Your post about the Farrells caught my attention.My great grandparents, James Drew and Theresa Cusack Drew purchased 120 acres of land from James and Margaret Farrell about 1861.A copy of the transaction and deed is on file; and "my copy" is currently in the hands of my son who is also becoming interested in genealogy.
I believe the land purchase was in 1861; and, to the best of my knowledge there were really not any "clues" or leads about James and Margaret Farrell in that document.I notice you listed two couples named James and Margaret.I assume you are certain of this.As far as I remember, there were no middle initials used... or other clues.
I have always assumed that the Farrells were "fellow Irishmen."Of importance to us is the fact that this land sale occurred very shortly after James Drew arrived in Daviess county... following a period (1847-1859) during which we have NOT been able to "trace" his family.Both of your James Farrells would have been contemporaries of James Drew's FATHER (John, b. 1806) whereas James Drew himself was born in 1833 and would have been only about 26 or 27 years old when he arrived in Daviess County.For these and other reasons, we feel certain that the Farrells did NOT "sponsor" James Drew... but they did become "important neighbors" and show up again as the baptismal sponsors of some of James Drew's children.... or would this have been an even younger James and Margaret Farrell?
I have a million questions; and would like to pick your brain sometime if your connection with this interests you... especially if you know your Daviess County history.