My application to the SUVCW was approved on 16 October 2019. After the Civil War, Union Veterans organized into a fraternal organization named the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in 1866. The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War was created in order that the sons of the Civil War veterans (GAR members) could continue the work of the GAR. As the veterans grew older, the SUVCW was endorsed and eventually the GAR was merged into the SUVCW when the last member died in 1954. Later that year, the SUVCW was chartered by Congross and is the today the legal successor to the GAR.
The Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War's long history makes it one of the oldest veterans and hereditary societies in America. It is a fraternal organization dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the Union heroes who fought and worked to save the Union during the Civil War.
My application was predicated on the service of my great-great-grandfather Oliver Goldsmith Ranck. His service began near the start of the war and he enlisted in Illinois on 1 October 1861. He was assigned to the Illinois 50th Infantry Regiment, nickamed the "Blind Half-Hundred." He served until 12 July 1865. During this application process I came to learn that Oliver was promoted to Sergeant in 1864.
After years of research and the subsequent discovery of Americn Revolutionary War Ancestors I decided to join the NSSAR. in total I have been able to document my descent from 15 different Revolutionary War ancestors. I began the application process wtih the Sons of the Revolution in 2018 and nearly two years later my application was approved on 29 May 2020.
The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR) is a patriotic lineage association initially founded in 1889. The organization is Congressionally chartered and headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Members are male lineal-descendants of participants in the American Revolutionary War. NSSAR promotes patriotism, education about the war, and preservation of historic records.
My application to the MOFW was approved on 10 October 2019. The Military Order of Foreign Wars of the United States is one of the Oldest Veteran’s and Hereditary Associations in the America. Membership is limited to United States military and former military officers and their descendants, to include active duty, reserve, National Guard, and retired US officers, including the Coast Guard.
[[[Ranck-206|Hans|Velten Ranck]]], aka "Rev. Jean Ranc." Hunting down his roots has been the mission of hundreds (thousands?) of Ranck descendants for over 100 years. Help from our fraudster friend Gustav Anjou and the creative turn-of-the-century (19th-20th) writing of some ancestors has made this an exceptionally difficult endeavor.
Click here to see a full list of my brick-wall ancestors and put Baty-260 in the WikiTree ID box.
My father Petty Officer S. Baty served in Vietnam in Da Nang as a US Navy Sea-Bee attached to the US Marine Corps expeditionary forces.
World War II
My grandfather First Sergeant Carrol Baty served in the US Army - Illinois National Guard, 132 Infantry Regiment, 33rd Infantry Division. He was mobilized to active duty in December 1940 and later was in the first fleet sent to reinforce Australia and the Pacific Islands following Pearl Harbor. The regiment (merged into the newly formed "Americal Division") fought on with service in Guadalcanal and eventually to mainland Japan. Carrol was injured in New Caledonia, and after successful rehabilitation, served the remainder of the war in the 9th Service Command as a Military Police First Sergeant until October, 1945.
1920's peacetime service
My great-uncle Arthur W. Herling served in the United States Navy from 1924 to 1928. Unfortunately, he contracted tuberculosis while on board a Navy ship. He was treated in a military hospital in Los Angeles, California until he died in 1931.
My great-great-uncle Sergeant Anton Edward Helgren served in the US Army with war-time service in the Philippine Islands. At the end of his Army career, "Uncle Ed" had attained the rank of Sergeant Major.
US Civil War
My 3rd great-grandfather Hiram Abbott served in the US Army in the Civil War. He enlisted in the the 83rd Illinois Volunteer Infantry Regiment on 21 August 1862.
My third great-grandfather Wesley John Benskin enlisted in Company H, 130th Illinois Infantry Regiment in 1862. Wesley fought in many including many battles and campaigns. In 1864 he and most of his regiment were captured at the Battle of Sabine Crossroads in Texas. He was paroled in 1865 and returned home to his family.
Some of the battles and campaigns that Wesley participated in as a soldier in the 130th Infantry Regiment:
Battle of Magnolia Hills, Port Gibson, 1 May 1863.
Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi from 18 May to 4 July 1863.
Assaults on Vicksburg 19 May 19 and 22 May.
Siege of Jackson July 10-17.
