I've just spent all night reviewing and adding a bit more to my own study, but all from information on the internet & census records - albeit not all that reliable.I can only find one Joseph Persinger in Boone County, MO in the early years - before 1860.That one is born between 1794-98, and he married 1832 at Boone Co.I don't think it likely he can be Andrew's son, unless Andrew had him as a young teenager - albeit possible, but seems more likely to be a brother of Andrew's unless you have something explaining otherwise.Most other researchers seem to place him as brother of Andrew; in other words, both sons of Jacob, the one we call Jacob Godfrey Persinger due to his alleged NON-Persinger ancestry but returned to the Persinger family in Virginia.Are you aware of any Joseph Persingers at Boone County who are born in the 1808-1840 date range that could be a son of Andrew.
The big problem as I see it is that it seems to me most of the information on the internet, at least regarding the early Persinger lines, is placed there without any source as to how claims were derived.I have nothing handed down about any Persinger lines except my own - that of Luke Persinger 1782-1871.I have been totally unable to make the jump to find Luke's grandparents, although many make a claim who they are, I think there is no grounds to support any theory of my Luke's grandparents.
My attempts to find how these other lineages were derived have usually been futile.Seems we're told to read this or that history written by someone over 80 years ago; but in those histories we see nothing to explain how the connections were made.There are a few scattered marriage records and a few wills & probates, but they refer to common given names that are not capable of being sorted out easily.Soooo many Jacobs, Johns, Catherines, Elizabeths and Mary's. As you suggest, a trip to Virginia might prove beneficial, but I can tell you there has been a lot of Persinger research done in Virginia and West Virginia, yet so much conflicting information, telling us that the materials are not all that conclusive.The Alleghany Historical Society has troves of Persinger records I'm told so, guess I'm not that optimistic a new researcher would come up with something not yet seen.I probably shouldn't be so pessimistic, so I'm hoping someone like yourself, who is not as burned out on it as I, can find what is needed to sort these pioneers out. - Allan Griffith - firstname.lastname@example.org