Leslie--Are you still out there? I have been out of commission for several years, am now in TX, and revisiting Thomas and James Bright. In rereading our correspondence I think that I NEVER MENTIONED that Susan Bright (daughter of Thomas?) the mother-in-law of Irvine Johnson through daughter Elizabeth Ann Maggard, is reported as of a family from SOUTH CAROLINA!!!! (Actually, it never registered until now!)
If that is true, what a monkey wrench into our carefully constructed theories.
However, this is my paternal side. On my mother's side, I have several ancestors and their families who went from MD to SC to VA and then TN to MO during the same time frame.
Just had to get this out there while I try to sort it all out. . .Pat King