How long was that John H. in prison in 1880? Why did you consider him?
Margaret and John married Sept. 1880 so they had to have time to get to know each other. She was 15 years old April 1880.
The 1900 census page is poor quality but if you have Ancestry.com you can enlarge the page and it shows John b. 1846 Ky. and Margaret b. 1865 Ga. As for the number of children I also wondered about that. As for Lula all I have to go on is what the family says, and death, and marriage records. Maybe she was another family members child, or adopted, and it was kept secret for some reason?? Or out of wedlock. Who knows. She and John McKinley look very much alike. She, John, and Alonzo have a very deep v in their top lip that almost divides the lip. This makes me think they are related.
Margaret was known as Margaret Ann Garrett (even on her marriage certificate). We don't know who her dad was but her mother was Amanda Garrett b. 1836 S.C., parents John Garrett and Angeline Hunnicutt. Amanda married Irvine Ross in 1874 Lauderdale, Ala.
Info. about John: He was very gentle and patient and spent more time with the children than Margaret did. No mention of him ever being in prison.
Info. about Margaret: She was a very angry person. One of her daughters-in-law said Margaret was the cause of them having to leave Indian territory. No specifics.
My grandfather, William Walter Anderson, met an American Indian lady in Oklahoma in the mid 1930's. He brought herto Arkansas to meet his two daughters. When she spoke the Cherokee language Walter would interpret. Soon the woman went into labor before time and she and the child died. Both were buried in Potters Memorial Cemetery in Lepanto, Arkansas where several of my relatives are buried (no headstones). Because the girl was quite young, Walter was in trouble with the tribe and the locals so he almost went to jail. Her people forgave him though. This story was told to me by my mother and like most stories who knows how much is based on fact. When I located some of our other long lost relatives, they all related the same basic story, but none could remember the lady's name. I can't find a marriage certificate, any suggestions? Of course, they may not have been married. Would her family have allowed that?
Like most researchers I have more questions than answers.