It begins, as so many interesting genealogy stories do, with five brothers. Their names we're told, are John, James, Robert, Jesse and George Alcorn. They move into Kentucky in the late 1700s, bringing their families with them. Their cousins come too, and they share the same first names, so from the very beginning we're faced with the difficulty of identifying which brothers belong with which father.
They're a close group, naming their children after their favorite relatives, and so within a few decades, we have quite a few Alcorns scattered across the state, mostly named John, James, Robert, Jesse and George. And even though they've settled in different parts of the state, they remain close to their cousins, moving in with each other, trading land, and marrying into the same families.
No wonder we find so many conflicting Alcorn genealogy charts.
My goal with this blog is to document all that I can about the Alcorns, complete with verifiable sources. If it can't be sourced, I will clearly state that it's a supposition or unverified.
My mother, Mildred Alcorn Bunch, began this research back in the 1970s. She and my father dragged me and my sisters to court houses, graveyards, and libraries almost every weekend. That was back in the days when everything was done on copiers and in notebooks. So when I took up genealogy about 10 years ago, I inherited her Alcorn files (six boxes worth). Add to that what I've come up with on my own, and that's a lot of data.
I'm hoping that as I post, you'll add your comments, theories, and own data so that we can develop a comprehensive look at all things Alcorn.