The ALLEN DNA Patrilineage 2 Project

ALL ALLEN Descendants (ALL branches of Allen’s) John Robb has updated our DNA project with him – Look for: Ralph1 of Sandwich and Coni’s haplotype.

I had sent him my research on Allen’s (past couple of yrs) and now that he has had time to go thru it – he has a new write up on my DNA (Uncle Russ Allen) part of this project! Our DNA (both) are being proven…. Rare & Ancient!

1. My haplotype is: I1a1b 

2. Uncle Russ: is now R-ZZ10_1 

(His has been changed MANY TIMES) 

3. Aunt Bonnie (Veronica line) is: H

It seems to be I’ve picked up a lot of my Dad’s DNA (matching same projects as Uncle Russ) 

I personally am matching several tribes also – Mainly Lumbee, Wacamaw, Pique-Shanee, Tuscarora  (NY branch) & Hatteras tribes – Also Cumberland Gap tribes mainly believe Mother’s sides for Gap area.

​”Ever Widening Circle” – Version 3 Fan Chart

Have added: birth, death, marriage, military, all census, occupation, age of death/cause of death, burial, #FindAGrave # & Nationality. (All done color coordinated) Found a couple errors – able to fix easily! Happy with this version! Will add all my notes to this one I believe. (will be notes of interest & such)

My office is finally done!

For 2 years now I have been working on my office – finally done with it! Getting ready to go back to full time researching! 

Bought several pieces at local pawnshop – found a used baby changer for $30.00 and converted into table for my printer station for books/paperwork/scanning/printing. 

I AM SO HAPPY with final product! Now to get back to researching! Will be so much easier with setup! 

Total cost abt $1500.00 + 2 yrs in making & getting most on sale or used pieces picked up here & there~

“Ever Widening Circle” 6 Generation Fan Chart (Maternal/Paternal) for Coni Dubois

“Ever Widening Circle” Version 2 – it is 42 pages (+several hrs putting together) is a 6 Generations Fan Chart (Me + 6 back – 127 lines/people) only missing 8!

App used: Family Tree Maker = publisher part (fan chart/whole).

Had just a few glitches (see blue below) added birth/death/burial/Find A Grave #/age @ death to main boxes – for some reason thou software didn’t add military info (bummed had together before noticed…toooo late…. ain’t doin’ again!!)

All in all very satisfied with this version – now to add all my notes on it (military, kids, marriage and things of interest) – this will take me awhile to do!

Notice top left – they are blank – I am missing these 8 out of 127 lines/people! Which is the Tarant lineage (my Mom’s: Father side) out of Bohemia/Hungary

Starts with me in the middle! My MOM’S side is on top & my DAD’S side is on the bottom.

Able to color coordinate blue for male – pink for female – Very minor match up errors – took some time lining up – but all in all not bad!

My 3rd Great Grandparents: William Harrison “Henry” & Caroline M. (Trent) Pratt

L2R: (My 3x) William H. Pratt, Orville Nickerson, (3x) Caroline (Trent) Pratt 

Both photo’s in this post: was owned by Viola B. Nickerson-Scheetz and given to her daughter – Viola Mae Scheetz-Keck who then passed it on to her niece, Rhonda Yamauchi who donated them to (2nd cousin) Coni Dubois

My Maternal line: Me to Nancy L. Gilbert to Mildred M. Scheetz to Viola B. Nickerson


Coni Dubois direct Maternal Lineage

I will be working on my Pratt lineage for a bit – I am now believing we are possible the Pratt Indian lineage – As I have been going over my research… I realized I need to work on Pratt connection! I am crossing Pratt’s all over my work (Paternal & Maternal) and know that this is one line I need to focus on and figure out!

I have found a Henry Pratt of Greene Co. TN that is more then likely the connection He is known as being of Native American descent~

*See: Henry Pratt Family Of Greene County, Tennessee 2013 3rd Edition 

What I am in the process of reading now!

Info on book: Finally, after 28 years in the making, the authoritative study of Henry Pratt, son of a Cherokee Chief, married 1820 to Nancy (CARTER) a white woman, and Henry’s sister, Cynthia (PRATT), a Cherokee Princess, married 1825 to Abraham Absalom Blanton both in Greene Co., Tennessee has been completed.

Note from Coni: I am UNCERTAIN ?? at this moment what the connection is thou, BUT believe these lines ties together somehow!  Which to me make MUCH more sense… due to my (My 4xGG) Matilda Kaufman/Zachari Green Trent Grandparent’s  who are believed to be of Native American descent also.


Research done by Coni Dubois – I will be posting more on this lineages soon~

They (4x) have a Daughter (My 3xGG) named Caroline M Trent  who marries William Harrison Pratt AKA Henry(2) – What has me believing this connection to Henry(1) is that they (Trent’s, Pratt’s & Kaufman) are in the SAME locations throughout the Hancock/Greene Co. TN area’s! Henry(1) lines also marry into the Allen lines!

1836-tax-list Map Created by: Jim Jackson (Jim not only created the map, he created a single, combined list of names from the 1830 Census, 1840 Census, and 1836 Tax List for Hawkins County.)

Note from Coni: As you have seen in earlier post that my DNA is matching many of the tribes in these locations (CUMBERLAND GAP areas in TN)

So with this info below – I begin my research on my Pratt/Trent/Kauffman/Johnson/Cloud/Hargitt/Nickerson/Osborne/Cook Ancestors~

**Also see: DNA Projects I am in (Coni (Allen) Dubois) through Family Tree DNA


(my 2x) Nancy (Pratt) Nickerson & Mother (3x) Caroline (Trent) Pratt


Now – here is the documentation on ‘proof of name and of Mother‘ of William Pratt


William (Henry) Harrison Pratt Death Record

Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920 – Name: William “Henry” Harrison Pratt  
Date: 1 Jul 1917 Location: Miami Indiana Gender: Male Race: White
Source notes: The source of this record is the book H-1 on pg 29

MOTHER: POLLIE OSBORN (Mary E Osborne? wife of James Pratt)

Note from Coni: NEED OBIT on William Pratt

Caroline (Trent) Pratt Info


Marshall Co. Board of Health – Certificate of Death
Certificate #: 307 Book: Argos2 PG: 122 – 5/14/14 Plymouth, IN/Coni Dubois
Additional Info provided on Certificate:
Date of Birth: 6/12/1845 born in TN
Father’s Name: Zachari Trent born in TN
Mother’s Name: Matilda Kaufman born in TN
Informant: Mr. Jesse Tomlinson

The Weekly Republican – Plymouth Ind, Thurs 12 Nov 1919
Pg 5 Col 1Mrs. Caroline Tratt (Pratt)
Argos. Nov 6.The death of Mrs. Caroline Tratt occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Tomlinson of this place. Wednesday ar 2:45. She was 54 years of age and leaves several children to mourn her departure. The body will be shipped Friday to Francisville, Ind., where funeral services will be conducted. Mrs. Pratt suffered a stroke of paralysis Saturday Nov. 1

The Argos Reflectors Thurs Nov 13, 1919 – Pg 1 Col 1: Mrs. Caroline Pratt
Caroline, the daughter of Zachariah and Matilda Trent, was born June the twelfth, eighteen hundred and forty-five, in Hancock County, Tennessee. Her demise occurred November fifth, nineteen hundred and nineteen, following a few days of acute illness. In the year of 1865 she was united in the relationships of holy marriage with Mr. W. M. Pratt, with whom the remainder of her life, up til his death on July 1st, 1917, was one long happy and harmonious experience. To this union God in his providence has entrusted the choice blessing of ten children, seven of whom are living and have now to substain the loss of not only Father but Mother also. The living children are: Richard Pratt of Hammond, Indiana, Levi Pratt of Miami, Ind., Charles Pratt of Plymouth Ind., Dan Pratt of Hoyt, Colorado, and Ivan Pratt of Hoyt, Colorado, and two daughters, Mrs. Christina Johnson of Slbley, Illinois, and Mrs. Julia Tomlinson of Argos, Ind. The other three children, Thomas, Mavilla and Nanna, have gone on and wait the coming of the family into the life beyond this. Besides these immediate children there are twenty-nine grand children are living, and six grand children dead; there are also four great grand children.
In the young womanhood of Mrs. Pratt she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and made her confession of faith in God before the world. Throughout the remaining years until her death at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 23 days she has remained true to her confession and faith. Her present membership being with the Church of Christ at Francisville, Indiana, where the funeral proper and the interment was held Saturday at 11:30 o’clock, A.M.
Mrs. Pratt together with her husband were devout followers of the Lord Jesus Christ and throughout their lives they have experienced that the various stress and storm and vicissitudes of experience are substained successfully by Him. Behind them is left their influences upon the trust God gave them in their large family until today ever child in their family has made his or her confession of faith in God and accepted the Christ as Lord in their life. This is argument sufficient to fix in the minds of men that the love and example of Christian parents pays.
Since the death of her husband Mrs. Pratt has made her home largely with her daughter Mrs. Julia Tomlinson, where her demise occured as above stated. November 5th 1919.
Thus has closed the earthly career of a loving mother, a faithful Christian, a devoted wife and a worthy citizen, against whom their is naught to mar.

We came to see our mother,
Expecting to meet her at the gate,
But alas, her smiling face we did
Not see, We were too late.
The angels had carried her
Where we hope to meet her by and by.
To the realms on high,
God has taken her with his own free will,
Where all is calm and peaceful and still.
She was the dearest friend we ever knew,
She was always kind and peaceful and true.
Had many a sorrow, fought many a strife.
So why, dear brothers and sisters,
Should we mourn her loss.
She is free from the cold and the biting frost.
And if we walk in the light and have no fear,
We are sure to meet our mother there.
David Pratt, a son.

Note from Coni: Visited the cemetery 5/14/14
Pulaski Co. Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions with added Historical & Genealogial Notes –
Book: 3 Part: 6Salem Township 1977 – Pulaski County, Indiana – INGenWeb
Nauvoo Cemetery, Co Rd 1600 W
Last Name   First Name    Maiden     Year    Year
Pratt              Caroline          Trent           1845     1919
Pratt              Claude                                   1903     1971
Pratt              Elizabeth                              1875     1962
Pratt              Leslie                             10/13/1902 – 5/11/1946
Pratt              Richard                                1868      1937

Nauvoo Cemetery is located in Francesville, Pulaski County, IN –  in Salem Township, Pulaski Co, Indiana. It is on CR 1600 W, about 1/4 mile south of CR 900 S.

This cemetery is located about a mile NE of the junction of White, Pulaski, and Jasper co.
Degrees Minutes Seconds Decimal Degrees:
Latitude: 40°55’24” N Latitude: 40.923330
Longitude: 86°54’46” W Longitude: -86.912780

I am looking forward to starting back on my Maternal lines, for now my Barkhamsted Lighthouse is truly at point of being done – have a few projects in the works and just waiting til they all come together, until then… leaves me needing to switch gears and focus on my maternal sides for time being~










2018 Presentation Schedule – By Coni Dubois

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let everyone know I am scheduling presentations for 2018!

If you are interested in scheduling – email me at:

I will be speaking at:

I am planning both of these in the same trip – will update once dates are locked in!

  1. Plainfield Township Historical Commission


Should be sometime in August/Sept 2018 (working on locking in a date)

This will be my 2nd appearance at the Plainfield Twp. Historical Commission~

1st appearance was 5/14/13

I will also be speaking at:

2. Marshall County Historical Society
123 N. Michigan Street Plymouth, IN 46563
(574) 936-2306

Open: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Closed: Sundays, Mondays & County Holidays

Should be also be sometime in August/Sept 2018

(locking in date around Sept 2017 when they start scheduling them)


My Ancient Origin – Thru Family Tree DNA

I am loving all that Family Tree DNA is coming out with!

These are my Ancient European Origin results

If you are considering doing a DNA test

I HIGHLY recommend

DNA Projects I am in (Coni (Allen) Dubois) through Family Tree DNA

I am in in SEVERAL projects on Family Tree DNA
(Just starting to figure it all out)

These are my KEY DNA Projects I am focusing on!

HVR1 & HVR2 below are my matching numbers in the projects~coni-dubois-dna-project-matches-12-31-16_page_1coni-dubois-dna-project-matches-12-31-16_page_2coni-dubois-dna-project-matches-12-31-16_page_3coni-dubois-dna-project-matches-12-31-16_page_4coni-dubois-dna-project-matches-12-31-16_page_5coni-dubois-dna-project-matches-12-31-16_page_6


Corliss Mountain – John Bliss & Minerva (Webster) Corliss


1859 Map of Colebrook CT

Ted C. Sweeney  Jan 1, 2017 to:

Hi Coni,

Happy New Year!

We hope you and your family are doing well.

We have been doing research on property in Colebrook, CT known as Corliss (Corlis) Mountain. It abuts Sandy Brook Road to the south and is one mile west of CT RT. 8.  This area is also know as the Algonquin State Forest and was my “back yard” when I grew up.  I have always been intrigued with the many foundations of old homesteads I found when I was about twelve. One of the settlers was John Bliss Corliss (Corlis).  He married his second wife, Minerva Webster of Barkhamsted in abt. 1853.

Attached is the information we have discovered on Minerva, John and their children.

I’ve been to your website and only find mention of their names.  You may find it useful.  The “Ever Widening Circle” continues on it’s magical journey.

The attachments are in MS Word for ease of editing or copy/past functions.  If you have trouble opening them, we can send them in pdf.

Ted C. Sweeney, Commander

Riverton American Legion Post No. 159

Riverton, CT

Note from Coni: I have added all the wonderful info to my files that they provided and will be available in the updated version of my research book on the Barkhamsted Lighthouse Descendants – I’ve attached my report outlines on Minerva & John for you here~




I was sent this write up via:

Ted C. Sweeney  Jan 1, 2017 to:

Corliss Mountain Settlers – Colebrook, Connecticut
Some Facts Concerning Corliss Mountain
©Bob Griggs, Colebrook Historian

From: Bob Grigg’s “Bytes of History” (The Colebrook Historical Society)

After traveling along Sandy Brook Road from Conn. Route 8 in Robertsville about one mile, the observant traveler will notice on the right two trails ascending the upland known since the 1860s as Corliss Mountain.

These trails were originally constructed as access roads to the upland between Sandy Brook on the south and Beech Hill Road on the north, and prior to the Civil War served a small community of some seven or eight houses scattered along the upland. When they leave Sandy Brook Road they are only a few feet apart. Today only Corliss Mountain Road on the left is easily visible to the traveler, the other is Scovil Road.

Ascending Scovil Road, the first several hundred yards are quite steep. As the land begins to level off, the road bends to your right, stays more or less straight for a short distance, and then makes a left bend. This is the spot where several stone monuments can be seen to your right, marking the site of Reuben Scoville’s barn. Here the road forks, with Scovil Road continuing up the mountain, going generally north, the other going east, and if followed to its end, would emerge on Route 8, about where the access road is to the dam. It is not advisable to do this however, as the decent is very steep and difficult to follow.

Going back to the point where the roads diverge at Scoville’s barn, a few hundred yards east will be found a few rocks delineating the spot Henry Manassa’s shack stood, using a large glacial erratic as the northwest wall. Careful digging here uncovers small amounts of charcoal. It is not at all unlikely that Colebrook residents burned it down during or just after his murder trial in 1851. Although Manassa was eventually cleared of the charge of murder in the Barnice White case and released from prison after sixteen years behind bars, many residents of Colebrook always believed that because he was an Indian, he must have had something to do with White’s death and subsequently refused him entrance back in town after his release from prison.

A quarter of a mile east of Manassa’s house site sat the Wilcox house. This is probably the site of the earliest dwelling on the mountain. Wilcox allegedly carried the lumber for his house up the mountain from Colebrook River on his back and with the use of a cow and a bull yoked together. He planted several apple trees, a few of which survived as large old ruins as late as the 1920’s. There is no clearly defined cellar hole here, leading to the belief that this house was a log cabin.

Returning to the barn site again and ascending the mountain a few hundred yards, you will discover on your left the foundation of Julius Scoville’s dwelling located just southeast of a large ledge which must have protected it from the fierce north winds of Autumn and Winter. Use caution at this site there is an open well here some ten or fifteen feet deep. The site must have been an attractive one when the house was built in the 1840’s when all the forest had been clear-cut, creating a spectacular view. Walk along the base of the stone ledge past the cellar hole and see if you can’t visualize yourself standing in a vegetable garden. I’m reasonable sure that is the use Scovil made of the spot. Julius Scovil was Reuben’s father. A land title deed of 1848 mentions this house.

A couple of hundred yards past Julius’ on the right-hand side of the road is a cellar hole marking the site of the dwelling house of Philo and Hiram Bidwell, who built it in 1844. Officially Scovil Road ends here, but connecting trails continue on which eventually tie in with Corliss Road, a half-mile or so to the northwest. Near the junction with Corliss Road are a series of small ponds known as “The Pleiades created at the direction of Helen Binney Kitchel for a water habitat along the stream that drains the large sphagnum swamp to the north.

There are two house sites on Corliss Road. The southernmost, which sits adjacent to “Happy’s Pines”, was owned and occupied by John B. Corliss and his son, Sam. The house site sits on an embankment above the road, held in place by a stone wall. Mrs. Kitchel named the stand of White Pines “Happy’s Pines” for her daughter, who was known by her nickname of “Happy”. This stand had survived the lumberman’s axe because the Harrison Lumber Company of Branford, Connecticut, who had cutting rights prior to Mrs. Kitchel’s acquiring the property, had never seen a nicer stand of White Pine, and couldn’t bring themselves to cut them. This stand has taken on additional meaning since the Cathedral Pines in Cornwall were destroyed by a tornado. Although not as extensive in area as the Cathedral Pines, Happy’s Pines nevertheless are nearly as large and stately. The now destroyed Cathedral Pines were estimated to have been several hundred years old, and it would seem that these trees, although not as old, nevertheless are probably around 160 years (2011). Lay down amidst these giants and look straight up, and you will experience a sensation you probably never felt before. It does for all the World seem as though you are in a cathedral whose roof is considerably more than one hundred feet above you.

