There are many unanswered questions regarding the origin and life of Theophilus Norwood (b. ~1700), ancestor of a large progeny whose American roots appear to trace back to Virginia through North and South Carolina. Perhaps the most thorough summary of research now available was produced by William Cecil Bauer in a series of monographs.Mr. Bauer, retired president of South Central Bell, spent a great deal of time and other resources during his later years in researching what he termed, "The South Carolina Norwood Tradition."He passed away in Mississippi in 2007.
In much of this work, Bauer attempted to provide evidence supporting the common family verbal tradition which links the "Theophilus line" to the Gloucestershire Norwoods through William (Imm.) who came to the Virginia colony in the mid-17th C. The culmination of Bauer's thesis was his Volume 6, completed in 1996. A copy of this document is available in .pdf format at http://www.nwi.net/~enorwood/SouthCarolinaTraditionVolume6.pdfhttp://www.nwi.net/~enorwood/SouthCarolinaTraditionVolume6.pdf.
Mr. Bauer also wrote a Volume 7 (1997) which develops the theory that Theophilus might have immigrated from Ireland.This notion was based upon a church record showing that a "Theophilus Norewood" was christened in Clones, County Monaghan, Ireland in 1698.Unfortunately there is little or no evidence that this individual ever came to the Americn colonies.Also, the circumstantial link of "implied proof" which Bauer uses to develop this theory (which is largely attributed to my great-grandfather, Richard Smith Norwood) is highly suspect for several reasons, in my opinion.Bauer's "Irish" Volume 7 is also available at http://www.nwi.net/~enorwood/IrishConnectionVolume7.pdhttp://www.nwi.net/~enorwood/IrishConnectionVolume7.pd
Bauer is thorough and aggresive in presenting both facts and conclusions.Although not entirely conclusive, these documents provide the most complete summary of proofs currently available regarding Theophilus Norwood.