Proving Descent from Henry Gaines/Isabella Pendleton
I have been studying my family history since childhood. I had, in earlier times, just copied down what I read on someone else's site. I obtained no documentation or source material for any of it. My question is now, how do you find the "right" documentation to prove your descent from this couple.
In the late 1980's I had just discovered I was a Gaines family descendant. It was during my research in the Sherrill, Hedges, Botts lines, that I discovered my ancestor, Benjamin W. Sherrill, was the son of Mildred "Milly" (Botts) Sherrill. Milly's mother was Lucy (Gaines) Botts, daughter of Henry Gaines and wife, Isabella Pendleton.
In proving descent from this family, I connect in that tree to Presidents James Madison and Zachary Taylor, not to mention other Gaines and Botts family members of historic distinction.
Consequently, I need some good researcher's help.
Thanks in advance, Anthony Lewis