Thanks for the reply. I've only been able to trace the Edging family back to an Isaac Edging and Lydia Salmon, who are the parents of my James and your William Edging. I haven't been able to find anything conclusive about who Isaac's parents were for sure, although there are some trees that list parents without sources/evidence listed. So I am ignoring those trees' claims; I always welcome new information if it can be sourced though. I only know that whoever Isaac's parents were, they are listed as having been born in North Carolina and probably died in Kentucky based upon the census data Isaac himself provided. Sephardic Jewish communities were known to have settled almost exclusively in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in colonial times. Does your family have any information that could further shed light on this mystery on whether the Edgings were actually Jewish or not? Even hearsay/legends? The thought occurred to me that the Edging family might've anglicized/changed their name to Edging from something else IF they were Jewish. Another thought has occurred to me that Lydia Salmon might've at least been Jewish based on her surname being a common derivative of the Jewish Solomon surname, and there were Jews with both derivations of that surname living in the South during that time. That's speculation though. My grandmother, who is the maternal granddaughter of George, didn't show any Jewish DNA in her results, but has close relatives descended from George's siblings side that do have very small amounts of Jewish DNA (similar to slightly more than the amount you told me you had). My educated guess based on DNA results and family tree records is that if the Edgings were Jewish, they started marrying Gentiles fairly quickly upon immigrating to the southern colonies which was fairly common for Sephardic Jews living in the Southern states as they branched off from the coastal Southern states. Any further information you or anyone else can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Regards, Christopher Fancher