Joanne:You have expressed the problem which I have with John being the son of James and Rachel and the one who m. my 'aunt' Sarah Shelby.I have seen info that this is correct, however, I ran into the problem of reconcilling a 2 yr old deceased John with husband John of Sallie Shelby.
Ms. Jean West of Memphis suggested that perhaps, since Rachel was pregnant when James died, she named another son John, which was not uncommon.
But that scenario would not work because the child that Rachel had was my 'aunt' Margaret Alexander, who m. my 'uncle' Charles Alexander in Meck.
So, either the apparent 2 yr life of John is in error and he lived long enough to have a family in Cuba, TN, or Sallie's John is another one.??If you find out anything more, please let me know.Thanks.Mac.