I know but I can't help myself this morning from sticking my nose in other people's research. I'd suggest DNA testing...a direct male descendant from your line and someone from that famous John Dawson's family to see if they match. Our last name is Adams and though I'm not working on my husband's line, I did have him tested because my boys wanted to know if they were related to John Q. Adams or Samuel Adams (beer fame). They are not. :( They don't have a single drop of blood from any New England Adams, only from a NC one so far. There just happens to be a sale on DNA testing for 5 more days. Check my other Dawson forum post. :) DNA can prove things where the paper trails cannot. Hope you find your answer soon! That's a lot of years research to start wondering about after you have proven so much.