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StartDNASarah Rash’s and Maybe Mary Warren’s Mitochondrial DNA – 52 Ancestors #359

Sarah Rash’s and Maybe Mary Warren’s Mitochondrial DNA – 52 Ancestors #359

Utilizing the FamilySearch “Family members at RootsTech” app that was accessible within the month or so surrounding RootsTech (however not now), I linked with a cousin who’s a direct matrilineal descendant of Sarah Rash, our frequent ancestor.

My cousin, who descends by way of Sarah’s daughter Rhoda Shepherd, very kindly agreed to take a full sequence mitochondrial DNA take a look at so we now have details about Sarah Rash’s matrilineal origins.

I wrote about Sarah Rash and what we all know of her life in Sarah Rash (1748-1829), Church Founder and Grandmother of Practically 100.

Mitochondrial DNA Inheritance

Girls contribute their mitochondrial DNA to all of their youngsters, however solely females go it on. Subsequently, mitochondrial DNA isn’t divided, watered down or blended with the DNA of the daddy. Mitochondrial DNA supplies a useful periscope view immediately again in time for our matrilineal ancestors – our direct mom’s, mom’s, mom’s line on up our tree.

Sarah Rash was born to Joseph Rash and spouse, Mary, purportedly Mary Warren.  Sarah’s mitochondrial DNA additionally belongs to her mom Mary. That will be Mary Warren if certainly Mary Warren is Sarah’s mom. Mary Warren’s dad and mom are unknown. Nonetheless, there’s a Warren household in Spotsylvania County, VA, the place the Rash household lived in that timeframe.


My objectives for searching for a mitochondrial DNA take a look at for Sarah Rash’s descendant are:

  • To substantiate Sarah’s genealogical accuracy by matching one other descendant, ideally by way of one other daughter or sister of Sarah.
  • To study what we will from Sarah’s haplogroup. You don’t know what you don’t know.
  • To assemble proof to substantiate or maybe disprove that Sarah’s mom is Mary Warren.
  • To probably prolong Sarah’s line backward in time.

The Course of

A number of folks have requested me to step by way of the evaluation course of that I take advantage of for mitochondrial DNA outcomes, so let’s try this.

What can we inform about Sarah’s ancestors by way of her mitochondrial DNA?.

Sarah’s Matrilineal Line is Not Native

Typically when the mom of an early pioneer settler can’t be recognized, the “go-to” assumption is that she could be Native American.

Sarah’s haplogroup is U5a2a1d which is unquestionably NOT Native.

We are able to dispel this thought completely.

Since Sarah’s matrilineal ancestors aren’t Native, the place are they from?

The place Are Sarah’s Ancestors From?

Utilizing the public mitochondrial tree, right here, we see the next nations displayed for haplogroup U5a2a1d.

Sarah’s haplogroup is discovered most frequently within the US, which implies brick-walled right here, adopted by England, Eire, and less-frequent different places. Be aware that two folks declare Native, the feather, however that may imply both they’re mistaken, or they’ve entered data for his or her mom’s “aspect” of the household or their literal “oldest ancestor,” not their particular matrilineal line.

Regardless, haplogroup U is certainly not Native.

Matches Map

Typically the matches map, which exhibits the geographic places of your matches’ most distant matrilineal linear ancestor may be very informative, however not so on this case.

Of 74 full sequence matches, solely 4, plus the tester whose pin is white, have entered the places of their matrilineal ancestors.

One in all these comprises a male identify, so we all know that’s incorrect.

That is actually unhappy – a wasted alternative. Think about how helpful this could possibly be with 74 pins as a substitute of 4, and a type of being recorded incorrectly.


The mutations tab exhibits you the mutations you could have which are both additional or lacking out of your haplogroup project. Which means these could also be mixed within the subsequent model of the haplotree to kind a brand new haplogroup.

My cousin has 5 additional mutations, however not less than three of these are in unstable areas that I’m certain is not going to be utilized as haplogroup-forming. The opposite two mutations are insertions at one single location and I doubt these can be used both.

I wrote about haplogroup formation within the article, Mitochondrial DNA: Half 3 – Haplogroups Unraveled, together with a listing of unstable and customary mutations. Suffice it to say that quite common places like 16519 and 315 insertions aren’t helpful to kind haplogroups. Some quite common mutations, akin to insertions at places 309 and 315 and deletions at 522 and 523 aren’t even counted in matching/variations.

What these unstable mutations really inform me, relative to Sarah Rash’s DNA is that I would like to concentrate to the GD1 (genetic distance of 1) matches, which means individuals who have just one mutation distinction from my cousin. On condition that my cousin’s additional mutations, variations from her outlined haplogroup, are in unstable areas, shut matches akin to GD1 and even GD2 could possibly be fairly related. All of it is determined by the distinction.

In fact, we will’t see the mutations of the folks my cousin matches, so these with a GD1 or GD2 might have mutations on a secure marker that my cousin doesn’t have.


My cousin has a complete of 74 full sequence matches, of which 31 are precise matches, 18 have bushes and 12 have listed an earliest identified ancestor (EKA). Should you haven’t achieved so, right here’s learn how to enter your EKA.

In fact, the EKA of my cousin’s matches might or might not agree with the earliest matrilineal particular person of their tree. And the tree might or might not have multiple or two folks. Regardless, each trace is price follow-up.

Consider these as diamonds within the tough.


I seen the bushes of every of the matches which have uploaded bushes. I additionally made a listing of the earliest identified ancestors for matches that didn’t have bushes so I could possibly be cognizant of anticipating these names.

