Since the date of this post, much information has come forward concerning Thomas Channell and Elizabeth Montgomery that calls into question the common thought held by many Channell family researchers that they are the mother and father of John Channell.I have posted my research and information in a previous message for the benefit of fellow Channell family researchers. John Channell may well have been one of the first settlers of what is now Licking County, Ohio -- then Washington County of the Northwest Territory.There is significant evidence that in 1799, Channell was "squatting" on land that was owned by John McIntire.This same land is now where the town of Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio sits. There is a gap in the where-abouts of Channell from 1799 to about 1803 when he purchases land in Randolph County, Ohio. Did he pack up the family and return to Virginia? Some family information out there shows Channell in Virginia, some does not account for him at all. One way or another, it is hard to tell with the lack of adequate documentation to support Channell's movements for the years 1799 to 1803. The original poster supplied much family information as well.There is a significant error in the information posted in that the family of Samuel Channell who married Sarah Elizabeth Hornbeck is duplicated within the family lines of Jeremiah AND Joseph Channell of the original three brothers Channell.As this is my direct line, I can speak with a bit of authority that the family information supplied in this post should be further researched before being included in one's database. Unfortunately, with the loss of most of the early Licking County, Ohio records, this proves to be easier said then done. I have extensively studied John Channell and have come to the realization that there is more "myth" and "legend" to he and his brothers than there are solid "facts". Unfortunately, the "myths" and "legends" are so ingrained in the Channell Family research community that we may well never get an accurate lineage for the brothers lines.