I have trying to dig up information on the Paddock line in Ireland and France.
Here are some interesting tid bits to help others.
There are some associations that can be made from the early colonies families back to Ireland. Irish-Scottish surnames. During much of the time that Robert is supposed to be in Ireland, Dublin is owned by England through battle. It goes back and fourth. Many wars.
Robert is a Blacksmith and Blacksmith of his time were considered higher up in a Middle class. They are well respected. There are indeed Guilds. Checking records in that area.
Other written info of older Padoc's in France - one "Bourgeeois de Cambria". This is a bit odd, since the spelling is off. (mis-spelled) "Bourgeois" older meaning in french means a freeman of a town, and it is derived from the word "Burgeis" meaning inhabitant. If in fact this information of the Paddock family is not part of something made up from fraud genealogist, then it means that Henri Padoc was considered a merchant class. There are some mixtures of classes showing with this term. Not of noble line, but of money from his education and occupation.
"Bourgeoisie" is another reference. "de" means "of" and "Cambria" is actually "CAMBRAI" The two vowels are reversed.
It is interesting to note here, that at the time Henri Padoc was suppose to be in Cambrai, the Roman Empire heavily ruled Cambrai. I also found a "Jennin" burned for witchcraft in 1460 in Cambrai.
Anyone else studying and researching Europe for the Paddock line? I have come across some information of other lines as well, and there are plenty of mishaps I see occuring.