Hi Lane, We share distant roots. My 3x GGrandfather was John Hodges Linam of Lawrence County, TN.He was born in 1787 in Union Co., SC, and lived 88 years (good genes). I know a few stories about him that I'm happy to share (see posts on the Linam msg board at this site), but I'm curious about all branches of his descendant tree. It seems to stretch all across the country, from SC to AL, TN, ARK, MS, KY, TX, NM, AZ, CA, ??.