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    Researchers believe they may be able to use DNA to uncover fate of Lost Colony

    Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 | 11:37 AM ET
    Canadian Press

    ROANOKE ISLAND, N.C. (AP) - Researchers believe they may be able to use DNA to help uncover the fate of the Lost Colony, which vanished a few years after more than 100 people settled on Roanoke Island in 1587.

    "The Lost Colony story is the biggest unsolved mystery in the history of America," said Roberta Estes, owner of DNA Explain, a private DNA analysis company based in Brighton, Michigan.

    The company is working with the Lost Colony Center for Science and Research, an independent group based in Washington, N.C., that is trying to figure out what happened to the colony. It was established 20 years before Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement.

    "I don't know what we'll find in the end," Estes told the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. "Part of the big question for me is, did the Lost Colony survive? Who is their family today? And where did they go?"

    Fred Willard, director of the Lost Colony center, said some colonists may have moved inland to what are now East Lake, Chocowinity and Gum Neck.

    The researchers have used genealogy, deeds and historical narratives to compile 168 surnames that could be connected to settlers. Researchers plan to use cheek swabs taken from possible ancestors to test the paternal and maternal DNA lines.

    "In our case, with the Lost Colony, the only way we're going to trace who was who and if they survived is to use DNA," Estes said.

    While DNA will not make any immediate connections beyond living relatives, the samples can provide clues to an individual's country of origin and other shared family traits, Estes said. Genealogy will have to fill in the blanks.

    Researchers may also try to test American Indian remains or known relatives of the colonists in England.

    More than 100 people settled on Roanoke Island in 1587, but the colonists vanished sometime between August of that year and 1590, when their governor returned to the island from a trip to England.

    © The Canadian Press, 2007

  • #2
    Well one of the surnames that they quote is "Caroon"..another spelling of my Carrow surname. One of my testees is from the very place they are testing.

    We know that our family was not here that early, but rather in America by 1643 and in North Carolina by 1663 or even a bit earlier.

    My family is in MD & DE very early on and "theirs" in NC right near Chocowinity where they are now living.

    Another error is that Carrow/Caroon were NOT on the manifest for the 1587 voyage.

    I have e-mailed both Roberta Estes who I do not know and Fred Williard who I do know.

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    • #3
      I never heard of this before. A missing Roanoke colony from England? I had heard of the lost Swiss colony in North Carolina. My guess is that they assimilated with one or more American Indian tribes.

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