Saturday, May 4, 2013

SNGF: Looking for Y-DNA Sources

As usual, Randy Seaver at GeneaMusings has posted an interesting topic for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. And even though it's a beautiful summer day in Seattle (more like late July than May!), I'm responding because it's something I really need to do.

This week's challenge:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandmother's patrilineal line who could take a Y-chromosome DNA test. Answer these questions:
1) What was your mother's mother's name?

2) What is your mother's mother's patrilineal line? That is, her father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

4)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.
My responses:
1. mother’s mother’s maiden name = Molly Fay BROOKSHIRE (1894-1966), daughter of Charles Christopher BROOKSHIRE (1872-1947) and Nancy Jane COLLINS (1873-1966).
2. mother’s mother’s patrilineal line =
               Charles Christopher BROOKSHIRE (1872-1947)
               Henry Clay BROOKSHIRE (1848-1928)
               William L BROOKSHIRE (1796-1863)
               Joseph BROOKSHIRE (1764?- ? ) “a gentleman from Virginia”
3. My maternal grandmother had one brother, Henry Lee BROOKSHIRE (1900-1963)
               Lee only had one daughter, so no Y-DNA there DEAD END
    Charlie BROOKSHIRE (my maternal grandmother’s father) was one of 3 sons born to Henry Clay BROOKSHIRE and his first wife, Mildren Melvina WOOLERY. Charlie’s brothers were:
         A.   Joseph A. BROOKSHIRE (1871-1902) had two sons:
                        1.   Cecil C. BROOKSHIRE (1892-1953; obit says “two grandchildren”) had two sons:
                               i.   Cecil K. BROOKSHIRE (1916-2006) –only a death notice found; did not         mention surviving family members   I need to research this line more!
                               ii.  Joseph R. BROOKSHIRE (1918-1991?) –no marriage record found; last known location from father’s obit—Whittier, CA in 1953     I need to research this line more!
                        2.   Joseph Glen BROOKSHIRE (1900-1921) never married
        B.    William Henry BROOKSHIRE (1874-1952) had 3 sons by his first wife, none by second
                        1.  William Henry BROOKSHIRE Jr (1908-1913) died in early childhood
                        2.  Robert Rex BROOKSHIRE (1917-1975)  wife’s 2005 obit says: She is survived by a son, Col. (Ret.) Robert R. Brookshire II and his wife, Marijo; daughter, Mary Sharon Carmichael; grandchildren, Elizabeth and David Brookshire, and Brad and Serena Dehoney ....   No MALE descendants. I had contacted Robert Rex II some years ago and he was totally NOT interested in his family history.
But that's not grandmother's father also a step-brother, Roy L. BROOKSHIRE, son of Henry Clay BROOKSHIRE and his second wife, Mollie DODSON. Unfortunately, Roy only had a daughter, so no Y-DNA there.
I may need to go back another generation. Henry Clay BROOKSHIRE had 4 brothers, one of whom never married. The other three all had children, including at least one son in each line who lived to adulthood.
Conclusion: There's hope of finding a Y-DNA source for the BROOKSHIRE line, which would really be helpful, since nobody seems to know who Joseph's father was.

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