Actually, I'm not working on my Stegall/Steagalls at the present time. I'm knee-deep in my Scott search.
My brain got bruised from banging my head on all my Stegall brick walls, over and over again. It was time for a break. I was hoping if I waited long enough, it would give other researchers time to uncover so new information.
Some of my brick walls...
1. Were Rabun, Randolph (Randall and Randle), Hartwell, and Thomas "Gardner" family surnames?
2. Rabun's wife was a Jane. Jane what? Was Jane Indian or part Indian?
Hartwell, her son, had a son named Wm. Alexander Stegall. I've seen a picture of Alexander's dau, Sarah Alexander Stegall (Cull). Sarah looked Indian...not a little, but alot. Sarah's mother was part Cherokee, but she didn't look Indian in the picture I saw of her. It would seem that Alexander was the one who had the greater Indian heritage. So that would have meant that Hartwell and Jane Stegall would have been the sources.
Hartwell md. his lst cousin, Jane Steagall, d/o Randolph and Susan Laffoon Stegall. Hartwell and Jane's fathers were brothers.
Years ago I read somewhere that Susan Laffoon's mother was 1/2 Indian. Anyway, I'm no where near having that worked out.
It doesn't seem as though the earlier Stegall line had Indian blood. That leads me to believe the Indian heritage came from the wives of some of the Stegall men.
3. So many have posted that Samuel Stegall's wife was Jane RANDOLPH. Perhaps Randolph was one of her family names. I don't know, but I've never seen any proof that Randolph was her actual maiden name, have you?
4. I tracked down everyone who entered that Samuel's wife was Jane HALIFAX. Everyone had copied that name from one other man's rootsweb entry. I talked to him, and he said he had no idea where he got the name Halifax from as his notes were lost when his computer crashed.
Samuel and Jane Stegall lived in Halifax Co, NC, but where is there any proof whatsoever that her last name was Halifax?? Yet people continue copying the name and re-posting it, the same as they do the Randolph name.
I believe it was a Moses Stegall who md. an Elizabeth Randolph, one or two generations before Samuel's birth. Could that be where the Randolph name for Samuel's son came from??
4. My 2nd gr grandfather, Wm. Alexander Stegall, had two daughters with Lemira "Jane" Stegall, 1853 and 1855, in Henry Co, TN. She and the girls were in the 1860 Camden, Benton Co, TN census by themselves. Where was Alex? That's a brick wall. No one knows what happened to him. They either divorced, which I can't find a record for, or he died or abandoned them because she married again in Sep 1861.
5. As many years as Samuel and Jane were md, there is mention of only three children for them...Jessee, Randolph, and Rabun. Jane and only those sons were named as heirs for Samuel.
I'm glad there have been some Stegall men who have been donors for the Y DNA projects. The more donors the better.
I'm sure when I get back into researching our Stegalls, it will remind me of the brick walls I've forgotten. The ones above are plenty to start with.
How about you? What brick wall is frustrating you the most?
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