Thomas Maxwell of SW Virginia married Rebecca (/Rebecka) ??? about 1778 somewhere in SW Virginia.They had two daughters, Mary and Sarah, and after Thomas was killed by Indians in the rescue attempt of the Ingles family in 1782, Rebecca married secondly - about 1786 - to John Hays.The newly married couple then moved to Wilson Co., TN, by 1793.Sarah Maxwell, daughter of Thomas and Rebecca (???) Maxwell, married Newitt Drew.
Rebecca (???) Maxwell-Hays named her first son (by John Hays) HARMAN A. Hays.Sarah (Maxwell) Drew named a son HARMON Adkins Drew.Her daughter Jane Hays Drew named a son HARMON F. Geren.And one will find the name "Harman/Harmon" popping up in different branches of Sarah (Maxwell) Drew's descendants for several generations.So the name Harman, or Harmon, must have been pretty significant.
Taking that information as a clue, I've been researching the Harman family from SW Virginia that interacted frequently with Thomas Maxwell and family - in an attempt to prove or disprove that Rebecca was, in fact, a Harman.
I have neither proved nor disproved the theory, but personally I am more convinced than ever that Rebecca was a Harman.Everything I've found to back-up this theory is contained in a 68-page research paper in PDF format that I'm hereby offering to anyone who wants it to delve into the issue.Merely send me a personal email to have me reply to you with an attached copy.
There are two pre-conditions, however. (1) I'd like anyone who requests this paper to give me a critical opinion on the theory, i.e., was Rebecca likely to have been a Harman, or am I kidding myself?Objective honesty is sincerely wanted. (2) Please demonstrate that you are indeed interested in this subject by trying to do further research on the subject (and merely sitting at your computer's keyboard does not count as research); primary record research is what is needed.I'd be genuinely interested to know if anyone, using a different filter, and different research assets, can disprove or refute the theory; I'd be even more delighted if anyone can find something else with which to support it.
I'm hoping there is more than one of us who is interested in the truth of who Rebecca might have been.