Families of Moore County, NC- Background



Arnold, Brown, Cagle, Cockman, Dunn, Furr, Gilmore, Horner, Hunsucker, Jackson, Maness, McFarland, McNeill, Melton, Moore, Morgan, Richardson, Ritter, Sanders, Sheffield, Stewart, Wallace, Williams


This project is open to all individuals with paternal or maternal ancestors from Moore County, NC as well as those who genetically match. You can learn more about many of the participating families at www.MooreCountyWallaces.com

Sample of participating Y-DNA families [as of April 2014]

• Britt

Daniel Henry Britt, a descendant of Simon Britt [1813-1860] from Robeson County, NC tested 67 markers and has matched a number of Britt families including one that descends from Joseph Britt, Sr. [bef 1755 – bef 1810 Moore County, NC].  Joseph and at least five of his sons migrated from Wake County to Moore County prior to 1800.  All Britt families descending from the Moore County/Montgomery County Britts descend from Joseph Sr.  The DNA match confirms that the Britt famiies of Moore/Montgomery counties and the Britt families of Robeson County descend from the same Britt families that were originally from Virginia and moved down into North Carolina settling in the Edgecombe County area before migrating on to Johnston and Wake counties.

• Brown

Mickey Brown, a descendant of John Brown [1814-1841], tested 67 markers. The belief has always been the John Brown was a likely grandson of Jesse Brown [1763 Chatham County, NC-c1831 Moore County, NC] and great-grandson to John Brown [d. 1776 Chatham County, NC].  To date, the only matches have come from Brown descendants who lived in Georgia in the early 1800’s.  Given that these matches are not exact, it is likely that the most recent common Brown ancestor was further back in time.  More research and tests will be needed to determine ancestor of John Brown.  Specific needs include confirmed Brown descendants of Jesse to see if they do in fact match Mickey’s sample.

• Cagle

Earl Cagle, Sr., a descendant of German Immigrant Leonhart Kegel/Leonard Cagle [1684 Germany-aft1754 PA], tested 67 markers.  Earl descends through his son Henry Cagle, Sr. [d. 1802 Moore County, NC] then through his son Peter Cagle [1775-1842].  Peter and his family migrated from Moore County, NC to Pickens/Cherokee County, GA.  While very few Cagles have had their Y-DNA tested to date, it has been well established that many of the Cagles families across the south and west can trace their ancestry back to Leonhart Kegel’s descendants in Moore County, NC.  Future tests are very likely to show close matches with Earl’s Y-DNA.

• Furr

William Upshur Furr, a descendant of Leonard Furr [1758 Cabarrus County, NC - 1830/1835 Copiah County, MS], tested 37 markers.  William descends from Leonard > Leonard Furr Jr. > Upshur Furr > James T. "Dock" Furr > William Upshur Furr [William's grandfather].  It has always been passed down that Leonard was the son of Swiss immigrants Heinrich Furrer and Russena Rosser.  William's DNA is an exact match to Bill Furr's DNA confirming this long held belief.  Bill descends from Heinrich's son Paul Furr [1754 GA - 1837 Cabarrus County, NC] and is an excellent resource for all Furr family information.  

• Horner

Don Horner, a descendant of George Horner [1726 MD-1793/1794 Orange County, NC] tested 37 markers.  George was the father of Revolutionary War soldier George R. Horner [1761 Orange County, NC-1844 Moore County, NC].  George R. Horner was the progenitor of the Moore County, NC Horners. Don further descends from George R. > George Washington Horner > James Washington Horner > Josiah Turner Horner [Don’s grandfather].  To date, Don has matched an additional Horner.  Jack Delbert Horner [deceased] descends from George Horner [1726-1794] as well but through son William Horner [1746-1824].  William's family migrated to TN and his descendants continued on to MO and later throughout the western United States.    

• Hunsucker

Christopher "Chris" Wallace a descendant of John Mack Wallace [1845-1927] has also been tested. Mack's mother was Franey Wallace, daughter of Everet Wallace and we have been trying to confirm the oral history that had been handed down through generations that Mack's father was a Hunsucker. While we don't have an exact match it is encouraging that two of Chris' closest matches were Hunsucker descendants. One matched 35 out of 37 markers and the other matched 34 out of 37 likely indicating a common male Hunsucker ancestor.

