Please do not continue this thread off line! There are others very interested (namely ME!) When talking about Richard Iiames, you can not down play the folk lore of Bedford County Pa. which has a Richard Iames as one of the earliest pioneers to Spurgeon's Choice where the Iiams (Iiames, Iames, now Iams) are still living today. I also have been looking closely at "Burgess Choice" and once found a connection from Burgess Choice to Spurgeon's Choice. The only reason people felt Richard (son of William Jr.) died in 1739 was because he was alive in 1738 as per his father's will. A big problem with Spurgeon's choice land is that it wasdisputed between Pa and Virginia. The Mason/Dixon line ended that in 1763. The Virginia records for the area (Monongalia County) burned in a court house fire in the 1790's.