Cool. As far as the name thing, perhaps a matter of linguistics? Like french-Capets cadet house was Capulet, Scandinavian Eppes to Espeseth, german gender specific suffix, or of place, say it was known as the Hales or Hall's place, so anyone branching out would be a alister or hallster?
Please advise in your search if you find an Ann Smith Davis, brothers Joseph C Smith, Asa Smith and Isaac W Smith. Supposedly born NY 1795/6, moved west-Ohio and Indiana. Clueless as to parents.