My response to your Thomas Isbell message was intended to be constructive, in that we have to be careful in how we think about the relationships of the colonial Isbell Virginia lines. Serious genealogical investigating and reasonable speculation can help to shed light on our ancestors if we can engage in reasonable speculation and debate.
Admittedly, I was in the same situation way back in the 1990s.I noticed that Benjamin Isbell and family lived relatively close to Thomas Isbell in Virginia. And both ended up in North Carolina.This begged the question as to how close they were as relatives.Were they cousins?Brothers?Did they have a recent common ancestor?When did they, or their ancestors, arrive in Virginia?It's sad that much Isbell family information, if it survived the Civil War, didn't survive some damned courthouse fire.
For me,one good lesson was listening to the Rev. Sherman Isbell and other veteran Isbell researchers.Sherman Isbell emphasizes concentrating on the verifiable documentation and stopping at the most distant family member whose paperwork stands up to scrutiny.In this way, we can be reasonably sure where we think our lines go, once the documentation gets fuzzy and/or confusing.
For me, as you can tell from my posts, family DNA testing has provided help in sorting out who belongs to a certain Isbell group. This doesn't necessarily mean that we have the definitive documentation to that suspected distant ancestor, but it does give us information on whom we are related to now and how far back our common ancestor may be.And, as I have stated, the various Isbell DNA groups claiming Virginia colonial ancestry are definitely cousins and related, but they are DISTANTLY related; the common ancestors resided in Europe, not Virginia.
I know I've rambled on and on. But my point is that you wrote something interesting and I responded. I walked away with a certain impression and, perhaps, looking back, it probably was wrong. But the fact that I responded created a small forum on a subject that many have pondered.And seen in this light, only good things can come from it.