Now you have really have me screwed up. If you George Preston was married in Knox Co, then I will almost guarentee he is related to my Smith's.
He is what I have:
Robert Smith b. abt 1765, in PA, marries a Mary ?, is living in TN by the late 1780's. Has 6 children, Sarah, Catherine, Elizabeth, George b. 1791, Adam b. 1796, and John R.b. 1799.
Sarah m. David Bowman, from Washington Co., TN
Catherine m. Benjamin Manley, m. in Knox , but moves to KY.
Elizabeth m. Joshua Cole, in Knox, moves to KY.
George m. Elizabeth stays in Knox Co.
Adam m. Jane Smith, stays in Knox Co until sometime between 1850 and 1860, moves to Marion Co.
John R. stays in Knox.
Do you have any names such as Adam, John, or the girls names in your line?
Adam and Jane's 1st son was named Archie Preston. I can not find him after 1840. 2nd son George Fraker, 3rd son Elbert Sevier (my g-grandfather). I can not find any other Archie's, except my grandfather, Samuel Archie. The 4th son was named Robert Alexander, named after each grandfather. R. A. moved to TX after the CW, has several descendants named Preston. Adam and Jane's youngest son was Wyatt Addison. I can not find where those names came from either. Wyatt was killed in CW at Battle of Franklin near Nashville.
Adam and Jane's daughters were:
Mary Jane, named for Adam's mother Mary and possibly his grandmother who was a Jane ?
Melinda Emerline/Emerine. Do not know where those names came from. Possibly from Jane's side, but her mother was Catherine Lowen.
Martha Catherine, Do not know where Martha can from, but Catherine was Jane's mother's name.
A couple of other notes, just to make it more interesting.
I have posted Robert's will at <www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/tn/knox/knoxwill.htm>
It makes note of a farm Robert purchased which is refered to as the Widow Bowen's place!. There is your Bowen name. I have not been able to learn much about it though. Next time I am in Knoxville, I will look up the deed to it.
The will next to Robert's, listed as John B. Smith could possibly be the father of Robert, but I am not sure because of the names Robert chose for his sons. The "B" in John B. is a mistake. I do not know how it got there. Just ignore it.