I am working on a records comparison of the several William Chronisters in Pope Co. for your review. Some things became very obvious when I added some recently acquired information. As was clear in our previous exchanges, I became totally convinced that William Jackson Chronister was the son of Azariah, mostly because he appeared on the tax rolls as a minor at almost the same time of Azariah’s estate was admitted to probate in Johnson Co. However, the land doesn’t lie. I have some “new” data to add to the mix.
Randy and Cathy, I have come to agree with you that William M. is the son of Azariah, however much it defies logic when looking at his tax, census and land records. William J., who remains the most logical candidate, “IS NOT.” Mary Lou, our very strong circumstantial case cannot stand against land records that document the inheritance of land. Peggy, there is nothing wrong with our research techniques or our data. Looking at our proof, I think it is still very solid, but we stopped short of searching all the tax and land records available. When I was finally able to invest the time to do this, I found the solution to the identity problem for William M.’s father.
A big thank you to Pope Co. Historical Association leaders for listening to theories and helping me get to where I was going, even if it turned out to be different from where I thought. I had to re-evaluate in light of this new information obtained from Pope Co. deed and tax records. But we all know that re-assessing is a constant in research.
As yet, my case for the father of William J. remains circumstantial. However, with one more of the Williams eliminated from the pool, it should be easier.
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