Elaine:The clues that I have supporting my (new) belief that William Adcock who was in Randolph County (not necessarily the boundaries of Randolph Co. today)in 1800 age 45+, was the son of Bolling (Bollen, Bolling, Bolen) Adcock of Granville Co. are as follows:
You indicated you had come to the conclusion that William Adcock was the father of the three Adcock men in the late 1700's and 1800's who changed their name to Dorsett from whom your husband descends is noted, and I certainly believe you are right.
Your husband and my Adcock brother Matched DNA and you said at the time it was a little closer than if they had descended from "old John" and his brother "Toby." For clarity, Bolling Adcock was the second son of "old John" Adcock, Leonard being the oldest son. Both Bolling and Leonard were paying taxes by the 1750's.
I had never found William Adcock, the oldest son of Bolling Adcock who would have been born in the 1750's, as he was the oldest son of Bolling Adcock and named for his maternal grandfather, William Smallwood. Several of Bolling's descendants and I had just assumed the William Adcock in southern Granville Co. was that William. However, we now know that that William Adcock was the grandson of Bolling Adcock, as he was born around 1793, and he is listed in a court case as being 8 years old in 1801.He married Polly (Mary) Chadwick in 1813, had many children, and lived all his life in southern Granville Co.
The elder William's brothers were Henderson and Jesse. Jesse married the first time in 1788 and the second time in 1799.
I have been helping a May descendant of Bolling the grandson, for several years now who is in the Armed Services and attempting to help another decendant named Jill.Bolling's grandson named Bolling died and left a widow Nancy and four daughters, Nancy, Elizabeth, Dorothea (Direthia) and Zyphia. Nancy the daughter married Henry Kearney in 1844 and later Henry sold her mother 15 acres of land for which he himself paid the $50 for Nancy and her four children "in order that she can care for them." Mr. May descends from Ziphia (Zilpha, Delphy). Some of the May family and descendants were in southern Granville Co., Franklin Co., Fort Creek, Brassfield township and back in Franklin Co. by 1880. William May named all of his children in his will in 1826 and left his daughter Delilah Goldsberry furniture and stock. His two sons lived next to Jesse Adcock (William and Henderson's brother and sons of the first Bolling Adcock in one of the earlier censuses.
Then, several years ago, Jill wrote me about Ben May in Davidson and Randolpha Counties (from Franklin Co.). A Sheba Andrews widow of Enoch Andrews had a baby girl in 1827 in Randolph Co., and since she refused to name the father, Benjamin May and James Dorsett (Adcock) neighbors were bondsmen for her to keep the child from becoming a ward of the court. In the 1850 census they were living next to Ben May's aunt, Delilah Goldsberry.
I realize this sounds a little "far fetched," but certainly with a few more clues than we have had. There is one more possible connection. A Bolling Adcock descendant several years ago asked me if I knew who the William Adcock (much older than my William born in 1781 and the son of Edward)was who married a Paschall in the late 1700's.I have never found that marriage record.When Delphy (Ziphia) Ann Adcock married Francis Allen in 1847 a William Paschall was the bondsman.I wish I could find the marriage record of theWilliam Adcock and the Paschall wife, as that very well may be the William in Randolph Co. in the 1790 census.
If the William in Randolph in 1790 is William,the oldest son of Bolling Adcock, and is the father of the three Adcock sons who later changed their name to Dorsett, perhaps it is because his wife died and the youngest son was raised by the Dorsetts.This certainly would account for the generations back from which the DNA matched. We know they were kin because of the DNA, and this is the only William Adcock we have'nt been able to locate. There were no receipts that I could find in Bolling's estate settlement, as it was a non-cupative will.It might be worth going to the Archives again.However, Bolling left it to Jesse as the other two were already settled and he said "if he sells it," he was to divide it between "his two brothers." Betty