I would like to note that I agree with Harry Beaman wholeheartedly. Even the paper documentation can mislead if not studied exhaustively. Now that we have the scientific technology available it should be considered to be necessary in order to consider that an exhaustive search has been conducted.
In the case of Benjamin Franklin Beaman, who was thought to really have been the son of John Zachariah Gall and his wife, Mariah Steen, Y-DNA testing has confirmed that Benjamin Franklin Beaman is actually a Beaman and not a Gall. A descendant of B F Beaman donated his Y-DNA sample and it took about 2 years before there was a match. Comparisons of his DNA test results with descendants of J Z Gall were totally different. Comparisons with several Beamans were also different, but eventually we were contacted by someone matching and that person descends from the Beamans of Adair County, Iowa and Owen and Putnam Counties in Indiana and before that Rowan County, North Carolina.
I would like to encourage any male Beamans to participate in DNA testing. It does not matter if you use FT DNA or Ancestry's DNA testing services, but I would recommend selecting a test that has at least 37 markers and higher if you can afford the higher number of markers. The more markers tested the more definitive your results.
For further information please feel free to contact me:
Sharlene Miller (email@example.com)
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