Thanks for the input.My current belief is that Ila Dossett was not native to Roane Co., TN.Many of Ila and Polly Hudson's children went to Hardin Co., IL.There is an orphaned girl there who was taken into the home of one of the Dossett children.Speculation is that the girl was the daughter of William who is the eldest son of Ila and Polly.If William and his wife died prematurely then it's logical to assume that their daughter would have been adopted by an aunt and uncle living nearby.
Here's the kicker: the girl was named Drucilla.Now one does not find a girl named Drucilla under every rock and bush of a metropolis like Cave-in-Rock, Illinois so the name had to come from somewhere.Most probably it came from Mary Drucilla Forrester who married William A. Dossett in North Carolia.Adding fuel to this fire is the name of a second adopted child, Mary.This gives rise to some educated speculation that Ila was the son of William and Mary Drucilla and that the adopted girls were named after their great grandmother.
It is reasonably well known that the Dossetts who populated Cambell Co., TN came from NC.So why would one of that bunch veer off to Roane Co., get married and then settle in Lincoln Co?Again, more speculation is that Ila and John Dossett met up with the Hudsons in Kentucky since we know that both groups stopped there before continuing on to Tennessee.It could be that Ila and John met some young Hundson women and then followed the Hudsons to Roane since young men are known to follow young women for some yet unexplained reason.
This entire theory is built on cloud castles, but seems to hold logical water.
I will send my research paper on the Dossetts to you directly.Notes therein will expand on the information provided in this message.Perhaps you'll find a clue that will help you there.