• Maness

Thurman Maness, longtime Moore County, NC historian and keeper of the Maness heritage died in 2010.  Fortunately Lacy Garner, Tom Stewart and others had Thurman tested a couple of years prior.  Thurman was a proud descendant of Revolutionary War soldier William Maness Jr. [c1738-1832] and his father, William Maness Sr. [d.1787].  Thurman further descended through one of William Jr.'s triplet sons Abednego Maness > Issac Maness > Thomas P. Maness > Reuben Addison Maness [Thurman's father].   The Maness DNA Project has done an excellent job of collecting Maness samples from around the country and Thurman's DNA matches [at varying levels] over 30 additional samples in Group 1 of their analysis.  The Maness Project summarizes that while it cannot be proven completely given the lack of pedigree information on several of the samples, it is possible that William Maness Sr. was the common ancestor for all of Group 1.  This would tract what Thurman and other Maness family researchers have believed for years - that most of the Maness' in the southern United States descend from William Maness Sr. of Moore County, NC.  As far as William Sr.'s origination, the Maness Project correctly states that there are a number of theories, thoughts and rumors but to date none have been proven.

• McNeill

Mac Clabaugh has worked extensively on the McNeill family and has done a great job recruiting a number of participants.  Clyde McNeill [decd.] and John Robert McNeill descend from Scottish immigrant and Revolutionary War soldier Hector McNeill [b. 1752/1753 Isle of Skye, Scotland - 1842 Moore County, NC] and wife Isabella Murchison via son Daniel McNeill > Archibald McNeill > John Robert McNeill, Sr. and John T. McNeill Jr. descends via Hector's son Phillip McNeill > Simon Alexander McNeill > John Tresvant McNeill.  Their results through 67 markers show a close connection to Gerald McNeill; a descendant of Angus McNeill [1792-1833], who migrated from Moore County, NC to Sumpter County, AL suggesting a close relationship between Hector and Angus.  The Y-DNA results also closely match a large number of McLeod families possibly indicating that Hector McNeill was a McLeod descendant.

• Melton

Steve Melton, a sixth great-grandson of Robert Melton [b. VA- d. 1759 Orange County, NC], recently tested 67 markers.  Steve further descends from Robert via Ancel Melton [c1740 Orange County, NC- 1800/1810 Moore County, NC] > James Melton > Robert Melton > James Melton > Eli Melton > Stephen Melton [Steve’s grandfather].  His Y-DNA matched several Melton descendants with origins in North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee likely confirming oral history of Robert Melton's descendants migrating throughout the southeast to South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. 

• Moore

Ernest Eugene Moore descends from Elias Moore [b. 1820] of Moore County, NC who migrated to Lauderdale County, AL during the late 1860’s.  He has tested 67 markers and to date has a few matches with other Moore males around the country.  No connection has been made at this point between the different Moore families.

• Morgan

Roger Morgan, a descendant of John Morgan, Sr. [d. 1799/1800 Moore County, NC] tested 67 markers and was a positive match to several Morgan males around the country including Brett Porter Morgan.  Roger and Brett both descend from John Morgan’s son James Pleasant Morgan [1780/1784-1848].  Roger continues through son George Troy Morgan > Joseph Pleasants Morgan > Elder Van Morgan [Roger’s grandfather].  Brett descends from James Pleasant Morgan via son James Goodwin Morgan > John G. Morgan.  James Goodwin Morgan migrated from Moore County, NC to Kansas.  John Morgan, Sr. is believed to have been born in Orange County, NC and moved to Moore County, NC by 1759.  He may have been the son of Mark Morgan of Orange County, NC.

• Sanders

Bill Saunders-Curry descends from Jesse Sanders [1770/1775 – aft 1848 Moore County, NC] through son Hardy Sanders [1807-1895] and grandson Brittan Sanders [1831-1913].  Bill tested 37 markers and the matches helped researchers change directions on Jesse’s father.  He was originally thought to be the son of William Sanders of Chatham County, NC but Bill’s Y-DNA actually matched a number of Sanders men descending from the Randolph County/Montgomery County, NC Sanders rather than the Chatham County group.  More research is needed to determine Jesse's father but the DNA results have greatly narrowed the potential candidates.  Gary Sanders, a descendant of Isaac Sanders [c1740-c1825] provides a great analysis on Jesse at this link. Jim Sanders, a descendant of Lewis Sanders [b. 1690], also provides a detailed listing of early Sanders in Virginia.  

