This book was helpful in two ways, Rodney. First, a Joseph Runyon (b. 1674) I adopted (Runyon-18) is not listed in this book as a son of Vincent the immigrant. That could mean one of two things: 1) Joseph was missed as a son in the book and would have been sandwiched in between Ann, b. 1673, and Thomas, b. 1675, or 2) there was no son named Joseph and his profile is a “floater” (my term for a profile that was created for someone who doesn’t really exist).
Second, an apparent grandson of Vincent by the name of John (father?) lived for a short while in Wilkes County, NC, (census record) during the time the Shepherds lived there (before they moved to Macon County, NC). He would have been the right age to be the father of my Mary Runyon Shepherd. If so, Mary may not have married John Shepherd in Burke County, NC, but in Wilkes. However, in the records I have, there is no marriage in Wilkes for Mary and John. Neither are there any Runyon marriages. So, maybe it was Burke County! Maybe there just wasn’t any record anywhere (possibly).
Can you feel my frustration rising? Too many suppositions, not enough hard evidence, but, Rodney, your link did give me some clues. I’ll hang on to them just in case something floats to the top.
Thanks for your efforts, Rodney.