I'm still trying to fill in the blanks of the first few generations after the Couey brothers came to SC. One of the things that has me puzzled is the differing accounts of the lineage from Samuel to Leroy H. Mr. Earl Couey was certain that Samuel had a son John who himself had a son John who, in turn, was father to LeRoy H. Couey. This would make Samuel g-g-father to LeRoy, not g-father. Yet the records I find at rootsweb.ancestry.com only identify one John between Samuel and LeRoy H., but the age gaps seem extreme, especially considering the period.
If John Couey, husband to Elizabeth (Gay), was both son to Samuel and father to Henry L, Samuel would have been ~53 at the time of John's birth, and John and Elizabeth would have been ~42 at the time of LeRoy's birth. I know it's not impossible but it would be very unusual in this era to have children so late in life. It's very out of step with other Coueys from the period and that it should have happened in two successive generations seems even less likely.
Can anyone clarify this?
And I also find some inconsistencies regarding the identity of this LeRoy H. Couey. I know he was father to my g-g-father, Joseph T. Couey (b. 1860, Laurens Co. Ga.), but there's some confusion about his real name. One reference gives his name as LeRoy H., b.1827, but I find references to a Henry L., a Henry Livingston, a Henry Levi, a Henry Leroy and a LeRoy Henry all reportedly sons to John and all reportedly born in 1827. Henry L., Henry Livingston and Henry Levi even share the same birthday, 24 May. Unless there was a Couey population explosion in that year, I'm inclined to believe these are all variation on the name of the same man.
Does anyone know the particulars on Henry L. or LeRoy H., b. 1827 and father to Joseph T.?
Thanks to all!