This page is titled “Most Wanted” instead of “Brick Walls” for a reason. Genealogists often refer to dead ends as brick walls. While some may be walls, many are simply research waiting to be done. That is the case with my Most Wanted list. I’ve done some research regarding these questions but nothing close to what is really needed to answer them. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like a clue or two if you happen to have one. Leave a comment or email me if you do. Click the titles for more information about each question.
Y-DNA didn’t shed any light on this questions, but atDNA may well provide the answer.
Proving that John Petty of Bradley County, Tennessee and Whitfield County, Georgia was John R.’s father didn’t help at all for identifying his mother, except that she was almost certainly old John’s wife.
Yes, there was an older William Taylor in Rockcastle County, Kentucky but that doesn’t prove he and his wife were this William’s parents.
Joseph Smith Lanier and Nancy Jane Bennett’s oldest child hasn’t been found since she was last listed with her parents in the 1900 census and it’s almost certain that she wasn’t really living with them then.
Last Update: 29 Mar 2018