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by Ray Nichols.

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Friday, July 8, 2016

John M Nichols father found by DNA evidence #FamilyHistoryFriday

SOMETIMES you hit a wall hard and sometimes you grow attached to the solution that breaks that wall and you accept it as fact and spend a lot of time on the new branch and love it. It was exciting at first to find possible parents for my third great grandfather John who was known to be born in Bedford County but there was no documentation to link him for sure to any parents anywhere on Earth in his timeline of 1814, so when I found other trees that linked him to Isaac Nichols and Rhoda Bond of Bedford County fame, of course I had to add them to investigate.

However, months later, there was still no documentation of a link to Isaac and Rhoda. In fact, Isaac and Rhoda had Isaac Junior in that year apparently, and there was never even a child named John listed in their sources... Being quakers its for sure, that there would have been a record in the books of a son born to them, but there wasnt... 

Then something important happened, my YDNA test and the results page that they have there, which showed that my haplogroup and Isaac's ancestor Thomas' haplogroup are far far away from each other, meaning that the myth of my descendancy from Thomas is a fairy tale created by a paper trail and a hunch... 

My DNA however does match another bloodline in Bedford at the time of John's birth. The other Nichols family there was descended from one John Nichols of Maryland who married Martha Payne and had children who lived in Bedford County. One of them was Archibald Nichols who may have had numerous wives and was married to Judith Hatcher in the year 1814. One of their children was John M Nichols who may have been born in 1814 or in 1819 when Arch married his next wife, one Polly Updike in Bedford County. Judith died in 1819 but was she the mother of John? Could she have died during childbirth or from complications of childbirth like my grandmother?   

John M Nichols may have been born in 1814 or 1819 according to my sources, and his mother is probably Judith Hatcher or possibly Polly Updike. If he was born in 1814 then Judith was definitely his mother. 

Before my Ydna results there was no evidence to connect the dots in this bloodline, but now, its pretty much a mystery solved. I spent a lot of time researching Isaac Nichols family, but it turned out to be a wild goose chase.  

Now I have a new branch to research and now I know its mine, thanks to that y chromosome that is passed down from father to son to grandson.



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