If you want to discover your genetic history and where you came from... you’ve found the right place!

888-806-2588

Review of Science Writing and News Reports on DNA Testing and Popular Genetics

Where Do I Come From: Monica Sanowar

Friday, July 12, 2013

Where Do I Come From

Real People's DNA Stories

A Red-Hot Tale from the Nation's Capital

By Monica R. Sanowar

  

I took my first test with Family Tree in 2006. This test showed my mtDNA as L3e2b2 and it went like this:

52% West African

39% European

9% EAST ASIAN

0% Native American

I could not believe the East Asian part, and I shrugged it off and thought—that has to be Native American.

So, fast forward—I took another test with Ancestry.com. This was autosomal and showed:

48% - West African

44% - European

8% - UNKNOWN

How can you be UNKNOWN?

Neither of these tests really breaks down what country your people may have originated from. So then I tried 23&me, their autosomal offering.

49% - West African

48.3% European - Central - Northern - Non-specific

and the leftovers were .7 EAST ASIAN & NATIVE (although the NA box did not turn red)

and 1.4% UNSPECIFIED

I knew from family history that NA was on both sides of my fence. I also was aware that I had four of the traits Melungeon people have. I have the ridge in the back of my head that you can lay your finger in; I have ridges on the teeth and I can make the clicking sound on the shovel teeth; I have the Asian eyefold, and the very high arches. Can't get my foot inside of a boot and if I do, I can't get it off.  I was amazed that I got my results in less than two weeks!

Finally, I tried DNA Consultants. Its test was the very first that didn't show "UNKNOWN" or non-specific. Everything was accounted for, although I did find a few shocks. No one told me about Sephardic Jews or the Portuguese. At last, a test verified my Native roots with valid matches to tribes or nations and confirmed Native American autosomal markers—from both parents, as I had been told.

I got into Native culture back in 1983 when I started to go to powwows. I finally felt at home. I enjoyed seeing people that looked like me, mixed. My great-great-great grandmother was listed on the FREE NEGRO LIST where it asked How Freed? And it was written BORN FREE. Then came a description— a light-skinned black, with long straight black hair and a small scar on her hand. Below is a picture of her daughter, Alethea Preston Pinn. Alethea's father was a white man named Allen Preston. Alethea had seven children with James E. Colvin, who was white, and all

of their children were put on Walter Plecker's list of "mongrels" not allowed to vote or go to school. That was 1943. Not that long ago.

So, I got a second cousin to take the test with 23&me who comes directly from

Sarah Pinn (the alleged light-skinned black woman). My cousin's haplogroup came in A2N - Native American.

I know that some things may show and some not, but DNA Consultants' test knocked the EAST ASIAN right off the page. I've learned a lot of different things with DNA testing, but DNA Consultants' is the best one I have seen and is well worth the money. 

I love it when these geneticists and genealogists out there decide what you do or do not have in your family tree, especially the Indian part of the tree.  As if this just could not have happened . . . .  I am proud of all of it.  I can just about hang up a flag from everywhere.   

I can't praise the DNA Fingerprint Plus enough and wish I'd known about it years ago. I really appreciate all of the knowledge and insight Dr. Yates has about genealogy and history that I was totally unaware of. I actually spoke to him on the phone at length and he truly made my day. I highly recommend DNA Consultants' service to people who are looking for the truth about their genealogy.

And speaking of spicy mixtures, check out my hot sauces at Sun Pony. They've got secret, all-natural ingredients just like the family!

Alethea Preston Pinn, my great-great-grandmother on my paternal side.

My mother, Mary Wood.

My great-aunt Lenora Wood.

 

Elizabeth Colvin, a granddaughter of Alethea Preston Pinn. "Contrary to the belief and convictions of many people, long hair really does exist in my family," says Monica Sanowar. "It isn't a made-up fantasy and this was long before hairweaves.  My cousin's hair was down to her calves." 

Guest blog author Monica Sanowar is the founder of Sun Pony Distributors Inc., makers of a line of all-natural, wholesome condiments and energy supplements found in stores up and down the East Coast. Her first hot sauce was Yellow Thunder and her Native name is Sundancer. SunPony's D.C. Redbone Hot Sauce is the official hot sauce of the Anacostia Indians, D.C.'s little known indigenous people, who were first recorded by Capt. John Smith in 1608.  Sanowar lives in Washington, D.C., not far from the Anacostia's village site, now a national historical landmark. Watch grassdancer Rusty Gillette in a video about D.C. Redbone. 
Comments

Phyllis Starnes commented on 12-Jul-2013 04:42 PM

Monica Sanowar,

I had the pleasure of analyzing your personal DNA profile and preparing your report.

I am pleased that our detailed report validated your known ancestry.

Thank you for sharing your experience with DNA Consultants.

