DNA Update on Native Blood from Mary Beaton, Newfoundland

A very quick update on my DNA results in my mother’s family line from Newfoundland, regarding Mary Beaton, our 5th/6th great grandmother. My uncle tested positive for Native American (more accurately, Canadian-Mi’kmaq) blood on 23andme (an American test), as well as another of my mother’s cousins from the same line (different sibling), all descendants of Mary Beaton.

The trace percentage is consistent with the number of generations to my mother, uncle and cousin (5-6 generations from Mary Beaton, b. around 1800 on Burnt Island, Exploits, Nfld, Canada). Both 23andme and AncestryDNA change their DNA compositions frequently, so a trace percentage can appear and disappear with each rendition.

However, this evidence is good enough for me. Especially when there is no guarantee of inheriting any of the native DNA; that they did shows the legend is founded on truth: my 6th great grandmother Mary Beaton was indigenous, Mi’Maq, and her DNA carried through all the way down to my mother’s generation, however trace.

(I don’t think my mother needed this evidence, as her nature is so close to the land, the trees, the water, that once I had a dream that her spirit name was “Peacewater”).

The second proof of native blood is the book River Lords* that includes Mary Beaton’s son’s comments on his mother’s Mi’kmaq origin, and how she worked at the house of Captain Peyton alongside the last Beothuk, Shanawdidhit.  Please see previous post for more information. Here is a possible picture of Mary Beaton (left) and Shanawdidhit (right), both born around 1800 in the same area, Exploits River, Newfoundland.

What also surprised me about my Uncle’s DNA results were the 8.6% Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France; 0.7% Portuguese; and trace 0.1% North African (with a matching DNA relative in Morocco) – but that’s another story!

*Book ref: Amy Louise Peyton. River Lords, Father and Son: The Story of the Peytons and the River Exploits, 2nd ed. St. John’s, NL: Flanker Press, 2005, ISBN 1-894463-51-X.

 

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