The solutions which you are considering for your puzzle all seem viable.The link to that John Adams who died in 1773 with the Nicholson's & Lundy's involved in his estate settlement might be a winner.Finding those three names linked is reasonably strong circumstantual evidence that you are searching the proper haystack. A full extract of that estate might provide further clues or tie a knot but you've probably already gone that route.I would also be interested in it as I continue trying to untangle some of the Adams "cousins" who remained in Virginia after my guy went to NC.Checking out the Southampton Co Lundy surname records for that periodand/or Revolutionary War pension records for both surnames might also turn up something useful.You are correct to fully explore the other options as well. One of the children of Henry Adams who died 1767/70 in Southampton Co, VA (I have that Henry tentatively placed as David's brother) named a son John.Benjanin Adams also named a son John and there seem to be others of that generation sharing the common names of John or Henry.Benjamin's son apparantly went by John Hobbs Adams to dintinguish himself from his cousin.I haven't personally researcchedthem and don't have their death dates but either one couldbe the John whose 1773 estate you encountered. Adding just a bit to the John & Henry Adams suing Robert over the estate, there are also some records from Butte/Franklin County, NC showing that Robert borrowed money from Henry, putting up his land as security and there were some repayment issues.Robert apparantly went back to Southampton County as a result or about that time.This may or may not be the Robert Adams whom Sally Adams divorced in 1811 and may or may not be the Robert Adams mentioned in an 1821 Franklin Co, NC guardian record.I'm trying to pin down whether that Robert Adams was a brother of "my" Jesse Adams Sr (father of Jesse Jr, Bryant & Byrd Adams ofButte/Franklin/Johnston Co, NC) I'm trying to recall whether Virginia has an "Orphans Court" or whether guardianship matters show up in circuit court.If LDS shows they have Orphans Court records for Southampton County that would be the film to request to pursue your lead. The possibility that the branch arrived from England just prior to the Revolution cannot be dismissed but I agree with you that the Virginia roots likely run deeper.On some of my other family lines I've had to dis-prove and dismiss similar traditions.Seems a lot of them cropped up when Goodspeed and other 19th century family book producers interviewed local folks a century after the fact and tended to embelish the stories or plug in unsupported opinions to fill gaps.These published opinions have sent many a researcher down a garden path.