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Hatteras Island Family Reconstruction Project

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Hi, and thanks for your interest in the Hatteras Island Family project.  Many folks have questions, so we've prepared this handy reference to answer questions and provide info about our project.

 

Hatteras Island (in current Dare County, NC, but formerly in Hyde and Currituck) is a very unique place with an incredibly interesting history and geography as well.

 

·        Hatteras Island is the location where the Lost Colonists indicated that they went, to join their friends, the Croatoan Indians.

 

·        Hatteras Island has a long history of shipwrecks, with many families carrying the oral history that they descend from shipwreck victims.

 

·        Hatteras Island has an equally long oral history that many of the current residents 

descend from the original residents, the Croatoan (later the Hatteras) Indians.

 

·        The isolated geography of Hatteras Island served to discourage a lot of movement to 

the island after the initial land grants were awarded and free/cheap land was no longer available. 

 

·        The isolated geography prevented or discouraged intermarriage with people not island residents, creating a rather closed community, allowing us the unique opportunity to reconstruct the original island residents from their descendants today.  Until the 1960s, there was no road connecting it to the mainland.  The Hatteras Island families inter-

married within their own group, as other options were limited.

 

The Hatteras Indians lived on the island when the Lost Colony was abandoned in 1587, but were known to the English as the Croatoan.  The colonists left the word "Croatoan" carved in a stockade post on Roanoke Island, indicating they had gone to join the Croatoan on Hatteras Island.  In 1701, John Lawson, an early explorer visited the Indians living on Hatteras Island 

and reported that they claimed to be descended from the Lost Colonists and had light hair and grey eyes.  Just a few years later, European settlers began to settle on Hatteras Island with 

the Native people, and by the end of the 1700s, the last of the Indians were gone, dead, 

moved to the mainland or perhaps intermarried into the European population.   This is the evidence we seek.

 

The Hatteras Island Family Reconstruction project is founded upon four different types of information, that, when combined, form very powerful tools to help us understand our 

Hatteras Island heritage:

 

Genealogy History Archaeology DNA

 

Let's look at these one at a time.

 

Genealogy - We are fortunate that the island has had at least three individuals who collected 

genealogical information in the 1900s about island families.  We are currently transcribing this 

information from 2 of those 3 sources into a genealogy program to be shared with others seeking their 

family origins on Hatteras Island.  We welcome information from descendants to add to our project 

which will be made available for other researchers with proper credit given to contributors.

 

History - we approach this as the study of events that influenced our ancestors on Hatteras Island.  In 

many ways, these were the same events that influenced the early seaboard colonies, but there were also events unique to Hatteras Island due to their maritime nature and location.  Often understanding the 

history of an area helps us to answer the question of "why".  Many recent articles focus on Hatteras 

Island and can be found in the Lost Colony Newsletters available at this link -

https://sites.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/nl/anl-index.htm

 

Archaeology - Through our sister organization, The Lost Colony Research Group, we are working 

with a team of experts to further expand our knowledge of the early history of the Hatteras Island 

residents through a series of archaeology digs.  We are partnered with the University of Bristol.  You 

can see some photos and read about this in the June Lost Colony Newsletter, found at this link - https://sites.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/nl/nl06-17-10.htm

 

Two digs have been completed (fall 2009 and spring 2010) and 2 additional are scheduled 

(fall 2010 and spring 2011). 

 

DNA - In the past few years, genetic genealogy has become an invaluable tool allowing us to recon-

struct the early families.  The Y chromosome is passed from father to son directly with no admixture 

from the mother, and follows the surname.  Comparing DNA tests from men with the same surname 

allows us to determine if they share a common ancestor. 

 

Another invaluable kind of DNA testing for genealogists is the mitochondrial DNA test. Mitochondrial (mtDNA) is passed from women to all of their children, with no admixture from the father, but only the females pass it on to their children.  Therefore, by testing descendants 

today of the Hatteras Island mothers, we can reconstruct the early families based on their 

DNA signatures.  This is particularly powerful because often the record of early female 

surnames did not survive.  The early Currituck County marriage records do not exist.

 

A third kind of test can be very useful for those who descend from island families, but not via 

the paternal (surname) line, nor the mitochondrial line.  This new kind of test is called an autosomal test and it tests the DNA you receive from all of your ancestors with the goal of 

finding your genetic cousins.  In addition, this test, called the Family Finder test, identifies 

your percentage of ethnicity.  Obviously each generation divides the ancestral DNA by 50%, but this test is pretty reliable to the 7th generation or so.  We have a separate project for 

people who take this test.

 

Our testing for this project is done through Family Tree DNA (www.familytreedna.com).

 

We have compiled a list of early island surnames from deeds, wills, tax lists, militia and 

other documents.  These surnames represent the early island residents up through about 

1800.  We would like to be able to reconstruct the ethnicity of the earliest island families, especially the wives whose surnames have been lost to time.  Using DNA, we will be able to reconstruct those families and help people who cannot identify their ancestors' families to reconnect.

