that a number of people thought her last name was Paine. I checked into it and soon discovered that the Dorcas Paine they focused on married someone else and that was her only marriage. So I listed Dorcus on my tree as Dorcus “Paine”–a marker indicating I would look into it later. Paine was definitely a pain, but I was working on other lines at the time, and I had no ancestral clue for this mysterious lady. About a month ago, I started looking into Docus “Paine” again only this time, I found her real identity. Thank goodness for all the records Ancestry has added to their database over the years because when I re-investigated the Paines recently, I blazed a trail!
I always hesitate doing this. The question Am I heading in the right direction lingers in my mind, followed by What if all of this is wrong, and I have to start all over again? That’s when Ancestry’s DNA steps in.
About a year ago, I took advantage of one of Ancestry’s offers: for $79 I could get one of their DNA kits.
Well, why not? I decided.
Then I waited “patiently” for the kit to arrive. And I wasted no time in returning my result after receiving the kit. Matches were almost immediate. Very early, I was in a number of DNA Circles of people whose DNA matched mine and whose ancestors matched mine, and the list has grown to 23 DNA Circles on both sides of the family plus 283 individual matches:
- Loren Inman Family DNA Circle
- Lucy Carpenter Family DNA Circle
- Daniel Inman Family DNA Circle
- Samuel Perry Spence Family DNA Circle
- Rebecca Elizabeth Inman Family DNA Circle
- Joel Owensby Hood Family DNA Circle
- Nancy Haskins Family DNA Circle
- John Christian Clay Family DNA Circle
- Mary Barbara Hoy Family DNA Circle
- George Albert Hoy Family DNA Circle
- Mary Yeager Family DNA Circle
- Christina Dellinger Family DNA Circle
- John George Coffman (Kauffman) Family DNA Circle
- Charles Barney Family DNA Circle
- Benjamin Franklin Barney Family DNA Circle
- Darius Brown Family DNA Circle–this family provided the key to the Paine matter; he is my fourth cousin four times removed
- Leah Johnson Family DNA Circle–she was the wife of Darius Brown
- Barbara Stiffler Family DNA Circle
- James Alfred Estill Family DNA Circle
- Christian Snyder Family DNA Circle
- John Johnson Carpenter Family DNA Circle
- Susan Ann Sudduth Family DNA Circle
- Elias Sudduth Family DNA Circle
Darius Brown provided my link to the correct Paine line and also introduced me to the Brown line that had intermarried with the Paines. As soon as I incorporated all of that information into my tree, I started receiving confirmations of matching DNA on both Paine and Brown lines. So the issue is settled as far as I am concerned. (I will be talking about those lines in a later article.)
The Cline/Clyne line was the second one I tackled. It bothered me because I had little information about them, and yet they figured prominently in Dad’s Inman history. The line ended in New York. I poked around that state years ago and gave up when I could find nothing new. And I was about to give up on them again recently until I discovered a death record for my third great-grandmother and discovered her maiden name: Chelson or Chilson. That discovery finally broke down the barrier. I started receiving DNA matches on the Chelson/Chilson line almost as soon as I entered the data on my tree. I’m still poking around somewhat with the Cline line, but Rome wasn’t built in a day. At least I am heading in the right direction.
The third problem on Dad’s Inman line centers upon the wife of Daniel Inman (1776-1848). There was one wife and only one wife whose first name was Sarah. (Over the years, some people have credited Daniel with three wives–all named Sarah. That didn’t happen! There was only one Sarah!) Existing records suggest that she was either a Snow or a White. Years ago, I couldn’t find anything to justify either name, so I listed her as Sarah Snow for a while and then as Sarah Snow/White. In recent years, I played around with the White name, but I could find no resolution there either. Then I discovered people had added a third wife named Sarah Proctor/Procter, and I knew I had to reach a conclusion soon. (Daniel and Sarah’s youngest son was Nelson Proctor Inman (1822-1872). Some of his descendants have decided that Sarah’s name was Proctor. I could find no record or other confirmation of that).
Back at the drawing board once again, I tore through existing records and finally concluded that my original assumption was correct: Sarah’s surname was Snow! I will write about this experience in a later article. What I will note here is that when I incorporated the Snow name into my tree and after including the people I thought were her family, I began receiving DNA confirmations in that regard. So I’m satisfied I’m on the right path.
Meanwhile, I’m still stirring–
Update!!! (November 1, 2015)
I have an update to add to this article concerning the Snow line. My research has been confirmed concerning Sarah Snow and her parents. I received several DNA confirmations today. Will be writing an article on it in the future.