Born in northern Idaho, raised in Seattle & Nampa, married very, very young.
I am the proud mother of two incredibly talented sons. One an animated graphic design artist, the other a Chef - I've over heard both described in their unique talents as *BADASS*. And I could not be any prouder of either. My oldest son just gave me my very first grand child - SAGE - the product of two master cooks, ~wink~. I am a transplanted TEXAN, but a native *SPUD* (born in Lewiston, Idaho; raised in Parma, Idaho; Seattle, Washington; & Nampa, Idaho).
My family had closed ranks around me as a child, I knew very little of any relatives that might exist outside my front door. I am so very glad to have met some of my wonderful cousins, that I would have never realized, even down the stretch of TEXAS road ~ with a Gibson name, to a Gibson Cemetery that is FULL of folks I never knew had any consanguinity. Thanks to every one of you...
William Foster Simpson - 18 Dec 1850 - 03 Dec 1933
Mary Isabella Stoddart - abt 1861 - abt 1958
John Laurie Slinker - 11 Apr 1861 - 16 Dec 1936
Matilda Ann Shoemaker - abt 1862 - 01 Sep 1950
Bedy A Gibson - 15 Aug 1843 - 06 Jan 1898
Sophia Elizabeth Boxley - 12 Aug 1841 - 29 Apr 1933
William Ernest Smith - 11 Feb 1854 - 20 Jul 1920
Alice Georgia Baldwin - 16 Feb 1859 - 27 Nov 1929
Maternal relationship is confirmed by an autosomal AncestryDNA test match between Debra (Downs) Allison and Troy Dearing, her 3rd cousin . Their most-recent common ancestors are John Slinker and Matilda Shoemaker, the great great grandparents of both Debra (Downs) Allison and Troy Dearing. Predicted relationship from AncestryDNA: 3rd cousin, based on sharing 66 cM across 5 segments. Debra is the daughter of Shirley Simpson who is the great granddaughter of the common ancestors John Slinker & Matilda Shoemaker.
Ancestry tests - Common ancestor:
Daniel Jester (jester-370)
Julie O'Donnell, 4th granddaughter of son Isaac Jester, 13cM|1seg
Erik Schleede, 4th grandson of Mary E Jester, 18cM|2seg
Vista Gibson (gibson-6441)
HA, 1st cousin 2X removed, 180cM|6seg
Terra Morris (ballard-8779), 1st cousin 1X removed, 320cM|12seg
Wolden Downs (downs-547)
Kenneth Harrison (Harrison-6013), my son, 3,477cM|24seg
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Debra or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share some percentage of DNA with Debra: