I also presented this information in the current Weekend Chat.
While I have been doing a lot of sourcing on adopted, unrelated profiles for the Mason Name Study, I would like to focus again for a bit on my own Mason line. My personal research is back to Edward Mason. I would really like to find enough sources to create a profile for him so I can list him as a brick wall. I have profiles made in my line back to his grandson, Anderson Wallace Mason, then I found and adopted Anderson's father, James, and his half brother, Rufus Morganton Mason. I have a lot of work to do with these, but I really want to get Edward on here as he is the first emigrant to North America in my Mason line. The sources should be out there, I'm just having a hard time finding them. I suspect this because I have found family trees with the information sounding specific enough to have come from somewhere. So, I'm going to post about him on G2G and see if fresh eyes can help. I am fascinated by Edward's story, and hope some good sources can be found. Allegedly, he was born about 1746 in England and was "shanghaied" from Liverpool about 1762 to Charleston, South Carolina. He was sold as an indentured servant to the Rhea family in Augusta County. He served in the Virginia Line during the Revolutionary War, possibly also at King's Mountain. He married Elizabeth Russell around 1770 in Wythe County, Virginia. They moved to North Carolina after the war, and from there to Monroe County, Tennessee. This all sounds like things I should be able to find sources for, but I don't seem to be looking in the right places, because I'm not finding anything. My dad was super excited when I found stories with the term "shanghaid" because he remembers his dad and grandpa talking about someone in the family experiencing this. If any of you lovely genealogists out there have any obscure sources or tips that may help with this dilemma, I would be very grateful.