I am a direct descendant of Ada Lee Hobby and James Crook Hobby. My grandmother was Elva Selene Shipman who grew up in Loundes County Alabama. My closet living relatives, a daughter of Elva Selene Day and her daughter, do not seem interested in mitochondrial DNA testing. Elva Selene Day had sisters, all of whom have passed away. However, I am certain that some had daughters and grand daughters that can trace their ancestry to Ada Lee Hobby and James Crook Hobby The daughters are probably advanced in age but maybe I have cousins from the female line that would join me in mitochondrial DNA testing. Direct ancestors of Charlotte Pace Lee, the mother of Ada Lee Hobby, might also work as a match for DNA testing. I might be able to pick up some of the cost for full genome mapping for an appropriate testing candidate.
I am seeking only female descendants. One goal is to discover if the women of this family line carry strands of DNA that match those of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage. The other is to see if we can triangulate women ancestors because the female line is nearly impossible to trace before Martha Lee and Martin Day. We may locate a common ancestor 500 years ago that will help us trace the female line back to Martha Day. Although Martin Lee Sr names his wife Rutha, and family members from the Grumbles line say her last name was Pierce, there is scant evidence that her mother was Ruth Narcum and that her father was John Pierce. This is a brick wall on the female side, and it will take at least two direct descendants on the maternal line. In contrast, I can trace one female ancestor on my father's side back to the 15th Century in England!