My Own Unknown Great-Grandfather – June 17, 2020

After seeing this post –; original post –, it got me to thinking of a missing great-grandfather of mine. He was my father’s maternal grandfather. I have a Bastardy Bond issued in North Carolina while Great-Grandmother Holland Twiford was pregnant with my grandmother, Allene Twiford. I can’t find the Bastardy Bond as I think it was on I thought I had saved it to my tree on Ancestry, but not seeing it there. Dean Hassell – was the name of the father listed on the bond.

This was around 1911, back before DNA was an option. They weren’t married and I believe he didn’t admit to being the father of the unborn child. If that’s not bad enough, he later married a cousin of Great-Grandmother Holland, Lula Twiford – I believe they had children, but since Lula was related to my great-grandmother, I don’t think DNA would necessarily help me out in this case. In theory, if I got matches on both sides of a descendant of Dean and Lula, I may be able to use that to infer he was my great-grandfather. However, East Lake, North Carolina was a fairly small and isolated community so endogamy – was a big issue. In addition, the parents and possibly grandparents of the descendant could mean the matching on both sides was from one of the spouses.

Ideally, I would need a ton of money and a good connection to a judge in the area to dig up my grandmother, her mother, and Dean to extract DNA from all of them. From estimates, it would probably run $60,000 minimum just to dig them up and rebury them, not counting the DNA extraction which would be several thousand dollars more/person. The above relies on the theory that Dean was my great-grandfather. If he wasn’t my great-grandfather, then the money spent on him would help out his relatives without helping out me. Other than to verify he wasn’t my great-grandfather. Getting DNA from corpses can be hit or miss based on what I have read. Not to mention getting judges to agree to exhuming three in two different counties for DNA purposes may not be easy on its own.




About Wichita Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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7 Responses to My Own Unknown Great-Grandfather – June 17, 2020

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thanks for sharing your story; 60 K is too much, no one has that amount of money lying around. I did learn from your post the word Endogamy

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