Source Document: Tom Spencer's excellent document "Notes of pre-1800 Templeton's in Southern Virginia". Tom who I believe is a Pittsylvania Co, VA descendant tracked Templetons from Hanover/Henrico Co's in tidewater VA to Pittsylvania Co. via the "Upper Road"--roughly present day US 360.
7/5/1768 John Templeton witnessed the will of Francis Mann that was recorded in Charlotte Co. (Will Book 1, p 13). Robert Templeton is mentioned in this will as owning the land adjoining that willed to Francis' son Jesse.
A Robert Templeton first surfaced 5/18/1763 when he purchased from Robt Adams of Halifax Co. all that tract of land in Lunenburg (present day Charlotte) Co. on the branches of Louse Creek containing about 155 acres.
1770- John Templeton is on a Pittsylvania list of tithes (p. 36). He was not on a 1764 list of tithes for Cornwall Parish of Lunenburg (present day Charlotte)Co which meant he became 16 yrs of age >1764 (born >1748) OR he may have migrated from elsewhere. Since Tom Spencer could find no Johns along the common migration routes from tidewater VA, I would guess that if he was indeed a recent migrant as opposed to a son of Robert, his probable migration route would have been down the valley road (I81/rte 220) or down US rte 29.
9/10/1771 - John Templeton granted 340 acres on draw of Buffalo Creek, Pittsylvania Co.
12/10/1771 - John is shown on a map of landowners with 300 acres on draw of Buffalo Creek
10/21/72 - John Templeton witnessed will of Nicholas Gillentine of Halifax Co. This will disannulled a will made the year before in Amelia Co, VA (Will Book 1, p 71)
12/4/1774 - John transfers land on Buffalo Creek to William Land
8/9/1776 - John Templeton witnessed will of Samuel Gilbert, Sr. of Bedford Co, VA along with a John Welch. This John Welch married Samuel's daughter Mary. Mary & her kids later end up in the Rocky Creek area of northern Iredell Co near the John Templeton (1755-1822), Robert Templeton(c 1760-<1860) & Thomas Templeton(c1765-c1810)--Thos was my 3g grandfather. Mary's kids show up as witnesses on several land transactions invoving John, Robert & Thos. Isham Welch was bondsman for Thos' marriage to Mary Wigfield.
8/21/1777 - John Templeton of Bedford Co purchased from William London of Halifax Co. about 176 acres on the branches of Runaway Creek.
9/10/1777 - John Templeton made survey for 100 acres on Buffalo Creek
4/17/1780 - John Templeton land listed as bounding that of Meredith Cumpton who is selling his 200 acres near the Banister River in Halifax Co. (Deed Book 12, p 9)
No more Johns show up in pre 1800 southern VA ; i.e. Bedford/Halifax/Charlotte/Pittsylvania Co's. The properties mentioned above on Straitstone Creek, Buffalo Creek, Runaway Creek, Louse Creek & Bannister River all lie witin a 10 mile radius of one another
3/11/1788 - John Templeton (1755-1822) first surfaces in the Rocky Creek area of Iredell Co.
I'm convinced that paper trails are not going to answer the John Templeton/ Nancy Hawkins questions (unless records surface from early Botetourt Co, VAwhere a Benjamin Hawkins, James Templeton & numerous Crocketts lived in close proximity.
Hopefully the data base of Templeton DNA test results will grow to the point where we can define various Templeton lineages & the migration routes they followed from northern England to Scotland and/or Ireland & then to the colonies & beyond.
To the selfless individuals like Ron, Tom Spencer & many others, keep up the good work.