No I didn't mention it to Scottie. He isn't specifically looking for
Poythresses but he hits them on a tangent all the time through all his other
family names. To ask for any more than I did seemed to be to be asking him
to do some "P" genealogy and I was a little hesitant to do that.
For Florida we have a James S. Poythress from Screven in our crosshairs
although we don't know where he came from IN Screven. He sells land in
Screven, imigrates to Gadsden County, "Florida territory" (Tallahasse area)
in mid 1820's, patents a couple of pieces of land and we have the patents, is
shown on the muster rolls in a couple of places in the Florida militia during
what is referred to as the "Indian Wars" which I would assume to be with the
Seminoles (maybe some Creeks were that far south but I doubt it). There are
Masonic connections in both Screven and Gadsden Counties....offering only a
remote hint that its possible he could have moved to start a "Florida
Skip the generation immediately following that of James S. and some
Poythresses start showing up in Gadsden County A Balinger lady in
Jacksonville complied and posted extensive references to these people in the
LDS' index (now on-line). I have written her but received no reply. She and
the others are all missing that generation of James S's son also.. I've had
a couple of Gadsden folks on the wire and they are as anxious to find James
S.'s son as we are.
If his decedents can link back to certain ones in Screven, then they can get
on mine and Bud's line all the way back to Thomas in Brunswick ca 1760 or so.
James S. is a pretty frustrating guy for us: we can't get a bead on where he
came from or where he went (in the sense of an heir). If you want all this
stuff on James S. I'll be happy to put it on a file and e-mail it to you.
You know, I also remember Barbara talking about Florida guys quite a while
back. I don't remember whether she had them "identified" as
"hers" or if she
just ran up on James S. and was looking to see if he was hers...its not all
that far from Sumter County, AL to Gadsden County, FL but its not all that
close either. Specifically in the case of James S. I'd be inclined to say he
is most likely a Sylvania guy who went to Gadsden County for any of several
reasons. Just the fact that he came from Screven would incline me to rule
him out of Barbara's direct line. On the other hand I wouldn't have any
reason to put him IN my line except that he came from Screven.
I'd guess one of two alternatives for Barbara ( I think she's out of town now
but will no doubt pick this one up and reply. Either she found some other
Poythress guy in Florida or she found this guy, saw he was from Screven and
figured he was much more likely to not come from her direct line.