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Thank you for your reply and all that good information.
Yes. I think there is probably a mistake in the lineaage regarding Daniel Rogers / Roger
Daniel. It could be true, and there could be a good reason, but it isn't clear yet. I
would like to figure it out, because it's that Rogers line that is making me think the
religious heritage of my Daniel ancestors is Puritan.
I appreciate knowing that Puritans would not have owned slaves. I am going to try to see
if I can find out what Roger Daniel did for a living when he got to Virginia.
I could easily believe my family has a Puritan background, considering the beliefs of many
of my relatives in Lee County, VA, but it isn't necessarily so.
I had my DNA done by 23andMe, and it came back as almost all Northern European, as in 99%.
I do have 0.6% Sub-Saharan African though, and that is a mystery I"d love to figure
out. (Rumors of a Melungeon connection in my family; a mixed race baby left on a
I don't understand DNA very well, but one thing I understand is that it likes to mix
itself up a lot. I think it's possible/probable that I share hardly any DNA at all
with most of my distant ancestors (say, 10 generations back). To share even 1% of DNA with
someone means they're possibly a 2nd or 3rd cousin, according to my experience on
I find research on ancestry to be an act of imagination grounded in research. I enjoy
learning about my ancestors and being able to have a "stake" in history because
I can now view it from their perspective. History was always hard for me to study, but now
I find I'd like to read and learn more about it. That's a benefit of doing
genealogy. I have only started though; I have a lot to learn.
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