Back then, just up from slavery, NAMES stayed in families, sons and grandsons named in honor of the lost loved ones. I found the origin of my King line, in 1870, knowing only two things. My grampa was Renzo King (Lorenzo) and his best friend and cousin was Quitman Walker https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Walker-28179
and they were named after their grampses out of Mississippi. I combed the 1870 Mississippi census for black men named Lorenzo, didn't use a surname and Quitman, didn't use a surname. . Found LORENZO WOODS and Quitman Walker. . They took me to
and Grams already told about the Civil War soldier.
I haven't filled in my whole tree yet but I know and can document everybody now. So, work the names, my friend. Your George had a son Thomas. The 1870 George had a brother Thomas who looks likely died young. Take a leap of faith.