I have been investigating Pittsylvania Co. VA Templetons as the probable "Cradle" of Templetons in the Rocky Creek area of Iredell Co, NC.
To date I have found links between all 3 families in Bedford Co, VA in 1776. Shortly thereafter the Templetons & Welch's disappear from Bedford Co. when (1) Templetons appear in Pittsylvania co in late 1770's/early 1780's, (2) a Bedford Co. Welch marries d/o Samuel Gilbert& his wife & kids end up in Iredell Co, NC in the late 178o's along with a John, Robert & Thomas Templeton who coincidentally disappear from Pittsylvania Co. records. The Welch kids end up on several Templeton land transactions & as a bondsman for Thos' marriage to Mary Wigfield in 1792.
While browsing Jay Norwalk's Genealogy of John/Martha Templeton, I found a Wm. Gilbert Templeton, s/o James T. & Dicey Burton & gs/o John/Martha. Im hoping one of Wm. Gilbert's descendants might know if he may have been named after the Samuel Gilbert of Bedford Co. If so, this would give me one more link between the Pittsylvania & Rocky Creek Templetons & maybe changing my theory from POSSIBLE to PROBABLE.
One other coincidence--I have been working with a Pittsylvania Co. Templeton descendant who has an Obediah as one of his ancestors. The only other Obediah I've run into is John/Martha's son.