I'm only interested in the book - Carolina Scots - because it shows the Highland Scots families that first came to NC and gives some details on those families for some 100 years or more. I have beat the Isaac MARTIN line to death for over 20 years - going over the same ground over and over again. I need to break out of this circular backward searching cunnundrum we are all trapped in and look for some tidbit that can run forward.
I know from DNA testing that my Martin line was in England and before that Scotland for a good long while going back to the Dark Ages, and before that probably Ireland. I know back in dim antiquity thosands of years ago they were Scythians who came off what is now the Russian Steppes, Georgia region, but that does not help me find a lead on my Martin line which goes to 1818 and no farther, and just stands alone with no DNA matches.
I would do mtDNA if I could but my line breaks with my grandmother's father, my great grandfather, who was a male of the Martin line. My grandmoher's mother was an entirely different line - and I have not been able to find a girl or woman of straight Martin descent to do the test either. Having the line proved to date I don't believe there is one living and I'm certainly not going to ask anyone to dig my geat grand Aunt up.
I found an Isaac MARTIN in Halifax, VA about the right time but haven't a clue to pin on him. Found a Mathais "Matt" WRIGHT who had a relative, maybe nephew, Willis WRIGHT, and listed a woman Tabatha, and boy Charles, in an estate for a court assigned executorship but nothing to go on there.
The only thing I have to go on is in the bio where Charles D. states he was born in "the Old State" which would be North Carolina - or maybe Tennessee - depending on whether he or his parents were of the many people who clung to the old colonies or states when referring to their birthplace. Some folks back then just went by what they knew - not the rapidly changing county and state lines, and NC and TN had that stateline dispute going for years.