I found this reference to Lynn DeSpain in the Christian Advocate, while researching Carroll Kendrick. (Carroll Kendrick was born abt 1815 in Lauderdale Co, AL.) Thought it might be of interest to DeSpain researchers.
"The counties lying just west of the river from McNairy northward through Henderson, Carroll, Gibson, and Henry Counties were the objects of concentrated efforts in the decade from 1825 to 1835. Men Such as the Matthews, Allen and Carol Kendrick (who later 'was to become a leader of renown in Kentucky and Texas), Samuel Giles, Lynn D'Spain, John R. Howard, James A. and James C. Anderson, B. F. Hall, Robert and Elihu Randolph were sonic of the' preachers who recorded their, labors. The volumes of The Christian Messenger from 1826 to 1835 give numerous reports of these faithful men and report their 'growing' success. This group worked closely with 'the people in northern Alabama mentioned in Part I of this study."
I have connections to the DeSpains through the Byler's. I have been chasing the following families from Maury/Giles Co TN (1810's) to Green Co, KY (1820's) to Lauderdale Co, AL (mid 1820's) to Morgan Co, IL (1830) and then they disperse to Arkansas, Missouri and Texas: Phillips, Kendrick, Graham, Byler, DeSpain.
Happy to share notes with fellow researchers!
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