I have sent a couple of e-mails to your mother, but have not received a reply. I am Conrad Roberson and I am tracing the Hootselle family tree for my grandsons, Jacob and David Hootselle. I have been following a new line which I believe is connected to Jemima Hootsell.
Various Hootselles have told me that their original family name was Hutzel and they were originally from Germany, not to mention Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. We have all been looking for the unknown Hootsell husband of Jemima Hootsell who came down the Mississippi river to Natchez with William, Joseph, John and Catherine Hootsell in the late 1700s. I have searched tons of records in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois for a sign of the mythical Mr. Hootsell and his lovely Jemima, to no avail.
I did have a record that referred to Jemima as a Hadsall/Hadsell. It finally occurred to me that her name might really be Hadsall/Hadsell, not Hootsell/Hutzel. I looked at the Hadsall records on Ancestry.com and immediately found Jemima Hadsall, born 1727 in Westerly, Rhode Island to Joseph Hadsall and Rachel Crumb. Joseph also had a son, James, born in 1726, who married Constant (Content) Worden, and had a number of sons, John, William, Edward, Stephen, Joseph and James. They moved to the Wyoming valley in Pennsylvania and no sooner set up a farm when the Indians killed and tortured James Hadsall Sr. and James Hadsall Jr. John Hadsall escaped by hiding under a canoe on the river. After the massacre, most of the women and children fled the valley.
I'm not sure, as I don't have enough data yet, but is it possible that Aunt Jemima (Yes, you may have an Aunt Jemima in the family) picked up the three boys after their dad was killed and took them down the Missippi to Natchez? When she got to Arkansas she married Mark Iler/Eiler who was travelling with them.
You can follow the Hadsall line on Ancestry.com back to a William Hadsall, born 1598 in Somerset, England, who took his bride, Sarah Seward, born 1605 in England and moved to the USA. This whole scheme has a number of serious flaws and troublesome numbers and recorded conflicting facts. However, it does discover Jemima Hadsell and explains why a lot of work has not discovered Jemima's Hootsell husband. She never had one, it was her maiden name. You can also see my version of the Hootselle family tree with all of the above data on Ancestry.com.
It may be that William and Joseph Hootsell went back up to New York at a later date, married and raised families. William then returned to Natchez and married a much younger Charlotte (Polly) Swayzie. I think it is very interesting that Job Kenyon Hadsell (son of Joseph Hadsell) left his home in Cattaraugus, New York and went to Natchez, where he married a fine Mississippi girl and lived the rest of his life. I am wondering why he would do that unless his father, who had spent time in Natchez, told him about the sterling virtues of the town. This would also explain why we have no census or marriage records of Joseph in Natchez.
Please think this over and let me know your conclusion.