Thank you so very much for your prompt and informative reply!
I'm descended from John L. Doss, called Captain Jack, and known as the greatest of the great Tennessee River steamboat masters. His business was based in Knoxville, but he lived in Roane County, his wife's home.
It's reported his father died when he was young; his mother remarried, and not liking it, he left home at an early age. Although he's quite famous, nothing is known of his early life, and his parents, and any siblings he may have had, have never been identified. I hoped he might prove to be the son of the John Dosset/Dauset/Doss who married Elizabeth Courtney. It seemed a good possibility as three of the Courtneys were involved in steamboating, and one of them lived with, or stayed with, Captain Jack in1860. Of course, Captain Jack Doss can't be the son of John Doss and Elizabeth Courtney if Dosset is the correct surname (All three spellings are given in the marriage bond). Do you know for a fact that Elizabeth Courtney married John Dosset? Are his later whereabouts and the names of his decendents known? I've been tracing the Dossets, trying to determine that.
The Ilea Dosset who married in Roane County married Polly HOLLAND, not Hudson as you stated in your reply. However, other Dosset descendents have identified Ilea's wife as Polly Holland. (Besides which, with a name as unusual as Ilea, if they're not the same man, they're almost certainly related!)
As an aside, do you know why Dosset was spelled in the same document as Dauset and Doss? I know spelling was phonetic then, but the three different spellings suggest it may have been pronounced in a way, perhaps accented in a way, that made it hard to spell. I've heard it suggested the name may have been French. Is that likely?
Again, thank you! I'm looking forward to hearing from you again. Since many people are anxious to connect Captain Jack to his parents, a number have assummed John Dosset/Dauset/Doss was certainly the John Doss who appeared soon after in Roane County records. If he wasn't, I know there are as many Doss descendents as Dosset descendents who would like to keep these people from adding a stranger to your family tree.