Thanks for the additional info, Kevin. I am placing the genforum add in my archived mail and will certainly notify you if I learn more. An aunt was doing our family search until her death some 5 years ago. James was the earliest confirmed Oakley on our tree and now I have taken up an interest and will see if I can take it back further.With James as generation 1, I am gen 7, lifetime resident of Memphis. William was gen 2, Jesse Alexander gen 3.