Dear Ken, I just did get to read your October 2004 post.A few things happened on my way back to my computer!Anyway, in regards to James Durnell, you have noted a James on a tax list in 1793 with a wife Phoebe.The James Durnell I am seeking was born March 9, 1802 in VA. I'm not sure where this James fits in to the line I'm researching.My line to Illinois came from James' daughter Rachel Ann who married James McCan.Also, I do know that James McCan first married an older sister of Rachel.That wife (first name unknown died in childbirth). Do you have more information on the James Durell you wrote of? And, do you have more info on the Durnells who moved to Illinois? Sue Alexander, wife of William A.