I just got notification of Rebecca's response to my posting and looks like I missed notification of the other responses because this is the first I've seen.
I'm curious to know what you see in my pedigree that doesn't look right so I can correct any mistakes I made. Also, if you can tell me any personal stories or information that may have passed down in your family about any of my ancestors, I would really like to know. I didn't grow up in Kentucky and hardly remember the few visits in my childhood, so I'm sorry I never got to know the people. My grandpa died when I was 11, my mom when I was 16. My dad died last year, so it's too late to ask him whatever I didn't think to ask before.
Since you're also a descendant of Susannah Starnes, did your family ever say anything about her being Indian? I saw a pedigree on the internet stating she was Indian, but have never found or heard of any documentation to support that. Ancestors I've found for her all look German to me.
About the name changing after John and getting confusing....remember most people back in those days couldn't read or write and they wouldn't know if somebody spelled their name wrong or not. My last name is Keser now and I hardly EVER get anybody spelling it right, even after I spell it for them. I always get Kieser, Kesler, Kaiser or Kesser, the last being what it actually sounds like. I still get mail addressed to Deborah Thornsboro or Thornburg instead of Thornsbury, my maiden name. My dad's legal name was Thornsbury even though his dad's name was spelled Thornsberry. And when telemarketers call the house and call my husband Mr Thornsboro, he doesn't bother to correct them.