Phyllis Starnes
Assistant Investigator
DNA Consultants

BCarr commented on 18-Jun-2015 02:57 AM

It appears that your DNA results of a preponderance of African and Caucasian genes is in line with the latest DNA studies that have pretty much confirmed that "Melungeon" is not a tri-racial (i.e. native American, Caucasian, and Portuguese) construct but rather a biracial heritage of mainly Caucasian and African DNA markers.


Please tell us what you think

Name, website, and email are optional; if we publish your comment, your name will be shown, and may be linked to your website if provided, but the email you enter will not be published.





Captcha Image

 

 


Recent Posts


Tags

Carl Zimmer Colima Khazars cancer Zionism Y chromosome DNA Antonio Torroni Nova Scotia education Henriette Mertz Mark Thomas Ashkenazi Jews Central Band of Cherokees Ancestry.com Douglas C. Wallace NPR bar mitzvah Black Dutch Yates surname medicine Early Jews of England and Wales Zizmer Cajuns Jewish GenWeb Columbia University Mildred Gentry Joseph Jacobs religion ged.com Panther's Lodge Colin Pitchfork Hertfordshire Belgium Constantine Rafinesque M. J. Harper mental foramen Chris Stringer David Cornish Science magazine George van der Merwede Asian DNA Janet Lewis Crain powwows Mother Qualla health and medicine Waynesboro Pennsylvania Kennewick Man Ethel Cox Cooper surname Bill Tiffee Tucson crosses Freemont Indians Gypsies Washington D.C. haplogroup X Navajo Rare Genes mitochondrial DNA b'nei anousim Nayarit Lab Corp Marie Cheng Nephilim, Fritz Zimmerman Richmond California history of science New York Review of Books Olmec Rutgers University Population genetics Thruston Tablet James Shoemaker anthropology Stan Steiner Michael Schwartz Cohen Modal Haplotype Ari Plost The Calalus Texts Sonora Douglas Owsley Gravettian culture Tintagel Rich Crankshaw Joseph Andrew Park Wilson polydactylism Patrick Pynes Genome Sciences Building Riane Eisler Maui North Carolina Israel, Shlomo Sand FDA Charlemagne Tennessee Barnard College haplogroup C Hawaii John Wilwol Kari Schroeder DNA Diagnostics Center Bentley surname research Kitty Prince of the Bear River Athabaskans Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies private allele Bering Land Bridge Svante Paabo Austronesian, Filipinos, Australoid Bode Technology George Starr-Bresette prehistory Sir Joshua Reynolds Walter Plecker The Nation magazine IntegenX breast cancer N. Brent Kennedy Finnish people Pueblo Indians Harold Sterling Gladwin Nature Genetics Kate Wong Ancient Giantns Who Ruled America Zuni Indians Roberta Estes Illumina Anacostia Indians Indian Territory Wales Daniel Defoe Wendy Roth Bureau of Indian Affairs Patagonia immunology Elizabeth C. Hirschman Ron Janke Robert C. Hyde autosomal DNA Phillipe Charlier single nucleotide polymorphism myths Thuya Gila River prehistoric art Neolithic Revolution Discovery Channel Maronites Mary Kugler Abenaki Indians Alia Garcia-Ureste Daily News and Analysis Fritz Zimmerman Nancy Gentry Caucasian Mexico Science Daily, Genome Biol. Evol., Eran Elhaik, Khazarian Hypothesis, Rhineland Hypothesis genomics labs Asiatic Fathers of America Henry IV DNA security crypto-Jews hominids 23andme El Paso Akhenaten family history Rafael Falk Melungeon Movement Chuetas Italy Egyptians haplogroup J Robinson Crusoe Elvis Presley DNA haplogroup G Turkic DNA Sasquatch gedmatch Abraham Lincoln Etruscans King Arthur, Tintagel, The Earliest Jews and Muslims of England and Wales Douglas Preston haplogroup L Mohawk Melungeon Union Central Band of Cherokee Russell Belk genetic memory Muslims in American history Eske Willerslev Bigfoot Keros forensics Melanesians Cherokee DNA David Reich consanguinity Theodore Steinberg Asiatic Echoes Holocaust Database Richard Dewhurst DNA magazine Kari Carpenter Ostenaco Middle Eastern DNA First Peoples Nikola Tesla Bradshaw Foundation Hebrew inscriptions HapMap Chromosomal Labs Bode Technology Jon Entine haplogroup E Promega Scientific American Scotland Hohokam Indians Juanita Sims Marija Gimbutas Tara MacIsaac genetics Helladic art Stone Age Puerto Rico Jews and Muslims in British Colonial America evolution Genex Diagnostics Roma People Cherokee DNA Project Lithuania Penny Ferguson ethnicity Irish history pipe carving Amy Harmon Horatio Cushman haplogroup U phenotype far from the tree National Museum of Natural History Chris Tyler-Smith Austro-Hungary England epigenetics corn Acadians haplogroup R Richard Buckley Hispanic ancestry Phyllis