The real expert on the Blount family line is a relative named Teri. She has done so much research on the Blount line that you could spend a year just wading through what she has posted on Rootsweb.com.
The following photo was taken at the Blount family reunion in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas in the 1960s:
This Blount line begins with:
Frederick Blount and Miorum (Mary) Koen? – (Koen may have been her maiden name, but we do not know for sure yet). Koen is used as a middle name and even a first name in several descendants, and there are some Koen families in the census in their vicinity.
Sam Houston at the Battle of San Jacinto. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This line of Binghams has been very difficult to trace. When we began this search, no living member of our family that we could find even knew the names James S. Bingham and Lavica Ann Dyches Bingham. By participating in a Family Tree DNA project in May 2004, we got a match with two other participants.
FamilyTreeDNA.com (Photo credit: jasonpearce)
An explanation of the process best comes from that site, which states “The Y-Chromosome is passed from father to son unchanged, except for a mutation about every 500 generations. Testing the y chromosome provides a genetic finger print consisting of 12 or 25 markers. This finger print is then compared against that of other men in the Surname Project by matching the markers. By comparing the fingerprints, or markers you can determine if you are related”. Family Tree DNA currently has over 800 surname projects. To see if there is one for a surname you are interested in, go to this site.