Reconnaissance to Pearl River July 11.
Western Louisiana Campaign October 3 - November 30 1863.
Reconnaissance on Matagorda Peninsula (Texas) January 21 1864.
In his citation description, Jerome was one of a volunteer storming party at the battle of Vicksburgh, Mississippi on 22 May 1863. Of the 150 men who volunteered for the storming party, half died in the assault.
For Gallantry in the charge of the volunteer storming party of 22 May 1863.
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My great-great-grandfather Oliver Goldsmith Ranck served in the US Civil War with the US Army - Illinois 50th Infantry. Oliver enlisted in Illinois in 1861 and his Regiment, the "Blind Half Hundred," participated in:
Battle at Fort Donelson, Tennessee on 12 February 1862
Battle at Shiloh, Tennessee on 06 April 1862
Battle on 15 may 1862
Battle at Near Monterey, Tennessee on 16 May 1862
Battle at Corinth, Mississippi on 28 may 1862
Battle at Corinth, Mississippi, on 03 October 1862
Battle at Corinth, Mississippi on 04 October 1862
Battle at Near Resaca on 16 may 1864
Battle at Allatoona, George on 05 October 1864
Battle on 25 February 1865
Battle at Bentonville, North Carolina on 21 March 1865
Oliver mustered out of service on 12 July 1865 in Springfield, Illinois.
War of 1812
My 5th great-grandfather John Bray served in the War of 1812. John is listed in the muster rolls for the Fifth Company, Chatham County Regiment. John's father Henry and his uncle Edward Bray were veterans of The War of the Regulation, and Henry was also a veteran of the American Revolutionary War.
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My 4th great-grandfather John Miller Jr. served in the War of 1812. He was a member of the New York, Saratoga County Militia. He was a private in the New York State Militia, and served in the Saratoga County Company of Captain Thomas Collimer under the overall command of Colonel James Rogers. At least two of John's pay vouchers have been found, one covering the period 8 September to 8 October 1814, and another for 8 October to 8 December 1814. John Jr's father John Miller Sr. was a veteran of the American Revolutionary War.
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My 4th great-grandfather Michael Taylor served in the Virginia Militia during the War of 1812. Records indicate that he was in Captain Tibb's Company, Virginia Militia.
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My 5th great-grandfather John Umphlet served in the War of 1812. John is listed in the muster rolls for the Third Company, Third Regiment, detached from the Northampton, North Carolina Regiment.
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My 5th great-grandfather Benammi Wilson served in the War of 1812. His enlisted rank was private but it was said that he was a surgeon's assistant. Benammi first served in Captain Thomas Lewis' company of the Allen Trimble Mounted Militia Regiment from 30 August 1812 to 30 November 1812. Later, he served in Captain John Jones' company from 29 July 1813 to 8 September 1813. Records also indicate that he was a member of Key's Regiment, Ohio Militia.
My thx great-grandfather, Erik Nyström Pil was mobilized to the Swedish Navy in January 1808.
War with the Russian Empire commenced about a month later and Erik later died in June 1808; the exact cause and location of his death are not yet known. He was assigned to: BBG, 1st Boatsman Company, no. 132, Swedish Navy.
American Revolutionary War
My 5th great-grandfather John William Abbott was a Revolutionary War Veteran. Records from the General George Rogers Clark papers record John's service in the Kentucky Militia in 1783. John's grandson Hiram Abbott was a Civil War veteran.
My 6th great-grandfather Lewis Banton was a loyalist in the Revolutionary War.
He and his son-in-law John Carter appear on the payment rolls for Colonel Thomas Pearson's Regiment, Little River Militia, Ninety Six Brigade for 159 days militia service from 1 July to 6 December 1781.
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My 8th great-grandfather Brinsley Barnes is recognized by the Daughters of the Revolution as a Revolutionary War service ancestor.
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In addition to serving in the War of the Regulation, my 6th great-grandfather Henry Bray served in the Revolution as a Militia Man in the Chatham County, North Carolina Militia under the command of Captain Jeduthan Harper. He first entered the militia in 1772 and received war pay in 1783. He is also recognized by the Daughters of the Revolution for service as a juror, tax collector, and that he signed an oath of allegiance to make a land entry. Henry's son John Bray was a veteran of the War of 1812.
