My real name is James Luster Adams Jr. but I’ve gone by Griz for about 40 years. I’m a retired Air Force Officer and pilot. The beautiful woman beside me is my bride of 37 years, the former Frances Ann Mast. Fran was diagnosed at 57 with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and I’m fortunate to be able to be her full time caregiver.
My mother started me on this genealogical journey. My maternal grandfather disappeared before my mother was born and I believe that fueled her desire to know all about her family. I heard stories from a child as to how we were descended from Pocahontas. I heard stories of ancestors fighting in the American revolution, the War of 1812 and of course the U.S. Civil War. All of this and an Ancestry commercial in June of 2016 led to this site. I’ve been tested at all four autosomal DNA companies and have had numerous other DNA tests including Y 111 Marker, Big Y tests and Mitochondrial done.
My parents were professionals – an Air Force officer and a Civil Engineer. We traveled continuously while I was growing up and I’m certain that has fueled some of my world view. We are all connected and once you get into genetic genealogy, that view is just reinforced. I was born in New Mexico and have lived all over the United States and was fortunate to also live in Germany as a child.
My family history is mostly southern colonial. We had ancestors at Jamestown. My 10th great-grandmother is Princess Matoaka Pocahontas Powhatan. My 9th great-grandparents John Churchill and Hannah Potus were some of the first settlers in Plymouth following the Mayflower landing. Hannah arrived in 1633 and John in 1643. Their daughter married Thomas Doty, son of Edmund Doty, one of the Mayflower Compact signers.
What this all means is that we’ve been in the United States a long time. Our most recent immigrant ancestor, George Fisher (Georgius Sagics), came to the United States from Hungary around 1800. Almost every other line we have starts in the early 1700s with numerous ones starting in the 1600s. Large southern farming families that have been here since the 1600 and 1700s translates into a ton of matches on Ancestry. As of 2/15/17, I have over 34,000 identified cousins on Ancestry DNA. I mention that because I match a lot of folks and I get a fair amount of requests from people trying to figure out our connection. Here’s all my genealogical info if you’d like to see if we’re related.
- Ancestry User Name – JamesLAdamsJr
- Ancestry Tree – http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/105041073/family
- Male Haplogroup – R1b->U106->DF96->L1->FGC52382->FGC52379
- FTDNA U106 Project – https://www.familytreedna.com/my/group-join.aspx?group=R1b-U106
- FTDNA L1/S21 Project – https://www.familytreedna.com/my/group-join.aspx?group=NULL439
- FTDNA Adams Y DNA Surname Project (Co-Administrator)- https://www.familytreedna.com/public/adams/
- Mitochodrial Haplogroup – H1b1-T16362C
- Paternal Grandmother Mitochondrial Haplogroup – U5b2a1a1
- Wife’s Mitochondrial Haplogroup – J1c8
- Gedmatch Numbers
- A223700 (Ancestry V1)
- A366822 (Ancestry V2)
- M280235 (23andMe)
- T049622 (FTDNA)
- M300507 (My father James L. Adams Sr.)
- A242368 (Fran Adams – Ancestry)
- LL869783 (Lazarus Kit for my sister Pam. 3683 cM. Extremely Accurate)
- I manage a number of other kits for family members. If you match any of those, use my contact form to get more info.
- 3rd Great Grandparent surnames –
- Paternal – Adams, Leopard (Lippert), McRae, McLeod, Terrell, Hilton, Brock, Six (Sixt), Luster, Norell, Nixon, Rawls(Rawles), Davis, Fisher (Sagics), Anderson, Sansing
- Maternal – Austin, Creech, Lairson(Larison/Larrison), Billingsley, Smith, Berry, Parks, Clack, Wilson, Ramsey, Frazier, Reed, Miller, Harrison, Ireland
If you need to contact me, send an e-mail to
(There is a dot between Colonial and Family)