Thanks, Ralph. Unfortunately, I've ruled them all out. By 1850, my guy was in Jackson County, Wv . He is a real mystery.
I've been checking all the Pearson/Pierson families that I can find that were in the Ohio valley area but so far, no luck. Its harder becausemy Samuel left the area in 1840 and went down the Ohio with his soon to be parents -in -law. Thanks again. Merry Anne