My great-grandfather, William Porter Steel(e), was born in 1850 (not sure of exact date and where -Tennessee?) and later adopted by the Cupp family at the train station in Loudon, TN. This is according to family lore but I can't find any record of adoption. The first governmental record of him is a marriage certificate issued at Loudon, TN on March 9, 1872 when he married Magdaline Kyle. After that, I can follow hin in the US Censuses until his death in the 1920s but have no clue who his father was and where he came from. Based on my Y chromosome data, his would have been J2 M172 suggesting a Middle Eastern/Southern European origin.