I've only yesterday found genealogy.com so haven't done much other than respond to your query. My ancestors were from Halifax County near Republican Grove. My GGG-Grandfather was Thomas Owen (born abt 1776 and died in 1856 in Rutherford Co. Tenn.) and his wife was named Sarah Ann or Sallie Stewart (abt 1780 and died in 1835 in Halifax Co.) As near as I can ascertain from Roger's maps, the family have lived near there and worshipped at the Republican Grove Baptist Church. There was a John Stewart who lived close to the Pittsylvania county border (p.26).
On p. 72 in the lower right corner you will find the name of Charles Bates and Sarah Fleming. Henry Owen, one of Thomas and Sarah's son's married their daughter, Mary Brooks Bates. Speaking to Roger Dodson some time ago he said there are lots of Owen family members in Halifax County. He suggested that I sometime investigate the area that is shown as having no record lying next to the Bates property on p. 72. That is still pending. The upshot is that the families of interest to me are Owen and Stewart's.
I've had DNA studies completed on a male cousin that leads us to believe we descend from Bartholomew Owen who came to Virginia in the late 1600s to settle in Surry Co. How we connect is yet to be determined.
Well, you might be sorry you asked, but if you ever run across researchers with the same interests, send them my way. Thank you again.
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