Thank you for the very helpful and timely information.The only dispute I have is that Joshua Carmen Albin's first offspring was Harrison Wiley Albin, born 3-16-1817 in Gallatin Cty, Illinois Territory. I think we all have documentation of his middle name, birthdate, location, etc.
Joshua Carmen and James Albin appear in Southern Illinois territory in the 1820 census. (Recruited from Kentucky to fight in the Mohawk wars by Benjamin Harrison? Given land grants by Harrison, the Territorial governor?I haven't been able to find records, this is supposition based upon time of arrival and name of firstborn, Harrison, since, as has been stated by others, naming firstborn son for paternal grandfather is an Albin tradition.)
Joshua Carmen and family appear in Natchez, MS, in 1830 census, and in central MS in 1840 census.Harrison W. also appears, on his own farm, in central MS in 1840 census.
Harrison W. Albin's obituary in the Comanche, TX, newspaper states that he was born in Illinois, came down the Mississippi River on a raft with his family, and moved to Texas in 1854.He settled in rural southern Comanche County when it was still part of Coryell County, and wore out two wives and several farms.He helped establish a Methodist Church in the area and donated the land for the Albin Cemetery there.A record from the Bell County,TX, library states that a bear was treed in the area, and "Mr. Albin went home to get his young son Ike who shot the first bear killed in Coryell County."
Ike, the Texas bear killer, was the nephew of, and was named for your g g grandfather.
Harrison and Eliza Williams Albin had about thirteen children, born in Mississippi and in Texas.After she died, he married Margaret Osborne, apparently a widow, and Harrison W., Eliza, Margaret, and several of his children, including my g grandfather, John F. Albin, are buried in the Albin Cemetery in Comanche County, TX.I visit the cemetery frequently when travelling through there.
I can send references for these documents if anyone needs them.