• Sheffield

Bill Sheffield is a fifth great-grandson of John Sheffield Sr. [d. 1796, Moore County, NC], one of the most widely held ancestors in upper Moore County.  Bill descends from John Sheffield Sr. through son John Sheffield Jr. [1750/1760-1837] > John Sheffield III [1770/1775- 1845] > Stephen Sheffield > Benjamin Franklin Sheffield > William Wesley Sheffield [Bills' grandfather]. Bill tested 37 markers and the results help confirm a long held belief that the Moore County Sheffields were related to the Sheffields of Duplin County, NC.  Bill's Y-DNA is a close match to a number of Sheffield men who descend from the Duplin County family confirming that John Sr. of Moore County and the John Sheffield located in Duplin during the same time frame shared a common male ancestor.  Carl Sheffield descends from John Sheffield of Duplin County [1735-1790] and manages the Sheffield DNA Project which is a great resource for additional information on Sheffield DNA.  Additional matches show genetic matches to Sheffields from Northampton County, NC, and Bulloch County, GA indicating that it is likely all of these lines descend from a common male Sheffield.

• Stewart

Tom Stewart, a descendant of Irish immigrant Samuel Stuart [1714 Ireland -1824 Anderson County, SC] and wife Jane Dickey through son Edward Stuart [1767-aft 1830] > John Stewart [1805-1889] > Elias W. Stewart [1833-1910].  Tom tested 67 markers and has received a large number of matches.  We unfortunately haven’t been able to connect the Stewart matches to date but have also noticed a large number of Key/McGee/McKay matches suggesting that it is likely that these families share a common male ancestor within the last 12-16 generations.

• Sullivan

Doric “Dart” Sullivan descends from Jesse Sullivan [1813 Davidson County, NC – 1870 Moore County, NC] through son William Lindsay Sullivan and grandson Jesse Lindsay Sullivan [Dart’s grandfather].  Jesse’s ancestry is unknown but it is likely that he descends from the Sullivan families located in Guilford and Rowan/Davidson County NC area in the late 1700’s.  Dart's Y-DNA matched a number of Sullivan men around the country but to date the genealogical connection between these families has not been established.  Also interesting is that two of the matches descend from Sullivans from Cork, Ireland potentially suggesting the area in Ireland where the Moore County Sullivans originated.  More research will be needed to determine the actually relationships between these matches. 

• Wallace / Ritter [expanded info here]

Numerous descendants of Everet Wallace [c1770-c1845] and Jesse Ritter [c1735-c1807/1808] have been tested at the 37 and 67 marker levels and have shown to be an exact match to each other.  Everet Wallace was the progenitor of the Wallaces of Moore County and has proven to be the roadblock for Wallace researchers for the last thirty years.  He has been well documented in Moore County, NC from the 1790 Census up until his death around 1845.  Several possible theories and leads have come and gone over the years but none have successfully been proven.  [See this link for additional detail]The same can be said for Jesse Ritter, Sr. among the Ritter family researchers. He can be found in Cumberland County, NC [present day Moore County] as early as 1769 and consistently through his death around 1807/1808.  [See this link for additional detail on Jesse] There is no known direct relationship between Everet Wallace and the Jesse Ritter but the DNA results clearly show a close one.  According to FamilyTreeDNA, an exact match at the 67 marker level indicates there is a 68% chance that the Wallaces and Ritter share a Most Recent Common Ancestor within 5 generations. Those probabilities greatly increase each additional generation to 82% chance within 6 generations, 90% within 7 generations, 94% within 8 generations and 97% within 9 generations. It is very likely that further back either Everet Wallace’s father or grandfather was a Ritter or that Jesse Ritter, Sr.’s father or grandfather was a Wallace. An interesting piece of circumstantial evidence is that Jesse Ritter, Sr. had a son named Everett Ritter [c1760-aft1850]. We have recently upgraded several tests to the 111 marker level to further narrow down the generations between the common male ancestor.

• Wallaces of Graves County, KY and Montgomery County, NC

Two descendants of Eli Wallace [1790-1855] have tested 37 markers. Eli was born in Montgomery County, NC and migrated to Graves County, KY during the 1830's and is believed to have had brothers Isham and Nathan Wallace. It has always been my belief that these Wallaces families of Montgomery and Davidson County, NC were related to Everet Wallace of Moore County, NC. Clifton Wallace and Chuck Wallace both descend from sons of Kendrick Wallace.  Kendrick was Eli Wallace's son.  Unfortunately, neither of the 37 marker samples from Clifton or Chuck matched our Wallaces nor did they match each other leaving the finding inconclusive at best. More research and more samples will need to be tested to gain a better understanding.

