Thanks, Margie. I am firstname.lastname@example.org. Family stories say that John Marion Dean's father was John, also. No proof. There is a letter that says they lived in Al. He was in La. 1858 when he married. In Van Zandt Tx 1880 Census says his parents were born in SC. Don't know how long he stayed in Ga. after he was born in 1831. Some say he had a brother named James. I figure the best lead is that he named his first son William Henry and his second John. Should be Grandfather then father. Of course there are exceptions to every rule. Thanks for any help. Be on the look out for a Marion Family that married a Dean.