My apologies, if I didn't make myself clear. I am supposing that the William Burton, married to Elizabeth Watson, of Sussex Co, DE, and who is "late of Worcester Co, MD" on 26 Jan 1744, is one and the same William Burton, who first appears in Craven Co, NC six months later on 09 Jun 1744 and who married the widow Priscilla Hall in 1750 in Craven Co, NC. Therefore, there is no gap. Remember my first and last sentences. I realize this is a circumstantial connection, but, IMHO, darn good circumstanial connection.
Want more? My BURTON DNA results have been sitting in the BURTON DNA Program for some 3-5 years, as best as I can remember. I was all alone and connected to nobody. I had reasons to think that I MIGHT be connected to the Wiliam Burton and Ann Stratton family, of Accomack Co, VA
Remember, how I said that one of the sons of my William Burton, of Craven Co, NC, was named Watson Burton. That made me start looking for a William Burton, married to a WATSON woman, sometime before 1744. And looky what I found. I'll be glad to reassess my conclusions, if you can find for me another William Burton married to a WATSON woman before 1744.
You questioned that going from DE to NC was a JUMP. Look at these, that I found in the Sussex Co, DE deeds.
2/26/1757: Power of Attorney- Thomas Simmons, farmer, and Ann my wife, of Craven Co, NC, appoint my trusty and well beloved friend Thomas Prettyman, Esqr gentleman of Sussex Co, my atty to make over a tract of land agreeable to a bond given to Paul Waples..... Wit: Henry Draper, Tho Clifton. Power of attorney executed before Michl Constance J.P. Recorded in Sussex Co, DE Record Book I, No. 9, page 158.
2/26/1757: Bond of Conveyance- Thomas Simmons and Ann his wife, formerly Ann Luis, both of Craven Co, NC, am firmly bound unto Paul Waples, merchant of Sussex Co, in the sum of 60 pds.....the condition of this obligation is such that if Thomas Simmons and Ann his wife shall make over or impower some atty to make over a tract of land in Indian River, adj land of Thomas Carey & William Burton, who is decd, and formerly belonged to one John Williams, who by his will gave the same to Mary his wife and Mary bequeathed it to her grandchild Ann Luis, now Ann Simmons, then this present obligation to be void. Wits: Tho Clifton, Henry Draper. Recorded in Sussex Co, DE Record Book I, No. 9, page 159.
Here is a family who did precisely what you thought was a JUMP. Here's another kick in the head. Guess what family were close neighbors to William Burton, Priscilla Hall, Lemuel Hatch and related Gillett families, in Craven Co, NC? They are surrounded by SIMMONS families.
2/20/1749: (most likely date, though last digit is blank) Francs Parsons Inventory. Buyers: PATTERSON GILLET, JOHN GILLET, John SIMMONS, Rebecca Parsons, Daniel SIMMONS, Martin Bainter, Thomas Murphy, PRISSILLA HALL, Cassen Brinson, Easther Parsons, MRS ANNA GILLET, Thomas Smyth, etc. Recorded in Early Records of NC, Vol II (1749-1754).
11/10/1750: Wm Burton, mill wright of Craven Co, to Priscilla Hall and Lemuel Hatch, Esq, a marriage is intended between Wm Burton and Priscilla Hall, widow...
4/27/1752: Patterson Gillett and John Gillett sold to Lamuel Hatch, for 40 pds, 156 acres on the south side of the Trent River, on the west side of Simmons Branch, being land said Patterson Gillett now lives on, it being part of land granted to John Gillett in 1738 and transferredfrom said John Gillett Sr to said John Gillett Jr and from said John Gillett Jr to said Patterson Gillett by deed. Wit: Nathan Parsons, John Lale, Ann Gillett. Recorded in Craven Co, NC Deed Book 1, page 538.
5/23/1757: Lemuel Hatch received a land patent for 620 acres in Craven Co on the south side of the Trent River, joining Thomas Pollack, Benjamin Simmons, Hatch, Anderson Gillett, Edmond Hatch, Simmonses Branch and the river. Recorded in NC Land Patent Book 15, page 231.
Still think it's a jump?
A few months ago, I received an email from the DNA folks, saying that the DNA test of a Mr. Clayton Burton was a good match to mine. In emails with Mr. Clayton Burton, I discovered that he had successfully traced his ancestry back to the previously mentioned Robert (Spencer) Burton. Knowing this, I went back and in the Genealogy Room in the Macon, GA Public Library, I found published books from Sussex Co, DE on Deeds, Wills, and Court Minutes. And that led me to Robert Burton Jr and then his eldest son William Burton, who I found deed evidence,that he was married to Elizabeth Watson, daughter of Isaac Watson and Elizabeth Purnall , of Sussex Co, DE.
Putting all of the facts together, I think I've done just about everything but dot the "i" in the Ohio State Buckeyes marching band. Have I convinced you yet?