Bryan, thanks for your email. No, you are not the Florida participant
who was mentioned in the messages earlier about a potential father for
John Lewis Poythress. I'm sorry for the confusion caused by referring
to the other fellow that way, in light of the fact that you moved to FL
in very recent years. The other "Florida participant" in our DNA Study
is much older than you. He & his grandfather & his great-grandfather
were all born in Florida, so his line has been there in FL since at
least that great-grandfather's birth in 1833.
And yes, you are right that Joshua Lewis Poythress, son of James Edward
Poythress, was born in Mecklenburg Co, VA in Nov 1828, and that he died
in June 1854 -- in Sumter County, Alabama, where he & his wife moved
with his parents and with all his other siblings, who were listed on the
family's Bible-type record. (By the way, none of the listed siblings
were named John, and no others had Lewis as a middle name.) Joshua Lewis
P's death resulted in an estate record in Sumter County, AL, with his
father handling it, so we do have outside confirmation that he was deceased.
Yes, all of that makes it clear that Joshua Lewis Poythress was not the
same person as John Lewis Poythress, who as you noted, was listed in the
1900 Franklin Co, NC census.
I know that through the years some have wondered if John Lewis Poythress
was also a son of James Edward Poythress. (James Edward P was born in
Mecklenburg Co, VA on 13 August 1803.) I do not believe John Lewis P
was his son, since
- James Edward Poythress & his wife Catherine Preston began keeping
their own family Bible-type record when they married in late February 1828
- they began it by copying all the family information available about
the family in which wife Catherine Preston had been born (Unfortunately,
they listed no info in that record about James Edward's birth family)
- they kept their record up through the births of all 8 of their
listed children, including sons who died as infants, and through the
marriages of their children, and deaths of many family members.
To me, all of that clearly indicates that John Lewis Poythress was not
their son, but was rather the son of another Poythress man. We just have
to keep searching for the right traces that will help us know which one.