Thank you - I'm still trying to work backwards to find John M's parents. Based on coincidental evidence, I THINK his father is John Lin Bruce (see previous question below) but I still can't prove it. I appreciate your help in trying to break down this brick wall. It has had me stymied for months! I have been to the Georgia Archives and did find the marriage records for both John M and John Lin, but nothing that links the two. And I have done all the research on Family Search as well. As I read some of the stuff on Ancestry I'm thinking several others are basing their trees on my assumptions because no one has any sources quoted. Such is life. Again, thanks for your reply.