Mike, try the county archives/court house records where he lived. I was able to retrieve a lot of information re: birth, marriage and wills from the court house records. Also try census and tax records from counties where he lived.If your family line is connected to the Revolution, the D.A.R. has a family file. I traced my lineage back to Balthesar so far.Balthesar(1745-1819)& Mary(d.1842) had 11 children one of which was Henry(1765?)-John(1810)-John(1833)-Albert(1887-1964).