You said "I am syncing Notes via iCloud ..."
A simple thing you can do is see if the notes you are looking for are there in iCloud. If they are, your issue resolution will be simple.
Use Safari on one of your Macs to go to http://www.icloud.com
Log on to your iCloud account and check Notes there. Did you find what you're looking for?
If so, simply delete the other (non-iCloud) Notes accounts from your iPhone.
hi. sorry. i meant to check this but i was sure they weren't there and then somehow i forgot.
anyway, i did check and they are not there. or - perhaps i need to be very precise and say that there IS one note on each of these locations (MBP, iPhone, and on the cloud - its called "music").
i should also say that i noticed that when i checked the notes on my MBP about an hour ago - and like an idiot i forgot to DISCONNECT WIFI - i noticed that all my notes /were/ there for a second and then they all disappeared back down to only the one "music" note.
i wonder if it is time to call the mac experts on this and/or whether trying to recover a iPhone backup is the right way to go here.
that said, i am super leery of doing this correctly as i know that one dumb mistake and all my note life will disappear... ; (