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My 5th great-grandfather John Carter was a loyalist in the Revolutionary War.
He and his father-in-law Lewis Banton appear on the payment rolls for Colonel Thomas Pearson's Regiment, Little River Militia, Ninety Six Brigade for 159 days militia service from 1 July to 6 December 1781.
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My 8th great-grandfather George Hobson Jr. is recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Revolutionary War patriot ancestor.
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My 6th great-grandfather Adam Klinepeter served in the Pennsylvania Militia from 1778 and continued serving until the end of the war in 1783. He served as a militiaman in the York County Militia and had service in the 5th Battalion, 6th Company and also the 7th Battalion, 7th Company. In total, Adam served about 4 years from 1779 until the end of the war in 1783 and by the war's end he had achieved the junior offier rank of Ensign. His brothers Rudolph Klinepeter Jr. and Henry Klinepeter also served and both were officers, Ensign and Lieutenant respectively. Adam is a recognized Daughters of the Revolution Veteran.
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My 6th great-grandfather Balthasar Loffel is recognized by the Daughters of the Revolution as a Patriot Ancestor. Balthasar's son John is also a recognized DAR patriot ancestor.
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My 5th great-grandfather John Leffel is recognized by the Daughters of the Revolution as a Patriot Ancestor. John's father Balthasar is also a DAR recognized patriot ancestor.
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My 5th great-grandfather John Miller Sr. enlisted in the Albany County Militia, 13th Regiment at the age of 17. He was commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Cornelius Van Veghten and Captain Michael Dunning. He is a recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Veteran Ancestor. John and his regiment were mustered and fought in the Second Battle of Saratoga, The Battle of Bemis Heights on 7 October 1777. John's son John Miller Jr. was a veteran of the War of 1812.
My 5th great-grandfather John Ranck served in the 1st Company, 5th Battalion, Lancaster County Militia, under the command of Captain Alexander McIlvain in 1782. The men of the Ranck family were especially known for their patriotism with nearly every fighting-age man having served.
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My 6th great-grandfather Stephen Tompkins Sr. served in the 7th Regiment, Dutchess County Militia, New York under the command of Captain George Lane and Colonel Henry Luddington.
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My 5th great-grandfather George Tucker is recognized by the Sons of the Revolution and the Daughters of the Revolution as a Revolutionary War service ancestor. George was also a veteran of Lord Dunmore's War.
Lord Dunmore's War
My 5th great-grandfather George Tucker was a veteran of Lord Dunmore's War. He is listed in 1774 on the roster of Captain Zachquil Morgan's Company in Virginia along with brothers-in-law Samuel Jr., Richard, and Thomas Merrifield. Later, George was recognized for his patriotic service and he is a DAR/NSSAR recognized patriot ancestor of the American Revolutionary War.
My 5th great-grandfather Merrifield-162 appears twice in the records of the Virginia militia. He appears on 27 October 1758 in Captain Lewis Stephen's Company and 9 October 1761 in John Greenfield's Company. Samuel's sons Samuel Jr., Thomas, and Richard were all veterans of Lord Dunmore's War and Samuel Jr. is a recognized DAR patriot ancestor of the American Revolutionary War.
My Wikitree cousins
Harvey Abbott (1942 - 2020)
Harvey Abbott - First cousin twice removed: Harvey is first cousin to my maternal Grandfather.
I tracked Harvey down after discovering the census records of my Abbott ancestors and then we compared notes. We had the same family stories even though our lines were separated by 100+ years. We've been genealogy collaborators ever since.
Harvey and I have had a close genealogy connection for the last decade and we chat by email, text, and by phone weekly or every other week. I was able to visit him in 2008 when I passed his home on a drive across the country.
Sadly, Harvey passed away on 24 January 2020 and is sorely missed. It will probably take me years to upload all of the documentation that Harvey has forwarded to me in the last decade.
Doug Moore - Cousins through our shared ancestor Samuel Merrifield Sr. whose history we researching and rewriting. I met Doug through an article he wrote on Samuel and later asked him to join Wikitree.
↑ First-hand information. Entered by SJ Baty at registration.
