Thank you so much for your help, Lisa. Your ability to glean info has, I think distilled my problem down to its lowest and last question; that of who Joseph D. Philbricks father was.I agree with you that Betsy may not after all be his mother.I have two letters from her to J.D., written in 1`844 and 1845. The 1844 letter begins "Dear Son" and ends "This is from your mother."The second letter has no end salutation; both are signed "Betsy B. Remick." She she mentions "Jonathan" several times; he is either a brother or a step brother. I am going to develop a list of people mentioned in the letters and a diary and see if they help. Thanks!