I just received your message from Ancestry that was dated May 14, 2000. They are a little slow on their message boards, I think. It must be the new message boards.
I have also seen your posting on the Sessions board at RootsWeb. I think you have a valid question about the Sessions. I am not sure it is an answerable one.
First, my George Sessions indicated he was from South Carolina on the 1850 census. Another one of his ancestors had said that George was from Ireland. Everything that I have found indicates that George was from the North/South Carolina border.
There is a book called "Materials for a History of the Sessions Family in America" that was written in 1891. I have studied certain parts of the book because I was trying to find that Ireland connection. Well, there isn't one. I don't know how they came up with that. We do have some people who came from Northern Ireland from the other side--like some of the people of Washington County, Georgia.
The book has some great clues that you have to piece together but they are there. You can either copy parts of it at the LDS center on microfilm or purchase it. It is still in print.
George left South Carolina; went to Washington County, Georgia for a number of years--I suspect with his father; immigrated to Florida. By 1829 George was in Florida with his wife and a small band of people who were probably related--I know some were. In my desire to find out exactly when George arrived in Florida, I found at least one Sessions in Florida by 1820. He was named William. I have no earthly idea of where William went but he did not stay.in Florida.
I believe that my George Sessions was more than likely the son of Joseph Sessions. Joseph is the right age to be George's father. I can't find anyone else in the county who is the right age. Joseph was a soldier in the North Carolina Continental line which would have placed him on that North/South Carolina border.
There are two Sessions groups in Georgia in 1820--one in Washington County, Georgia; the other, in Morgan County, Georgia. The Morgan County group is related to John Sessions another Revolutionary War soldier. I just wonder if Joseph and John are brothers. John is from South Carolina but since that group went onto Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama, I don't think your family will be from that group. I believe that if find your family, it will more than likely be from Washington County, Georgia. I would look in Morgan County as well; some could have stayed behind.
By the way, the names in my family as well as the names in Georgia would indicate to me that some of the family may have gone back to South Carolina because of the names I have seen on later South Carolina censuses.
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