↑ US Navy DD-214 military service record, letters, photos, honorable discharge certificate and photos for S. Baty in the possession of SJ Baty.
↑ "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K85G-S3Q : 5 December 2014), Carrol D Baty, enlisted 05 Mar 1941, Chicago, Illinois, United
States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National
Archives at College Park, Maryland.
↑ Historical Register of National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M1749, 282 rolls); Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Accessed 02 March 2019 [SJ Baty] at Ancestry.
↑ Burial Ledgers. The National Cemetery Administration, Washington, D.C. (Original records transferred to NARA: Burial Registers, compiled 1867-2006, documenting the period 1831-2006. ARC ID: 5928352. Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773–2007, Record Group 15. National Archives at Washington, D.C. Accessed 02 March 2019 [SJ Baty].
↑ U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006. Anton Edward Helgren,
Service Info.: SGT US ARMY SPANISH AMERICAN WAR: National Cemetery Administration. U.S. Veterans' Gravesites, ca.1775-2006 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Accessed 18 July 2018 [SJ Baty].
↑ Web: Illinois, Databases of Illinois Veterans Index, 1775-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Databases of Illinois Veterans. Illinois State Archive. Cyberdrive Illinois bases/home.html: accessed 5 August 2014..
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/15572135 : accessed 03 November 2018 [Baty-260|SJ Baty]), memorial page for Wesley John Benskin (3 Aug 1837–13 Feb 1908), Find A Grave: Memorial #1557213515572135, citing Kneff Cemetery, Clay City, Clay County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Kay Cynova (contributor 47064119). Local file: Benskin-63.
↑War of 1812 abstracts of payrolls for New York State militia ("payroll cards"), 1812–1814. Series B0810 (23.5 cu. .). New York (State). Adjutant
General’s O ice. New York State Archives, Albany, New York. Accessed 16 August 2019 [SJ Baty] at Ancestry. Local file copy.
↑ War of 1812 abstracts of payrolls for New York State militia ("payroll cards"), 1812–1814. Series B0810 (23.5 cu. .). New York (State). Adjutant
General’s O ice. New York State Archives, Albany, New York. Accessed 16 August 2019 [SJ Baty]] at Ancestry. Local file copy.
↑ War of 1812 Pension Applications. Washington D.C.: National Archives. NARA Microfilm Publication M313, 102 rolls. Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group Number 15. Accessed 1 March 2019 [SJ Baty] at Ancestry.
↑ Adjutant General of North Carolina. Muster Rolls: Soldiers of the War of 1812, Detached from the Militia of North Carolina 1812 and 1814. Raleigh, NC: Stone and Uzzell, 1873. Accessed 11 February 2019 at .
↑ Sanner, Jerry L. Benammi Wilson Family, privately published, last updated March, 2017, shared via personal email to [SJ Baty] on 9 March 2019. Note: Jerry is a preeminent researcher for the George, Hall, Wilson, and Beals families.
↑War of 1812 Pension Applications. Washington D.C.: National Archives. NARA Microfilm Publication M313, 102 rolls. Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group Number 15. Accessed 13 March 2019 by [SJ Baty] at Ancestry.
↑ National Archives and Records Administration. Index to the Compiled Military Service Records for the Volunteer Soldiers Who Served During the War of 1812. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M602, 234 rolls. Accessed 13 March 2019 by [SJ Baty] at Ancestry.
↑ Abbott, Larry. "John Abbott Ky/Ind." The Abbott Newsletter." 16 June 2018, Issue 42, p. 8. Accessed 30 September 2019 by [SJ Baty].
↑ NSSAR application #76176 for Robert Nagel Van Natta, descendant of Rheinhold Abenschon, approved 13 February 1953: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. Accessed 30 July 2018 [SJ Baty] at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2204/32596_242326-00060.
↑ NSSAR application #96479 for Benjamin Franklin Moomaw, descendant of Rheinholdt Obenchain, approved 25 January 1968: Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Louisville, Kentucky: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. Microfilm, 508 rolls. Accessed 30 July 2018 [SJ Baty] at https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/2204/32596_242394-00361.
↑ 28.028.1 Clark, Murtie June. Loyalists in the Southern Campaign of the Revolutionary War. Official Rolls of Loyalists Recruited from North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1981. Volume 1, p. 299. Accessed 15 April 2019 [SJ Baty] at Ancestry.
