Yeah – Another potential family tree revelation from a 23andMe match! A few days ago, I was looking at one of my matches family trees and noticed he had the Boston surname on his tree. Boston is a surname in my family – one of my 3rd great-grandmothers was named Lovey Boston. To date, I don’t have a lot of information about Lovey – she was born around 1821, started cohabitating with Prince Walker about 1836 and they lived in Plymouth, Washington County, NC. Lovey and Prince would go on to have at least 8 children – their son Anthony being my direct ancestor.
From 23anMe, I learned that my match (we’ll call him EW), and I share DNA of African origin. He matches my mother, my maternal uncle, and myself at the same segment. He has a 2nd segment in common with my uncle.
EWis a descendant of David Boston and wife Elizabeth of the Free Union “Piney Woods” community of Martin & Washington counties in NC. In fact, of EW’s ancestry, 3 of his 3rd-great-grandparents were children of David & Elizabeth. At first, I was not sure how Lovey could connect, but a cousin of EW’s (we’ll call her ER) spotted people in my Lovey Boston descendancy chart that she recognized and by looking at her tree, I could see connections more clearly. One of Lovey’s daughters was the second wife to a man named Peter Moore. Peter Moore’s first wife, was a sister of ER’s 3rd-great-grandmothers.
I’m still working on how Lovey may fit into his family tree, but right now, my current theory is that Lovey may have been another one of David & Elizabeth’s children. Given her approximate birth date, it makes sense for her to be positioned there generationally, and it is at about the right number of generations back for our match prediction of the 4th cousin range. If Lovey was indeed one of their children, EW and I are 4th cousins exactly. Of course, Lovey could be a niece of David’s too. Who knows?
In fact, I found a picture of one of David & Elizabeth’s documented daughters, Elizabeth Boston Brooks on the Piney Woods Project blog. Martha would have been a grand-niece of Elizabeth’s if I figured this out correctly.
Do you think Elizabeth looks like my great-grandmother Martha?
If indeed Lovey is part of David’s family then she has quite an interesting family background. According to the book “Disciple Assemblies of Eastern North Carolina” by William James Barber (1966), David was the founder of the Piney Woods Community.
I have much more research ahead of me! But, I am so pleased to have connected with this Boston family and their many descendants!