I have been unable to document with certainty were the Brigances first settled in NC. There are some "scant" records in Orange, Gilford, and Rockingham Counties (NC). The Calendars of Manuscript Collections by the NC Historical Commission (pages 106-7) document William was in the Gilford or Rockingham Co. area in 1777.
Part of the problem is that at that time there a few large counties and then they began to divide.
It is my understanding that at one time the Cumberland Settlement was "politically attached" to NC. Later the area was the "State of Franklin", and then TN. Thus, it is possible Mary was born in an area that is now TN, but to be "politically correct" she was born in NC.
Records document William was in the area north of Greensboro, NC in 1777. But there is the question of "Was his family there, or was William there with Capt. Jenkins/Jinkins to apprehend David Jackson and take him to Halifax for a reward."
Sorry I can't be more exact, but hope this helps. I would appreciate your ideas or any information you have on the subject.
Regarding your question about William Melvin Brigance, he was a grandson of William
[the eldest son of John by his (John's) first marriage]. Yes, there is the possibility William's name was William Melvin also (Yes, John could have named his first son after his father.) I have never seen a middle initial or name for your William.
Let me know if you are interested in exchanging information on Mary and George's descendants (including the current generations).
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