Lindy: (1) What is your 'source' that James Abercrombie was born circa 1709...family tradition?And where was he born...Scotland, England, America...where?You state he was born in Scotland...your source...family tradition? If his date and place of birth are based 'solely' on family tradition, your Abercrombie ancestry house is being built on a somewhat weak foundation at best! Just as likely, said family tradition was derived and/or created from initial ancestry work gathered and passed down and/or PUBLISHED in early books. In my opinion, a certain 1936 published book and an early DAR claim (later taken down as being false) are the genesis for James Abercrombie's circa 1709 date of birth and place of birth being Scotland. Both could be correct, but not 'documented' by anyone that I am aware ofto date! (2) You state that in your family tree only those individuals that you have found documentation such as wills, census and land records and FAMILY TRADITION are included. Your 'family tradition' catch-all category is a...pure killer!Since you are so very keen on documented evidence versus circumstantial evidence, exactly where does your 'family tradition' compare to 'documented' and 'circumstantial' evidence? If certain 'documented evidence' is say a 9-10 on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the best) and 'circumstantial evidence' is at best a 4-5 (depending on the strength of said 'circumstantial evidence'), just where does your 'family tradition' rate on said scale? I would think a rating above a 2 would be a stretch!
Regarding your search for additional evidence, search the records in (1)Lancaster County, PA (circa 1730-1766), (2)Chester County, PA (circa 1730-1766),(3)'original' Bath County, VA (circa 1740-1757)...the 'original' Bath County, VA was divided several times and eventually removed from the VA county listing of names until used later in a newly created county in western VA (search the 'original' Bath County, VA records NOT the newly created Bath County, VA records) and (4) Orange County, NC (circa 1755-1770).
Your 'use' of the Will of James Abercrombie (circa 1740) as a basis that James remained a bachelor until 42 has little merit! See a detailed post regarding the children of James (circa 1740) per my follow-up post in a couple of days. Regarding Isaac Abercrombie, I never claimed Isaac was married twice.The one thing that is puzzling regarding the named children of Isaac and Mary Pounds...the apparent first son being named Archibald.This leads me to ponder whether or not Isaac was a full brother and/or possibly a cousin of either John (circa 1736) or James (circa 1740)? To be continued tomorrow...Tony Schoonover