Herndon Compton is my Great-Great-Great-Grandpa. I've been searching for Herndon's roots along with another cousin for eight years and have come to the conclusion that Herndon is a grandson of James Compton and Frances Herndon, that he was born in Guilford Co., NC in 1820 and that he came to Russell Co., VA at an early age and lived there until he moved to the Sandy Valley (Lawrence Co., KY/Wayne Co., VA/WV in 1847 or '48. I believe Herndon was the son of one of James' younger daughters Mary, Nancy or Clara. One or more of them had children out of wedlock while living in James' household, first in Guilford County, NC and later in Russell Co., VA. Herndon may have had a younger brother and two younger sisters (or they may have been first cousins) who also lived in James' houshold. James moved his family to Russell Co. between 1820 and 1828 and is listed in the 1830 census there. James family is the only Compton family to come to Russell County after Herndon's birthdate of 1820. The other Comptons came years earlier. This is consistent with later census records where Herndon says he was from North Carolina and his children usually saying he was from Virginia.