I am Carolyn Martin, first child of James Atkinson and Yvonne Stewart. I was born in Jacksonville, FL, but we moved to Key West, FL, my mother's hometown, when I was two months old. My mother and her maternal line were "Conchs". My mother's maternal grandparents were born in the Rock Sound, Eleuthera, Bahamas, and immigrated to Key West with their families about 1880.
I started researching my ancestors about 30 years ago. It was my mother's line I was most interested in, but quickly hit a brick wall. It was only the last few years that I began finding pieces to go back a few more generations with family in the Bahamas. People in the Florida Keys genealogy group on Yahoo and subscribers to Gabby Conch have helped me so much in recent years.
I also wanted to find out about my maternal grandfather's family but hit a snag again when I discovered his father was illegitimate and there is no known record of who is father was (or none I have yet discovered). Even after hiring an Ancestry Pro-genealogist to investigate, his biological father has remained elusive.
I had my DNA tested through Family Tree DNA and Ancestry DNA. I have found so many cousins through those tests that I would probably have never connected with otherwise.
On a personal note, I was raised in Key West then went to college at University of Florida (1966-1970) and graduate school at Florida State University (1970-1974). I have a Master's in Clinical Psychology.
My husband and I settled in Tallahassee, Florida. For 37 years I commuted to work at Decatur Seminole Service Center in Bainbridge, Georgia. I started as a psychologist testing people for eligibility for the newly opened program, then later became the behavior specialist senior then social services coordinator, and finally director, before retiring in 2011.
Along the way, I had two beautiful daughters, then later divorced (1986).
I also have an Internet business on Ruby Lane, called Alley Cat Lane Antiques and Collectibles. I love selling antiques and collectibles.
I entered a relationship with Phillip Conte in 1991, that continues to this day.
Ancestry ProGenealogist, Joseph Shumway, was hired in June, 2016, to try to determine the father of Luther Stewart as he was illegitimate and retained his mother's maiden name of Stewart. A comparison of DNA from three great grandchildren of Luther Stewart's, descended from three different Luther Stewart's children, led to the strong suspicion that Luther's unknown father may have been a Comer. All the of great grandchildren have a lot of DNA that match up to Comer people, particularly from Union, South Carolina. The three great grandchildren were Wayman Stewart, Jennifer Yesil and Carolyn Martin. None of the great grandchildren are aware of any Comer ancestors in their line.
Another conclusion drawn from the research was that Daniel Comer was a direct ancestor of Wayman Stewart, according to Wayman's DNA. Wayman is also related by DNA to the manager of this profile, Carl Comer, and another Wikitree contributor, Edward Comer, based on FTDNA. The other two great grandchildren are most likely related to these people as well.
Paternal relationship is confirmed by an AncestryDNA test match between Carolyn Martin and her first cousin, Omer Loaden Windham Jr. Their most-recent common ancestors are their grandparents, Joseph Grady Atkinson and Caroline Elizabeth (Freeman) Atkinson. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 1st Cousins, based on sharing 838 cM across 35 segments; Confidence: Extremely High.
Maternal relationship is confirmed by a AncestryDNA test match between Carolyn (Atkinson) Martin and her daughter Bree Nicole (Martin) Waugh. Their most-recent common ancestors are James Lewis Atkinson and Jacqueline Yvonne (Stewart) Atkinson, parents of Carolyn (Atkinson) Martin and grand parents of Bree Nicole (Martin) Waugh. Predicted relationship from FTDNA: Mother/Daughter, based on 3,486 cM across 24 segments.
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