When the Sizemore DNA project was started in 2002, our goal was to see if we could determine which of the early 1730s & 40s recorded VA Sizemore men fathered each of the *documented* lines of the Sizemore men b. 1748-50s. The numerous records show these men were considered *white* by that time period. Nothing has been found in the genealogical *records*, to date, that name the wives, parents, or siblings of these men! In a 1747 VA record, Margery is stated as being the mother of a George (b.1726 or earlier). In 1753 Henry Sizemore & Elizabeth Rhodes were cited for "living in adultery".
Genealogical research indicates The Most *Recent* Common Ancestor (TMRCA) for *some* of the participants in our largest hg Q group are:
Ephraim Sizemore b. 1748 d. 1836 Spartanburg Co., SC
George "All" Sizemore b. 1750s d. 1833 Clay Co., KY
George Sizemore b. 1750s d. aft. 1820 lived in Ashe Co., NC
George Sizemore b. 1750s d. bef. June 3, 1793 in then Barnwell Co., SC
Edward Sizemore b. ? d. 1810 Hawkins Co., TN
Because these lines are so closely related genetically, we have *not* been able to determine who the father was of each of the above lines. It's also obvious that 3 different George Sizemores, born in the same time period, did not have the same father! And all of these families were considered white.
The stb wives of George "All", George of Ashe Co., NC, and Owen of Hawkins Co., TN have also been mtDNA tested. None of them have a direct line female Amerindian ancestor.
We have not tested a direct line male descendant of this Owen Sizemore b.1755 d.1837. However, one of his daughters was Lydia Sizemore (1784-1855) md. George Sizemore (1773-1859). George's parents are presently unknown, but a male descendant has been tested and is in our largest hg Q group.
George & Lydia's daughter Aggy Sizemore (1803-aft. 1883) md. Zachariah Minor in 1824.
George & Lydia's son Owen Sizemore (1820-d. in CW) md. Elizabeth Goins in 1856.
This is the *earliest known* Sizemore connection to any of the Melungeon families!
For additional info see Jack Goins' site: http://www.jgoins.com/
The Y-DNA markers for our largest hg Q group are unique. This indicates The Most *Ancient* Common Ancestor (TMACA) for *all of the participants* is the same early to mid 1600s VA male Amerindian. This is now close to 400 yrs. ago (14 to 16 generations), and there is *nothing in any of the records* that indicates he was Cherokee! Neither was there ever a *full blood Sizemore* either male of female. So, the son of the 14th to 16th generation Amerindian male was 1/2 blood. In the proceeding generations, of the direct male line, the inherited percentage of the TMACA Amerindian blood is considerably reduced.
We also have another small hg Q group that does not match the larger group. Therefore they have a different *male Amerindian* ancestor.
The earliest *documented* ancestor is William Sizemore b. 1750s md Catherine Adams and died aft. 1830 in Stokes Co., NC, and they were considered a white family. William's parents are ttb the William & Elizabeth Sizemore of Mecklenburg Co., VA records.
The descendants of John of Halifax Co., VA (b.1743) do *not* have the male Amerindian markers. The descendants of his *well genealogically documented* eldest son Daniel, do *not* match the descendants of the other sons of this John, nor do they have the male Amerindian markers.
The descendants of the well *documented* half blood Creek Indian Arthur Sizemore (abt. 1765-1848) of AL do *not* have the male Amerindian markers. His parents are presently unknown. The direct female line of his half blood Creek Indian wife, Mary "Polly" Bailey, has not been mtDNA tested.
There are other known Sizemore lines that have not been tested.
I do hope this helps to clear up some of the online misinformation regarding the origins of the Sizemores and their family lines.
Admin of the Sizemore DNA project:http://www.sizemorednaproject.com/index.html
Up to day DNA results:http://www.familytreedna.com/public/SIZEMORE_DNA
The hg Q project:http://www.familytreedna.com/public/yDNA_Q/default.aspx
The Native American Q project:http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Amerind%20Y/default.aspx