Research is very gratifying when you make progress, and we learn so much about ourselves and history in the process.
John Jackson, father of Simeon who died in Russell Co, VA 1822 is the oldest known ancestor in this family. Simeon's wife Martha's maiden name is unproven contrary to much published on the internet and in books. Look for an article in a major publication about this soon.
Martin Gibson is the oldest proven ancestor in this line. He was born circa 1776 in Orange Co, NC. He was orphaned and bound to James Carrington, along with sister Dicey. Sister Susannah chose James as her guardian. James is thought to have been married to Margery Gibson. DNA testing on this line has not yet helped us determine who his father is.
Buchanan Co, VA Families:
In 1999 I wrote 1860 Buchanan County, Virginia Federal Census with Annotations. The volume can be purchased from New Papyrus Publishing Company.
My mother is related to 78% of the families in that census.
Mostly from Patrick, Floyd, Franklin Counties of Virginia.