Shirley, looks like your younger Adamses were b. N C. My John b 1802 says VA, even the children later said VA.....so I'd say everyone is fairly certain of that fact. I'm suspecting that my Adamses originally were from the area on the Va & N C border. Don't ask me why, I just do. The Halifax Co Va Adamses seem to have repeats of all the names in my family. Sylvester Adams went to the Dickson Co Tn area early with his children and his brother Richard's children. Then went to the Humphreys Co Tn area where he died. There was another Adamsfamily, Asa/Ashel, that were evidently in the N C area, then to S C, then to the Roane/Morgan/Rhea Co Tn early. There is a picture of one of the decendants of a son, Nelson, that honestly looks so much like my Dad its uncanny!They were in Dickson Co Tn mid 1800's.Nobody seems to know where Asa/Ashel came from before N C, could be VA....so guess I didn't prove anything. There was also an Adams family that I read about that lived on the border between VA and N C! I won't give up, I will find John's family sooner or later. I'll keep an eye out for your bunch too. Thanks for writing.