↑ Barnes, Warren E. “Mick”, "Descendants of Brinsley Barnes & Elizabeth Lindey along the lineage of William Howard Barnes (1907-1974) & Ethel Garnell Davis (1907-1946)", 1998, Revised 2012.
↑North Carolina Revolutionary Pay Vouchers, 1779-1782, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2WT-59HL : accessed 17 February 2019 [SJ Baty]), Bray, 20 Aug 1783; citing Hillsborough, Orange, North Carolina, United States, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh.
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed 17 February 2019), "Record of John Bray", Ancestor # A013888.
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed October 27, 2019), "Record of George Hobson", Ancestor # A203203.
↑Pennsylvania, Revolutionary War Battalions and Militia Index, 1775-1783 [database on-line]. Revolutionary War Battalions & Militia Index Cards. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Accessed 11 August 2019 [SJ Baty] at Ancestry.
↑ Klinepeter, C. Herbert. "The Descendants of Adam Klinepeter of Perry County." The Perry County Review. Numbers 8 & 9, 1983-1984, p. 58. Accessed 10 August 2019 [SJ Baty] at Ancestry (Ancestry member Janeannmillerbucher originally shared the scanned copy on 07 Dec 2011).
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (www.dar.org : accessed 10 August 2019), "Record of Adam Kleinpeter", Ancestor # A065956, citing: PA ARCH, 6TH SER, VOL 2, PP 562, 559.
↑ McAllister, J.T.. Virginia Militia in the Revolutionary War. Hot Springs, VA, USA: McAllister Publishing Co., 1913.
↑ U.S., The Pension Roll of 1835 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data:
United States Senate. The Pension Roll of 1835.4 vols. 1968 Reprint, with index. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1992, accessed on 15 April 2018 [SJ Baty] at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60514&h=53667.
↑ Historical reg. Of Virginians in the Rev., soldiers, saliors and marines, 1775-1783. Ed. By John H. Gwathmey. Richmond, Va. 1938. (13, 872p.):572
↑ U.S., Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, 1800-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
Original data: Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (NARA microfilm publication M804, 2,670 rolls). Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15. National Archives, Washington, D.C. Accessed 15 April 2018 [SJ Baty] at https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1995&h=43586. Local file: https://www.wikitree.com/index.php.
↑Pennsylvania Archives, Ser. 5, Vol. 7, p. 497, Pennsylvania Archive records, e.g. Ser. 3, Vol. 17, p. 453, Ser. 5, Vol. 7, p. 497 and Ser 5, Vol. 8, p. 955, as cited in: Martin, Raymond S., "Rancks in the Revolutionary War," The Ranck Reporter: A Ranck/Rank Clan Newsletter, Vol. 24, No. 2, May 2002. Accessed 31 October 2018 [SJ Baty] at http://ranck.org/Archive/Reporter/V24N2.pdf
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed November 21, 2018), "Record of Stephen Tompkins", Ancestor # A114779.
↑ Application of NSSAR member (and cousin) Harvey Abbott, currently in the possession of SJ Baty whose NSSAR application was approved on 29 May 2020..
↑ Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed July 19, 2018), "Record of George Tucker", Ancestor # A116636.
↑ Bockstruck, Lloyd DeWitt. Virginia's Colonial Soldiers, Baltimore: MD, 1998. p. 144. Accessed 13 June 2020 by SJ Baty at Ancestry. Ancestry shared record.
↑ Orange County, North Carolina Militia Regulars. Transcribed from the Colonial Records of the North Carolina Archives by Louise Overton on USGenWeb. Accessed 16 February 2019 [SJ Baty] at USGenWeb.
↑ Moore, Douglas S. Samuel Merrifield, published privately, 2015. Accessed 12 June 2020 by SJ Baty.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with SJ or other carriers of his ancestors' Y-chromosome or mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:
Family Tree DNA Y-DNA Test 67 markers, haplogroup R-L21, FTDNA kit #150872, MitoYDNA ID T11248[compare]
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line:
Family Tree DNA mtDNA Test Full Sequence, haplogroup H1a6, FTDNA kit #150872
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with SJ: