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Sharlotte Neely Donnelly (#19199118)
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Bio Photo Find a Grave is a wonderful resource with many sincere, generous, and hard working volunteers weaving a tapestry of humanity's genealogy by memorializing individual lives. Sharlotte Donnelly's information and photos on Find a Grave are free to be used by other researchers.

Sharlotte Kathleen Bridgette Neely Donnelly is Professor Emerita of Anthropology at Northern Kentucky University and is the author of Snowbird Cherokees and Native Nations, co-author of This Land Was Theirs, and author of the science fiction novel Kasker, among dozens of other publications. She received her college degrees from Georgia State University in Atlanta (BA) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MA and PhD). She was the first in her family to graduate from college.

Sharlotte's ancestry is Irish, Scots, Scots-Irish, Welsh, English, Viking, French, German, other European, west African, other African, southwest Asian, and Lumbee Native American. The ancestry of Sharlotte's maternal grandmother is the best documented of all her Native American lines. That line goes back to English settlers from Jamestown, Virginia who married into the Coree Indians who lived on the Atlantic coast along the Virginia/North Carolina border. By the late 17th century, the Coree population had declined due to disease and war. During the Tuscarora War, some of the surviving Coree fled south seeking refuge among the Cheraw Indians. Later some surviving Cheraws, remnants of other Indian groups, whites, and African Americans became the basis of the contemporary Lumbee Indians.

Sharlotte and all her direct female descendants and ancestors are of the matrilineal clan of "Katrine" (mtDNA haplogroup K). DNA matriline testing reveals that is the same matrilineal clan from which the 5,000-year-old "Ice Man" found in the Alps comes. Katrine was one of seven women from whom almost everyone of European ancestry is descended. Katrine lived about 15,000 years ago on the southern slopes of the Alps in northern Italy near present-day Venice, Italy. Through the Cone and other branches of the family, Sharlotte is descended from Conn of the Hundred Battles, the first high king of Ireland.

Sharlotte also has a small amount of Neanderthal and Denisovan ancestry.

Many of Sharlotte’s direct ancestors were veterans of the French and Indian War (at least one of her fifth great-grandfathers), the Revolutionay War (including at least one of her fourth great-grandfathers and three of her fifth great-grandfathers, including Revolutionary War hero, Captain William Henry Cone), Civil War (including at least one of her third great-grandfathers and five of her second great-grandfathers), and World War II (her father). Collateral relatives (uncles and cousins) were veterans of the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, First Seminole War, Second Seminole War, Third Seminole War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, and others.

She is also a direct descendant of famous 18th century artist, Joseph Badger, Sr., her seventh great-grandfather.

Sharlotte is the only child of Joseph Bowden Neely and Kathleen Bell Neely, all originally from Savannah, Georgia. She is married to anthropologist, attorney, and retired high school athletic director Thomas Christian Christopher Donnelly. They have one daughter, Mary Kathleen Bridgette Elisabeth Donnelly, and one granddaughter, Mary Kathleen Quinn Donnelly. The family is Catholic. They live with their dogs and other pets in Cincinnati, Ohio in a Queen Anne Victorian house built in 1896. Sharlotte’s name is the Irish-American version of “Charlotte”/”Searlait.” She especially loves her roles as granddaughter, daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother.

Sharlotte got her love of genealogy as a small child working on family histories with her maternal grandmother, Nevada McClelland Bell. She got her love of visiting cemeteries from her paternal grandmother, Nettie King Neely Riley.

Her web page is “Sharlotte’s Anthropology.”
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RE: Mary Martin
Cool! Have you done the DNA thing on Ancestry? I didn't see you on my list of possible matches.
Added by LadyG8r924 on Oct 09, 2017 6:37 PM
RE: Mary Martin
Hi, It seems there's some debate about this. I'm doing some additional research and hope to find the answer soon. When I find out, I'll let you know. Irene
Added by LadyG8r924 on Oct 09, 2017 4:49 AM
RE: Mary Martin
Hi, She is my 5th great grandmother. All the information you have provided on her memorial page matches the information for her on Ancestry. If you need additional information, just let me know. Irene
Added by LadyG8r924 on Oct 06, 2017 4:28 PM
Carol Hudson
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Hi Sharlotte,

Shared ancestors - yes, I think we probably do. Elizabeth Salety Futch is my 4th Great Grandmother. Of course, there are others, but she is probably the most recognizable.

I am a newbie at this, but I really enjoy tracing my family. I have learned a lot about myself from your memorials. I am in the process of revisiting some of my earlier work on my tree, now that I've got a year of experience under my belt. Nothing compared to yours, but I am now beginning to connect the dots. You have made a huge contribution to my understanding of my own history and to the genealogical community in general.

Our ancestry (yours and mine) seem to be the same in general, i.e., my ancestors are mostly English, Irish, western European and Scandinavian. There are others in the mix, of course, but that's 97% of my heritage.

According to DNA testing, my one and only genetic community is the southeast and northern and central Florida. My parents also share ancestors, i.e., same great grandparents in the 1400's. I have found three overlaps so far. I use colored icons for profile pictures on all my ancestors but my great grandparents get a different color for each of the four branches of my family. It is impossible to miss these shared ancestors when you are working on one color and another color from the other side of your tree shows up as a great grandparent. I suppose this phenomena is common when your ancestors all came from the same part of the world, given the smaller population in the earlier centuries and global phenomena, such as the plague, that shaped the distribution of the population in the past. I am also intrigued by the number of my ancestors who were royalty. It occurred to me that this would not be uncommon since the wealthy and their progeny would be the most likely to survive disease and wars, etc. I'm not a student of these things. They are just my observations. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Added by Carol Hudson on Sep 17, 2017 8:02 AM
Carol Hudson
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Hi Sharlotte - I just wanted to thank you for the exceptional job you do on your memorials. I just learned something about my own heritage, just from reading one of your explanations of 'colonial' Indians. My hat is off to you.

Thanks again,
Carol Hudson
Added by Carol Hudson on Sep 16, 2017 4:00 PM

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