Friday, November 28, 2014

Lumbee DNA Match....

A few years back an 'avid' researcher suggested I take a Family Finder test.  I agreed to make my findings 'public'. I am staying true to my word, and posting this new information. 

Funny I have never seen 'Missy Avid' make her DNA results public, if they even exist. How does that old saying go 'What's good for the Goose is good for the Gander'.

Much to my surprise, last week I came upon an atDNA (FTDNA Family Finder) match with a well established Lumbee family. My match is showing as a 4th cousin.

Thank goodness this match had a GEDCOM file posted. It enabled me to do a little research into that families history. A good example of why GEDCOM files should be posted at FTDNA.

I am not going to name my match at this time. I respect the privacy of my match and his family. When the correct time comes, and I have their permission , I will in fact name names. 

Here is what I know so far: 

The Y-DNA haplogroup of my match is E-M2 (E1b1a).

The Surnames Berry, Broom, Cumbo, Jacobs, Kearsey, Locklear, Lowry, Oxendine and Sampson are all surnames connected to this line.

The Tuscarora Tribe is the source of their Indian blood, and came from female lines.

Were owners of slaves

There are connections to Bertie County , North Carolina.

They were in this part of North Carolina before Robeson County was formed, it was Bladen County when they first settled there.

One Generation fought in the American Revolutionary War.

In the early days they were Whigs in politics.

One generation were known hog thieves.   

They are listed as FPC (Free Person of Color), Mulatto and Indian on tax records and the U.S. Census.

They were land owners.

So far that is what I have found. I'll be researching this match, until I find the common ancestor. I will be posting any new information I find.

Please note, I am not trying to say the Lumbees are Melungins, or that the Melungins are Lumbees. Two different groups with two different histories. I'm just following up on a DNA match.

That's my 2 cents


  1. Great Post! I think the story of all the people of color in the east has yet to be told! I agree with another article you have on here that states it's going to be the family historians and genealogists that are willing to dig through countless archives and courthouses to find any shred of mention of their ancestors in the primary documents that is going to help tell the true stories. This along with DNA comparisons help move it forward. That is if they will share their info...some of them like to hoard what they find.

    Problem is with this research comes resistance to accept the truth, when the history books especially of the late 19th early 20th century relied on those old family stories SO MUCH and called it history. Having the same problem with the Jenny Wiley tale. She was in my county when she was captured by Indians and I've made a few neighbors a bit upset with what I found. I found a kindred blog..have to list you as one of my favorites. Keep up the good work.

  2. Thanks Denise. All this is very interesting to me. Now the work begins to see who the ancestor is that I have in common with this Lum family. Interesting you mention Jenny Wiley, my Collins family were some of the first land owners on Jenny's Creek in Johnson Co. Kentucky.,
    Thanks again for your kind words. Don