I accidentally zapped your last message, but I think I can remember the main points.
Your Drake theory is fascinating. I do wonder, though, why Nathaniel would wait so long to marry Delilah if he were the biological father. But if you have evidence that Nathaniel Drake’s wife was Delilah, that’s strong evidence that he did marry Delilah Floyd.
There is another mystery here to me. Why would Penuel Floyd be “bound over”?I don’t think it had anything to do with the circumstances of his birth. If it had, he would have been bound over much sooner, I would think. Is it possible that Delilah died, leaving Penuel an orphan? The record, however, does not seem to mention “orphan.” Was she perhaps disabled and unable to care for Penuel? On the other hand, was it indentured servitude? If so, was Delilah benefiting from it? This reminds me of a similar case in my line. The son of an unmarried woman lived with my great-grandfather until he was 15 or so and then became a “mechanic” on a farm not far away. There is another case, in my Yancy ancestry, in which the unmarried mother of a child did, in fact, marry the biological father after the fact. I don’t have proof of this but a fellow researcher says she has.
As I mentioned in a previous message, one of Francis Floyd’s children was Delilah. She certainly would be a prime candidate to be your Delilah Floid, mother of Penuel Floyd.
Both Francis Floyd and Thomas Floyd previously lived in Isle of Wight County, Va. Each owned 150 acres in the same vicinity and each sold his property to Joseph Atkinson. I believe that land to be their inheritance from mother Joanna Goodson Floyd Lowery. She married Matthew Lowery after the death of her first husband, who one researcher maintains was also named Francis Floyd. Both Francis Floyd and Thomas Floyd ended up in Edgecombe County, N.C., Thomas about 1741 and Francis about 1755. I believe the two Edgecombe Floyds were brothers but I do not have proof of that. I do have proof that two of the sons of Joanna Goodson Floyd Lowery were Francis Floyd and Thomas Floyd and they all lived in Isle of Wight.
If all of this were true, then Francis Floyd would be the grandfather of Penuel Floyd.
My Floyds, namely Federick and Mourning Floyd, left Nash County, N.C., about 1810 and eventually showed up in an area that is now Bleckley County, Ga. Mourning was the daughter of John Bass and granddaughter of Abraham Bass. (I suspect Federick was previously married, that his first wife died and that he married a very young Mouning Bass.) The area where they lived was first in Wilkinson County and then in Pulaski County. They are unaccounted for for a number of years, namely between about 1808 to 1818. I do not know whether they moved directly to what was then Wilkinson County or if they sojourned elsewhere. I once suspected that they lived for a while in Elbert County, Ga., or one of the nearby counties but could never find anything on it. I have no record on whether Federick participated in the first land lottery in Georgia. He did participate in a latter land lottery and drew property in Early County. I do not know how that property was disposed of. He owned land in Pulaski County in 1818, but I have no deed to show that, only tax records.