Many bushes solely had a number of generations, however I used Ancestry, FamilySearch, MyHeritage, and WikiTree to see if I may fairly full the tree again a bit additional. Of those, I notably like WikiTree as a result of I believe it tends to be extra correct AND it permits for folks to enter that they carry the mitochondrial DNA of particular ancestors. Because it seems, nobody has achieved that for Sarah Rash, or her purported mom, Mary Warren, but when they’d, it will present a affirmation alternative.

I did discover one thing fairly attention-grabbing.

Who’s Jane Davis?

The EKA of Elizabeth, one in all my cousin’s matches, is Jane Davis who was born in 1690.

Sadly, Elizabeth didn’t add a GEDCOM file or create a tree, so I turned to different bushes elsewhere to see what I may unearth about Jane Davis.

I have to state emphatically that what I’m about to inform you must be taken with the complete salt lick, not only a grain.

Bear in mind, we’re in search of hints and proof right here, not foregone conclusions – though admittedly, these can be good.

Based on (cringe) some bushes, Jane Davis was the spouse of 1 William Warren who was born 1678 in Surry County, VA and died on September 29, 1764 in Edgecombe County, NC. I’ve not confirmed any of this. Gathering proof is step one within the course of.

IF that is correct, William Warren and Jane Davis could be the dad and mom of Mary Warren, the purported mom of Sarah Rash.

Discover all of these weasel phrases – if, might, purported. That’s the place we have now to start out. In weaselworld.

Clearly, this wants a LOT of conventional family tree work, however right here’s the nice information…I now have one thing to work with and another person, Elizabeth, who seems a method or one other to be descended from this line.

The Good Information

Whether or not or not Jane Davis is correct or not, I’d wager that we’re trying on the similar line as a result of Elizabeth matches my cousin’s mitochondrial DNA. I have to e mail Elizabeth to see if she descends by way of Sarah Rash. If that’s the case, that’s affirmation of this line.

If not, and she or he descends by way of a daughter of another person on this similar line, like one in all Mary Warren’s sisters, that’s proof and a HUGE HINT that I can use to substantiate Mary Warren because the mom of Sarah Rash. Confirming her mom would additionally verify that Mary’s father is William Warren – so would supply proof for each of Sarah’s dad and mom.

Extra Instruments – Superior Matches

Subsequent, I used Superior Matches to question for anybody who matches at each the total sequence degree and in Household Finder. There have been no matches, which doesn’t shock me because it’s fairly a means again in time.

Discover that the hyperlink to add a household tree is on this part, together with the general public haplotree I used earlier.

Household Finder

Checking my cousin’s Household Finder matches and trying to find surnames, I instantly checked for myself and my identified cousins from that line. No cigar, however our frequent ancestor is many generations previously.

Checking the Rash surname for my cousin exhibits a match to somebody who descends from Joseph Rash’s brother, William Rash whose youngsters additionally migrated to Claiborne County, TN together with Sarah Rash’s daughter, Elizabeth Shepherd who married William McNiel.

My cousin has quite a few autosomal matches to the McNiel line as effectively. The Vannoy, McNiel, Shepherd, and Rash traces had been all present in Wilkes County, NC collectively earlier than migrating to Claiborne and Hancock Counties in Tennessee. Earlier than Wilkes County, the Rash, Warren, and McNiel households had been in Spotsylvania and close by counties in Virginia.

Aim Achievement

How did we do fulfilling our unique objectives?

Aim Remark
To substantiate Sarah’s genealogical accuracy by matching one other descendant. Maybe – We’ve that result in observe up on with Elizabeth and her EKA of Jane Davis. We even have a number of related autosomal matches.
To study what we will study from her haplogroup. Sure – Not Native and possibly from England or Eire. That’s helpful and is sensible.
To substantiate her mom as Mary Warren. We now have hints and instruments. We have to hear what Elizabeth has to say. I could possibly extract extra data by viewing bushes individually with folks my cousin matches on Household Finder.
To probably prolong Sarah’s line backward in time. We now have an incredible trace and data to work with, each mitochondrial and autosomal. Jane Davis could be the spouse of William Warren, which could effectively verify Mary Warren because the daughter of William Warren. It’s too quickly to inform however my fingers are crossed for a descendant of Jane Davis from a unique daughter by way of all females.

Typically solutions are available in a gulley-washer, and different occasions, we have now to dig and sift over time for the gems. Let’s create a plan.

What’s Subsequent?

There’s lots we will do, however possibly the most effective locations to start out can be to try to assemble details about the Warren households of Spotsylvania County, VA. This Thomas Warren could be a great place to start or possibly work my means up from Mary Warren, right here.

I have to deal with each conventional family tree and genetic autosomal matches at the entire distributors. My cousin’s DNA is barely at FamilyTreeDNA, however my outcomes and people of a number of different cousins are discovered at a number of distributors.

I can use Genetic Affairs’ instruments to see if I cluster with different folks descended from the Warren household. My cousin can arrange an account and do the identical factor if she needs. AutoTree and AutoKinship might assist with that.

Utilizing conventional family tree, if I can establish different sisters of Mary Warren (daughters of Jane Davis,) I can ask folks descended from them by way of all females to take a mitochondrial DNA take a look at. In the event that they match my cousin, that’s an exceptionally compelling piece of proof.

In fact, I can do extra work on the mitochondrial DNA matches we have already got by emailing and asking for family tree data. The piece of proof we’d like could be proper beneath our noses.

The Warren Household

Should you descend from a Warren household within the Spotsylvania County space within the 1600s by way of 1700s, would you please test your matches to see in case you have me, Vannoy, McNiel, McNeil, Rash or Shepherd matches? I’d like to slender this down.

Should you descend by way of all females from William Warren or one other Warren household who would have been having youngsters within the Spotsylvania County from about 1710 to possibly 1740, would you please attain out to me? If we will pinpoint a possible household for Mary Warren who was reportedly born in 1726, I’d like to do a confirming mitochondrial DNA take a look at.


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