So I did a little logic puzzle.I looked at Andrew Gamble in 1820 and then in 1830.In 1820 he was single.In 1830 he had a wife and eight children, six of whom were at least ten years old, three of whom were at least fifteen.Obviously he had stepchildren.This confirmed for me the tradition that Bethiah Gamble was the Widow Cousar, and John B and Richard H were her sons.
I wrote down all the Cousar households in 1820 and starred all of those containing at least 2 young boys.I narrowed it down to John and James Cousar.John's wife was too young to be Bethia Hood.James, however, had a middle-aged wife, three sons, and two daughters.(Tradition has it that Bethiah Hood married James D. Cousar before Andrew Gamble.There's a John E. Cousar buried in Waxhaw who lived 42 years.It could be that tradition gives us the wrong middle initial.It could be that James D. and James E. are different people.)
Whether Bethiah's the daughter of Allen Hood, I can't say.But I found three young men and one young woman living together under head-of-family John Cousar in 1810, next to the elderly Allen Hood.There's an Allen H. Cousar buried in Waxhaw, and tradition says Allen Cousar was a son of Bethiah and James Cousar.Could have been named after a good neighbor.
I don't know who James's father was.I'll do another logic puzzle for that.