Many thanks, Bobby. Have you any idea who William Hannon Sr.'s wife was? One report was she and John Earle's wife were Princes, sisters. But can find no record. Were this true it would explain the Earles' readiness to adopt the Hannon children; Edwin and William would then have married their adoptive sisters/first cousins. Not rare in that time, particularly when large tracts of land were involved. Any data? Incidentally, Lib Michaels, our cousin (also descended from Edwin) in Morganton, N.C. is adding to her excellent Hannon Family book, new edition due soon.