If I'm not a Williams but a Davis, How can I find my ancestry?

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I have been searching for 14 years trying to find my surname (Williams) roots beyond my 4 x GGF William Micajah Williams born Abt. 1740 in ? Died 1802 in Brittons Neck, Marion County, SC, USA. I have had ever DNA test that FTDNA offers with no success. I did the FTDNA BIGY Test (four of the top five matches were either Davis or Davies) and sent the RAW Data to Y-Full in Russia and their response was that I share a twig on the tree of life with a Duane Davis ". I am at a loss. Is there anything I can do to find my surname heritage?


in Genealogy Help by Anonymous Williams G2G6 Mach 1 (11.2k points)
I don't have a good answer for you, but I know it will be much easier for people to help you if you post a link to one of your profiles.

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Some possible leads? The middle name Micajah is worth searching for as a first name as well. Assuming this is the profile [[Williams-32083]]

1. William Williams, Revolutionary War Rolls 1775-1783

2. The 1790 Census in South Carolina lists a few "William Williams": St. Thomas-Cheraws District; Union; Spartanburg;Pendleton District; York District; Liberty-Marion District; Edgefield; Prince Georges; St. Philip., I think you've already run those leads down.

5. There is a "Micajah Williams" in the 1800 Census living in Darlington, with 7 other members of the family. Might be worth a look.

6. Find-a-grave has Micajah Williams here: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/111633697/micajah-williams, possibly related nephew?

7. Some online records suggest William Micajah (Micajai) Williams (1740-1802) immigrated from England, but no records cited. I guess you've run those leads down already. http://williamsgenealogy.org/lineages.php?pageNum_lineages=20&totalRows_lineages=1067
by Norm Davis G2G6 (6.7k points)
selected by David Mortimer
He is the William Williams listed under Liberty, Marion District. That entry and a document where he and his first wife Agnes Avant bought 91 acres in the same district are the only records I have been able to find on him
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Joseph, have you uploaded your dna results to gedmatch.com? It's a free upload and it will provide email addresses of those that match you. Some of them will have trees attached or links to WikiTree.
by Mindy Silva G2G6 Pilot (871k points)
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Have you found other male-line descendants of William through tracing the paper trails? If so, does their Y-DNA match yours, or is it different? It's entirely possible that William has a Davis father or grandfather, but of course it's also possible that there's a non-paternal event somewhere on that line and that William isn't actually your patrilineal ancestor.
by Sharon Casteel G2G6 Pilot (128k points)
There's a separate  group of Williams in Georgetown County, SC that we are related to but how we are connected is questionable. I had one of their male off springs do the Y-111 DNA Test and we;re closer related than I thought and much closer than what they thought
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I have Davis in my family Tree. Trogstad-3
by Living Trogstad G2G6 Mach 1 (13.5k points)

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