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    Big News!

    I managed to recruit a descendant of Amos Stevens, born 16 Oct 1778 in Ellicott City, Howard County (then part of Anne Arundel County), Maryland, from Ancestry for y-dna testing, since genealogist Joan Peake, in her report of 23 May 2016, identified Amos as a likely relative and son of Augustine "Augustus" Stevens, who was born probably before 1750 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This was an important test, since a match would confirm Joan Peake's research and link me and my group of y-dna matches up to Amos' family and Amos' family up to the other Fayette County, PA, Stevens/Stephens bunch Joan discovered as likely suspects.

    Well, today this man's 12-marker test results came in, and he is an exact match for the bunch of us! Thank God!

    I know it's only 12 markers, but, given the genealogical context and the surname, it's not likely to be the product of convergence. Woo-hoo!

    I'm pretty jazzed about it.

    Now I've got to see if we can't come up with the cash for an upgrade to 111 markers for this man.

    This is the happiest I have been about anything in quite awhile.
    Last edited by rms2; 08-22-2016 at 08:27 PM. Reason: To fix a minor word omission.
     


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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    I managed to recruit a descendant of Amos Stevens, born 16 Oct 1778 in Ellicott City, Howard County (the part of Anne Arundel County), Maryland, from Ancestry for y-dna testing, since genealogist Joan Peake, in her report of 23 May 2016, identified Amos as a likely relative and son of Augustine "Augustus" Stevens, who was born probably before 1750 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This was an important test, since a match would confirm Joan Peake's research and link me and my group of y-dna matches up to Amos' family and Amos' family up to the other Fayette County, PA, Stevens/Stephens bunch Joan discovered as likely suspects.

    Well, today this man's 12-marker test results came in, and he is an exact match for the bunch of us! Thank God!

    I know it's only 12 markers, but, given the genealogical context and the surname, it's not likely to be the product of convergence. Woo-hoo!

    I'm pretty jazzed about it.

    Now I've got to see if we can't come up with the cash for an upgrade to 111 markers for this man.

    This the happiest I have been about anything in quite awhile.
    Congratulations, that's good news! I read your thread awhile back and I'm glad your efforts have born fruit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcB View Post
    Congratulations, that's good news! I read your thread awhile back and I'm glad your efforts have born fruit.
    Thanks!

    I was impressed with genealogist Joan Peake before, but now I am doubly impressed. She is the one who ferreted this stuff out, and she really called it.
     


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    This must be my lucky day, because the man just up and ordered an upgrade to 111 markers! Woo-hoo again!

    It looks like this man is pretty enthusiastic. Phew! What a relief. This is a real blessing. Not only does he bring in some good info, but he seems to be actually interested, as well. This is a good day.
     


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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    I managed to recruit a descendant of Amos Stevens, born 16 Oct 1778 in Ellicott City, Howard County (then part of Anne Arundel County), Maryland, from Ancestry for y-dna testing, since genealogist Joan Peake, in her report of 23 May 2016, identified Amos as a likely relative and son of Augustine "Augustus" Stevens, who was born probably before 1750 in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. This was an important test, since a match would confirm Joan Peake's research and link me and my group of y-dna matches up to Amos' family and Amos' family up to the other Fayette County, PA, Stevens/Stephens bunch Joan discovered as likely suspects.

    Well, today this man's 12-marker test results came in, and he is an exact match for the bunch of us! Thank God!

    I know it's only 12 markers, but, given the genealogical context and the surname, it's not likely to be the product of convergence. Woo-hoo!

    I'm pretty jazzed about it.

    Now I've got to see if we can't come up with the cash for an upgrade to 111 markers for this man.

    This the happiest I have been about anything in quite awhile.
    Bloody marvellous Rich, bet you're chuffed to beans : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    This must be my lucky day, because the man just up and ordered an upgrade to 111 markers! Woo-hoo again!

    It looks like this man is pretty enthusiastic. Phew! What a relief. This is a real blessing. Not only does he bring in some good info, but he seems to be actually interested, as well. This is a good day.
    Looks like he's got the fever like the rest of us. I can certainly understand why, it's a fascinating journey once you start down that road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdean View Post
    Bloody marvellous Rich, bet you're chuffed to beans : )
    Definitely!
     


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    Congrats! I know that feeling. I got it when my dad's paternal half-sisters test results finally came out after waiting for 2 years for them.

    Few people can relate to why people like us gets so excited about things like this
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    This is a quote from the book, A Centennial Biographical History of Crawford County, Ohio, pages 504-507, by James G. Tobias (1902):


    Amos H. Stevens was born near Allicott's Mills [Ellicott's Mills], Maryland, on October 16, 1778, and he was a son of Augustus and Sophia (Young) Stevens, these parents being of English and Welsh extraction.
    Tobias got Amos' father's name wrong. It was Augustine, not Augustus, as the will of Augustine's brother Samuel makes clear, and also as the fact that Amos named one of his own sons Augustine makes clear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Will of Samuel Stevens 25 Sep 1797
    . . . I give and bequeath unto my wife Nancy my whole Estate real and personal during her natural life - then to descend to my Daughter Priscilla and her heirs forever -. 3dly If my Said daughter should die in her minority or without lawful Issue - then I devise my whole Estate to Augustine Stephens Son of Augustine Stephens - 4thly If said Augustine Stephens should die unmarried and without Issue then I devise the same to his brother Jacob Stephens . . .
    BTW, I called it the will of Samuel Stevens because within the will itself the surname appears both as Stevens and Stephens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rms2 View Post
    This is a quote from the book, A Centennial Biographical History of Crawford County, Ohio, pages 504-507, by James G. Tobias (1902):




    Tobias got Amos' father's name wrong. It was Augustine, not Augustus, as the will of Augustine's brother Samuel makes clear, and also as the fact that Amos named one of his own sons Augustine makes clear.



    BTW, I called it the will of Samuel Stevens because within the will itself the surname appears both as Stevens and Stephens.
    As coincidence would have it, I live in a little town call Saint Augustine. Not that that means anything but nevertheless. ;-)

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