Additionally two descendants of William Wallace [1791/1800-1843] of Montgomery County, NC have tested 37 markers.  William is believed to have been closely related to the Eli Wallace above and potentially related to Everet Wallace of Moore County, NC.  Larry Wallace descends from William > James Alvis Wallace > Chisholm Clark Wallace > Claude Clark Wallace [Larry’s grandfather].  Kurt Wallace, another descendant of William Wallace via son Alexander Clark Wallace [migrated from Montgomery, NC to Graves County, KY] > E. Milton Wallace > Herman S. Wallace [Kurt’s grandfather] recently tested 37 markers as well.  The results were pretty fascinating as Larry and Kurt’s 37 marker test results closely match a number of Wallaces throughout the country who either trace their ancestry back to Scotch-Irishmen James Wallace [1690-1748] and wife Elizabeth Campbell or Peter Wallace, Sr. [1680-1723] and wife Elizabeth Woods. The connection between James and Peter Sr. has not been established but a number of their descendants share similar Y-DNA. Many of their children immigrated to America and based on the timeframe it is likely that William Wallace was a great-grandson of one of these men. More research is needed to determine the connection but it is possible that William’s father lived in Rowan County, NC and his father came from MD/VA to NC. 

Dennis Wallace, a descendant of William Wallace [1814-1886] of Chesterfield County, SC tested recently on the belief that the Chesterfield County Wallaces could have possibly descended from the Montgomery County/Davidson County, NC Wallaces.  Unfortunately, the tests were inconclusive on the Wallace connection.  Dennis’ 111 marker sample did not match any Wallace samples to date but was a very close match to multiple samples from the Britton/Brittan family likely meaning that within the last 4-8 generations the Brittons and Wallaces share a common male ancestor.

• Williams

It has long been believed that George Williams [d. 1797 Moore County, NC] was the progenitor of many of the Williams families located in upper Moore County. George lived northwest of the Robbins crossroads on Flag Creek and left a will in 1797 listing sons James, Jeremiah, Thomas and William. We’ve been working to test a number of Williams’ descendants to try and confirm this theory. To date, we have been able to test the following Williams men for 67 markers: [1] Terry Williams who descends from George > William Williams [1767-1842] > Thomas Greene Williams > William Wesley Williams [2] Mel Williams who descends from George > Jeremiah Williams [b.1775] > Matthew Williams > John Spanker Williams [3] Ben Williams who descends from George > Jeremiah Williams [b.1775] > John Williams > Edward A. Williams [4] Tim Williams who descends from George > Jeremiah Williams [b.1775] > Bryant Williams > Jerry Hubert Williams, Sr. [5] James Upshur Williams who descends from George > William Williams [1767-1842] > Joseph Williams > Upshur Furr Williams and [6] Marvin Williams who descends from George > Jeremiah Williams [b.1775] > John Williams > Noah Williams.  Interesting enough all six of these men match each other but none are exact matches likely meaning mutations were more common within George’s descendants than typically found. They have all recently been upgraded to 111 markers and we are trying to recruit more samples from additional descendants to try and determine the exact meaning of the mutations. These descendants of George also match closely two samples from descendants of William Williams [1745-1813] and John Williams [b. 1770] both of Granville County, NC likely indicating a close connection between George and these Williams families. To date, we have been unable to make a connection between William and John of Granville although one clearly exists. More research is needed to connect them and to identify how George Williams fits into the picture.

Two additional 67 marker samples from upper Moore County Williams descendants have been taken that do not match descendants of George Williams.  Jerry Williams, a descendant of Jeremiah Williams [1784-1864] and Lee Williams, a descendant of Stephen D. Williams [b.1823] are matches confirming the long held belief that Stephen D. Williams was the son of Jeremiah b 1784.  Jerry’s Y-DNA is an exact match with the descendants of Isham Williams [1790 GA – 1860 KY].  Given the exact match between these samples the likelihood of a common male ancestor within very recent times is very high. In fact, it is 90% likely that the common male ancestor is within 4 generations and 99% with 8 generations. Jeremiah is four generations removed from Jerry. It is possible that Isham Williams and Jeremiah Williams likely had the same grandfather or great grandfather [essentially 6-7 generations ago]. Given that Isham was believed to be born in 1790 in GA and Jeremiah was born around 1784 in NC it seems unlikely that they were brothers.

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 3
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 65
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 22
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 10
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 6
Family Finder 47
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 5
Maternal Ancestor Information 55
mtDNA 26
mtDNA Full Sequence 14
mtDNA Plus 21
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 109
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 17
Total Members 129
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 1
Unreturned Kits 8
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 6
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 2
Y-DNA Subgroups 25
Y-DNA111 22
Y-DNA12 103
Y-DNA25 101
Y-DNA37 100
Y-DNA67 63