 

Allen

Austin
Ballance
Barret
Barrett
Barnett
Barnet
Bailes
Burgis
Beckley
Balance
Basnet
Basnett
Basnight
Baum
Bennett
Bennet

Black
Burton
Bright
Brooks
Burras
Burrus

Carr
Callahane
Callahan

Casey
Cirk
Clark

Dahoe
Dailey
Davis
Dring

Duncan
Durant

Elks
Etheridge
Evans
Fulcher
Farrow
Flower
Gallop
Garrish
Gaskill
Gaskins
Gibbs
Goodin
Gray

Guthrie

Hooper

Howard

Jackson
Jarvis
Jennett
Jennette 

Jennings
Johnson

Johnston
Jonston

Jones
Keito
King
Kirk

Lewis
Lindsey
Lindsay

Love

McCoy
Maccoy

McDearmid
MacKuen
Macuing
Mann
Mashue
Maskue

Masque
Matham
Meekins
Midget
Midgett

Midyett
Midyet

Miller
Neal

Nelson

Norton

Neel
Oliver
Oden
O'Neal
O'Neel
Oneal
Oneel

Palmer

Paumer
Penney
Payne
Paine
Pinkham
Price
Peele
Pugh
Quidley
Quidly

Reed
Read

Relfe
Robb
Robertson
Rollison
Rollinson
Russell

Salter

Sanderson
Scarborough

Scarboro

Simpson
Stiring

Stirling
Styron
Smith
Spencer

Spenser
Squires
Stewart
Stow
Stowe

Taylor
Tolson
Toleer
Toler
Van Pelt
Vanpelt

Wahab
Wallis
Wallice

Whedby
Whidby
Whedbee
Whedbe

Williams
Willis
White
Wells

If your paternal surname is listed above or you descend from other Hatteras Island families 

and you have a male who carries that surname today available to test (or who has already 

DNA tested), please join our Hatteras Fathers DNA project at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/HatterasFathers/default.aspx

 

If your maternal line, meaning your mother's mother's mother's line, on up the tree through women only on the maternal line extends back to Hatteras Island residents, you are eligible 

to join our Hatteras Mothers DNA project at

http://www.familytreedna.com/public/HatterasMothers/default.aspx

 

If you are descended from Hatteras Island residents through any of your genealogical lines, 

and you have taken the Family Finder test, please join our Hatteras Family Finder project 

at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Hatteras-Families/default.aspx

 

Results for the DNA projects can be found at their links, above, and contributed information 

about each surname can be found under the "surname research" link at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/sur/sur-research.htm and published in our 

various newsletters at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/nl/anl-index.htm

 

 

Who Are We? - Dawn Taylor and Roberta Estes are the volunteer administrators of the 

Hatteras Family projects.  This project is managed under the Lost Colony Research Group umbrella.

 

Dawn is a Hatteras Island native, lives on the island and has been a committed genealogist 

for more than 15 years.  She has published several articles about the Lighthouse Keepers 

in magazines and other publications.  Committed to preserving the Hatteras Island heritage, 

she joined the Lost Colony Research Group as a researcher and founded the Hatteras 

Island Genealogy Society.  More information can be found here - http://www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid=245433063719&ref=ts.

 

Roberta is one of the founders of the Lost Colony Research Group and currently serves as 

the Director.  This group was founded in 2007 to determine whether or not the Colonists 

survived.  Focused research has suggested that if they did survive, it was likely on Hatteras

 Island, leading to the archaeological digs and the Hatteras Island Family Reconstruction projects. 

 

Roberta is one of the pioneers in the field of genetic genealogy and owns 

www.dnaexplain.com as well as managing over 20 volunteer DNA projects which include 

the Cumberland Gap, North Carolina Native Heritage and American Indian founder 

projects.  Her specialty is mixed race ancestry.

 

The Lost Colony Research Group has been very blessed to have an exceptional team of researchers.  You can read more about the research team at https://sites.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/bio/bioindex.htm.

 

 

Additional Lost Colony Resources

 

The Lost Colony website includes more than 2000 pages of research, all free, at

https://sites.rootsweb.com/~molcgdrg/

Lost Colony Project on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lost-Colony-of-Roanoke-DNA-Project/126053773239?v=wall

&mid=20b5112G3d98ba62G0G66#!/ages/Lost-Colony-of-Roanoke-DNA-Project/

126053773239?v=wall

Lost Colony Blog -  http://the-lost-colony.blogspot.com/ 

GenealogyWise - http://www.genealogywise.com/group/thelostcolonistsofroanoke - Thanks to Andy Powell for setting this up.  

Lost Colony DNA projects at Family Tree DNA:

Lost Colony Yline - (paternal surname) - http://www.familytreedna.com/public/LostColonyYDNA/default.aspx

Lost Colony Mitochondrial - (maternal line) - http://www.familytreedna.com/project-join-request.aspx?group=LostColonymtDNA

 

Lost Colony Family Finder - (autosomal) http://www.familytreedna.com/public/LostColonyFamilyFinder/default.aspx

 


Contact Information: 

Electronic mail

General Information/Project Membership: robertajestes@att.net 
Webmistess: nelda_percival@hotmail.com

 

Notice

The Lost Colony Research Group is in NO WAY affiliated with The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research.  The Lost Colony Y-DNA and MT-DNA projects at Family Tree DNA are NOT IN ANY WAY  affiliated with The Lost Colony Center for Science and Research,
regardless of what their links imply.

 

"Please notify us of any claims to the contrary."

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