Lynn, whoa...who are you preaching to here? I never once have quoted that Thomas came here from Ireland. I do not have that listed in my family tree on ancestry. I have him listed there as being from NC. I told you where my family belief came from legend and word of mouth from generation to generation. My quote a few messaages back stated that Joshua Asbury, my GGGrandfather, boasted of his grandfather being Irish. I made it perfectly clear that nothing of the sort could or had been proven as such. But, my personal belief is that either Thomas or the generation prior to Thomas did come here from Ireland.
What line did you descend from Thomas? I believe that one obvious reason that so many descendents in the Parker County area can readily accept the Irish theory has to do with the reoccuring presense of the red hair and complexion.
Did you ever attend the annual Goshen activities, at the Goshen cemetery in Parker County? My mother, whose maiden name was Culwell, is still living. She attended from early childhood, as I did also until they were discontinued. We still all live on Culwell land that has been in this family for many many years. The clan of Culwells that attended the grave decorating events annually at Goshen were not only descendents of Joshua, but of Hezekiah and Thomas also. Mother still vows that everyone whom participated at Goshen spoke of being Irish. Now....once again, with that said...I in no way am indicating that Thomas came here from Ireland. As young children, we thought Goshen was a holiday that all families attended (Easter, Xmas, etc.) It was festive and fun and there was food and fellowship that was shared freely. There were prayers and music and many voices that sang solos were magnificient. I have very fond memories of that time and that large gathering of family members, many of which, you hardly knew. I hated the trip around the cemetery, when Granny would drag me along in the heat showing me my ancesters graves with explanations of who they were and what had happened to them in her hushed voice, but the rest of the experience was awesome. The red hair of the premises was plentiful also. So, I think I also have the right to persue if I so chose, to believe in what those before me have handed down, until someone proves otherwise to me. But, in no way is there any proof or documentation that I can find to substantiate, the Irish background. But, neither is there any proof or documentation to prove otherwise! It is up to each person reasearching their genealogy to substatiate and source their own tree and not assume others work.