For some time now, an enduring mystery has been who is the father of my grandmother, Beatrice Eleanor Chapman?
I have been going through DNA matches for a while trying to sort them into those that also match with 1st cousins and a half 1st cousin of my mum and dad, so I can identify a grandparent related to each match that I can see in common with any particular cousin who has tested.
Recently, my mum also tested with Family Tree DNA, and her results were interesting to look at, as one of my top matches is also one of mum’s top matches on FTDNA.
The 2nd DNA match down in the image above is the match of interest to my mum. In the image below, the 1st DNA match is the same match on my match list:
I have deliberately removed any names from the screenshots above.
Having been in contact with this DNA match some time ago I can say that this person’s ancestors in the relevant timescale were from south east England, from London and the surrounding counties.
I decided to try playing around with an experimental family tree, to see if I added different people’s names during the right timeframe in different positions, based on the amounts of shared DNA in common and making an educated guess based on those shared amounts in relation to DNA matches I have managed to confirm, whether I would get any shared ancestor hints on the Ancestry DNA test, which I upoaded to FTDNA some time ago.
Sure enough, I had to get a shared ancestor hint eventually from this process, and it came by placing this family in the tree on the branch of my unknown great grandfather! And it links in fairly nicely with my estimate, although possibly a generation out.
Although this isn’t the same DNA match as on the FTDNA website, they are related, through a different branch of the Cox family.
I mentioned briefly above that I am possibly a generation out. If you’ve read my “Beatrice’s Story” post, you may know that my grandmother, Beatrice Eleanor Chapman was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1925.
I decided to try looking for a Cox family in the Edinburgh area on the Scottish 1911 census who were born in England, I found this family living in Quality Street, Cramond, on the outskirts of Edinburgh in 1911:
As you can see from the above image, George Cox, aged 44 was born in England. This would mean that he was born in about 1867.
Going back to the shared ancestor hint image further above, you’ll notice the shared ancestors are William Cox and Louisa Moore, they did have a son called George, only he was born much later than 1867.
William Cox, however, also had a brother called George Cox born at about the right time to be the same George as shown in the 1911 census. William and George being children of Robert Cox and Amelia Morgan.
From the birth registration of one of George and Mary E’s children, the certificate states that George and Mary Ellen (nee Tuttle) were married in London, England in the mid 1890s, this would place them in the right area to fit in with the other Cox family members at the right time.
And so, it is possible that one of George and Mary Ellen’s son’s is my great grandfather. George W, born about 1896, Tom R. C. born about 1901, or Jack A, born in about 1905. The same year Frances Eleanor Chapman was born.
Or I could be completely wrong!
UPDATE 22/11/16. The George Cox in the census image above appears to have been born in Lincolnshire, not London.