One hundred and fifty yards or so to the north the road ends. Here the furthest habitation on the road stood on the south side of the large sphagnum swamp. This farm was built by Erastus Doty Jr. in 1850, and occupied by Josiah M. Balcom. Erastus died soon after completing this farm and various owners followed. The place was abandoned and sat for years alone at the end of the road. The house did not survive, but in the early years of the twentieth century, Parks Holcomb Sr. dismantled the barn and reassembled it for the McClaves at their property in north Colebrook.

The swamp is named from the type of moss that proliferates in it. Apparently created by melting water cascading from the retreating glaciers, the depression gouged out of bedrock has continued to fill up with dead vegetation for the past several thousand years and now consists of peat moss created in the oxygen-depleted waters. The water is tea colored as a result of the tannin from Hemlock bark. An island emerges in the center of this swamp covered with trees larger than their counterparts on the surrounding shores. This is probably because of the difficulty in crossing the sphagnum. It is a trip that should not be attempted except in the winter when there is a thick cover of ice. I would venture an educated guess that the peat contains more than one preserved remains of careless animals.

One species of tree that grows here is the Black Tupelo, or Pepperidge Tree.
This specie is near its northern limit, and rarely occurs around here, especially as large as these. During Colonial times when spices were difficult if not impossible to acquire, the fruit of the Tupelo was used as a substitute for black pepper, hence the name “Pepperidge”. It also has a growth pattern unlike any other tree growing in these parts. The annual growth rings are entwined, much like the way strands of DNA are portrayed. Consequently, it cannot be split, a fact some unwary woodsmen have no doubt discovered when the splitting axe went flying after coming in contact with the log. The only use that I have ever heard that this wood can be used for is bungs for wooden barrels. They can be firmly pounded into place without fear of splitting.

Ted C. Sweeney  Jan 5, 2017 to:

Hi Coni,

Attached is a “Sketch” of Corliss Mountain showing the approximate locations of the homesteads. This was compiled from the article written by Bob Griggs and  that you posted with the info we sent you.  I plan to walk the area again this spring to get a better idea of locations.

Note of interest – on the sketch there is an area noted as a “possible cemetery” just north of the Corliss property.  This is a leveled off area with four distinct small field stones set standing upright and spaced appropriately for burials.  The area appears to have been well maintained ans is still free of any trees or brush.  Possible burials of infants?

Also attached are some photos we took of the area.
Now that I have a better understanding of the area, I would like to revisit Corliss Mountain this spring and take better photos.  I would also like to verify the locations of the home sites on the sketch.

On one of your visits “back home” we would be happy to show you the area. 
It’s about a 30 minute hike up Corliss Road to the site.
More photos to follow in the next e-mail.

Sketch of Home-sites & Roads on Corliss Mountain

Here are photos of the Corliss Homestead foundation.

Photos of the possible Corliss Cemetery are next.

Ted C. Sweeney  Jan 5, 2017 to:
“You may share everything that we have passed on to you.
Unfortunately, Bob passes away in July of 2016.”
“He was an absolute encyclopedia of information on the Colebrook area.”
Check out his website:
Bob Grigg’s “Bytes of History” (The Colebrook Historical Society)
“I have read many of his articles and haven’t seen any copyright reservations on his work.” 
“Bob was always very happy to share what he had discovered.”
Ted C. Sweeney











A History of New England: Containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches of … Mention’s our Chaugum

A History of New England: Containing Historical and Descriptive Sketches of
edited by R. H. Howard, Henry E. Crocker VOL I (CT)
Donated by Beth Northrop
pg 331 – Middle of page: At the time of the first settlement of Salisbury there was an Indian village at Weatog, the Indian name of the town, consisting of about 70 wigwams. Their trail through Cornwall to the Bantam clan at Litchfield was well known.
Bottom of page: † Chaugum, the last man of a small tribe in New Hartford, lived till near the close of the last century; and his descendants in the female line kept up the council-fires till quite recently. The descendants of his married daughter are the only representatives of the race in Winchester and Barkhamstead.
The entire Vol I can be accessed at this link:
Tonia Allen Gould

Children's and Young Adult Author and Founder of the FInding Corte Magore Project

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