That's the area I'm most interested in as well. My great-great grandmother was Amanda Jane Barnhill. This is the info I have in my file, for my line:
John Barnhill (unknown date)+
Margaret Thompson (b1592, Scotland)=
Robert Gambriell (or Gabriell) Barnhill (b1626 Scotland)+
Janett Muir (or Moore) (b1630 Scotland)=
Samuel Barnhill (b1654 County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland)+
Robert Barnhill (b1703 County Antrim, Ulster, Ireland)+
Sarah Smith (b1703 County Antrim, Ulster Ireland)=
William Barnhill (b1733 Ireland)+
Isabella Barr (b1733 Bucks County, PA)=
William Barnhill, Jr. (b1776 South Carolina)+
Cynthia Hodge (b1776)=
William Hodge Barnhill (b1799 Spartanburg, SC)+
Eliza Ellen Gossett (b1820 Alabama)=
Amanda Jane Barnhill (b1865 Marthaville, LA)
So, as you can see, the earliest anything I have is the birth of Margaret Thompson in 1592 Scotland. I've been trying for years to figure out how the disowned brothers merge with my first John Barnhill.
If anyone needs any information about the above lines, I have a lot more than just my own ancestor researched. I usually have at least spouses and sometimes children for brothers and sisters of my direct ancestors.
I'm always up for comparing notes. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org (most of my research is up at http://crustner.com, but it's a bit outdated and not organized as well as I'd like. I'll be updating it sometime this summer).
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