Starnes research MHC university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill BBCNews pheromones ethnic markers European DNA Gunnar Thompson Jack Goins rapid DNA testing Paleolithic Age Eric Wayner Ziesmer, Zizmor Sizemore surname mummies Peter Parham Elizabeth DeLand DNA Fingerprint Test Beringia Gregory Mendel Cherokee Freedmen peopling of the Americas admixture megapopulations art history Charles Perou Sam Kean Life Technologies Tucson Celts Taino Indians Phoenix Valparaiso University Anne C. Stone Wendell Paulson Dienekes Anthropology Blog clinical chemistry Cornwall metis Tutankamun Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma Victor Hugo Comanche Indians climate change Cree Indians William Byrd Kurgan Culture Barack Obama Michael Grant John Ruskamp Stephen A. Leon Great Goddess Oxford Nanopore Secret History of the Cherokee Indians Phoenicians palatal tori Brian Wilkes Bulgaria clan symbols Indo-Europeans andrew solomon Los Lunas Decalogue Stone FBI Cave art Basques rock art human leukocyte testing London New York Times Israel Elzina Grimwood Shlomo Sand Hohokam Signal Hill James Stritzel haplogroup D Ananya Mandal Old World Roots of the Cherokee Pueblo Grande Museum haplogroup B Mark Stoneking Sinti When Scotland Was Jewish surnames haplogroup H Choctaw Indians X chromosome genetic determinism DNA testing companies Normans AP Panther's Lodge Publishers news Richard Lewontin Odessa Shields Cox Ripan Malhi Magdalenian culture Tom Martin Scroft Timothy Bestor Irish Central INORA Britain Denisovans Texas A&M University Leicester Jim Bentley Clovis CODIS markers Mucogee Creeks Harry Ostrer Jewish genetics microsatellites French Canadians Anne Marie Fine haplogroup N Colin Renfrew Ireland PNAS Chauvet cave paintings Sinaloa bloviators King Arthur haplogroup T Arabic mutation rate Philippa Langley Luca Pagani Cancer Genome Atlas Les Miserables Sea Peoples Native American DNA Dragging Canoe Romania Erika Chek Hayden Navajo Indians Kentucky aliyah New Mexico Neanderthals Sarmatians Smithsonian Institution Sizemore Indians Mary Settegast ancient DNA ethics Monya Baker personal genomics Arizona State University Irish DNA Current Anthropology Native American DNA Test oncology Alec Jeffreys Nature Communications Maya B'nai Abraham Plato American Journal of Human Genetics Altai Turks Charlotte Harris Reese Virginia DeMarce Jewish contribution to world literature Melba Ketchum Rush Limbaugh ISOGG Virginia genealogy Patrick Henry Jews Pima Indians Gustavo Ramirez Calderon Bryan Sykes Germany Johnny Depp Isabel Allende Nadia Abu El-Haj China Peter Martyr Y chromosomal haplogroups French DNA Charles Darwin Rebecca L. Cann Greeks haplogroup M ENFSI Moundbuilders New York Academy of Sciences Melungeons DNA Forums Sorbs seafaring India DNA Fingerprint Test African DNA Alabama Applied Epistemology Iran Slovakia cannibalism Solutreans Majorca GlobalFiler Havasupai Indians Satoshi Horai American history Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Melungeon Heritage Association hoaxes Hadassah Magazine Oxford Journal of Evolution linguistics Cleopatra Algonquian Indians Bryony Jones DNA databases Family Tree DNA alleles Silverbell Artifacts Holy Roman Empire Stony Creek Baptist Church statistics Jesse Montes occipital bun Russia Cismaru Stacy Schiff methylation Arabia National Health Laboratories human migrations Middle Ages North African DNA haplogroup W horizontal inheritance Genie Milgrom Jalisco Michoacan familial Mediterranean fever Miguel Gonzalez Discover magazine Micmac Indians Hopi Indians population isolates human leukocyte antigens Europe Black Irish race Smithsonian Magazine Jewish novelists haplogroup Z Louis XVI Wikipedia National Geographic Daily News Myra Nichols Tifaneg giants Albert Einstein College of Medicine Henry VII Telltown El Castillo cave paintings Tumamoc Hill Grim Sleeper Cocoraque Butte Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama Cismar EURO DNA Fingerprint Test Salt River Holocaust Old Souls in a New World archeology Donald N. Yates FOX News Arizona Monica Sanowar Pomponia Graecina Anglo-Saxons University of Leicester genealogy Epoch Times Early Jews and Muslims of England and Wales (book) Jan Ravenspirit Franz Teresa Panther-Yates population genetics BATWING District of Columbia Khoisan Stephen Oppenheimer Terry Gross Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act Anasazi origins of art Ukraine Lebanon John Butler Richard III Joel E. Harris Epigraphic Society

Archive