I call this person the “hypothetical brother of William Warner” because I have yet to find any documentary evidence at all about him, including his first name.
But there is DNA evidence to suggest that one of William’s brothers was the father of a man named James Warner, who was born in Montreal in 1832, moved first to Cleveland and then to Denver, and finally, in the 1860s, settled in Salem, Oregon.
So, if my DNA-based hypothesis is correct, then this man, James’s father, was the son of William Warner (1789-?) and Hannah Benson and the brother of William Warner (1808-1845) and Hannah Maria Warner (1811-?).
The DNA evidence, in a few words, is this:
- I have a well documented line of descent from William Warner (1808-1845).
- My Ancestry DNA test shows that I share DNA with a living person who has a well documented line of descent from the James Warner in Oregon.
- The James Warner in Oregon was born in Montreal in 1832 (a year after the census mentioned above) and so is in exactly the right place at the right time to be the son of William’s brother.
- The person who is descended from James also shares DNA with another living cousin who has a well documented line of descent from William’s sister Hannah Maria Warner (1811-?). I also share DNA with that person.
I’ll develop this hypothesis further as I continue to work on the website.
To be continued ...