Thank you so much, Steve. The Findagrave info may be where I got the idea that Gabriel, if he existed (outside of oral history), was the son of John, but I’m pretty sure I also heard this from a cousin who still lives on the old Jeremiah Patterson homestead in Macon County, NC. Jeremiah was the purported son of Gabriel. That’s another story!
Thank you also, for the leads for John. That’s a great idea: working backward from the father. I’m going to collect all the data I can find along with what you found and make a conclusion.
What I really don’t want to do is to detach Jeremiah from Gabriel, and Gabriel from John.... yet, but I may have to. Still, it might not be such a loss, considering some of the sources used further up the line from John, Ancestry trees and unsourced gedcom imports no less!! :-(
At least Elizabeth Finley, Gabriel’s wife, is an historical figure. And her connection to her son, Jeremiah Patterson, is solid. So I have that. His surname does lead to the Patterson’s in East Tennessee, just like Elizabeth’s surname leads to the Finleys in Blount County. But this darned Patterson line has been a real, mind-bender for me, frustrating to no end! It is the only line in my entire tree that I cannot definitively move into the 1700s, the only dang one!!
Steve, with gratitude, I thank you for taking a stab at this for me. It always humbles me when someone takes time out of their own tree to assist me with mine.