Dear Scott, First many thanks for your response.I received files from another researcher who has documentation of one of the original Thornton sons, Capt. Joseph Presley Thornton, b. 1834, 's daughter, Wilhelmina Thornton b. circa 1867 married Judge Evelyn Croom Maxwell b. 1863 at Conecuh Co., AL.Their daughter (no name in files) married Albert Downing Gray Sr.
I don't have any further information on this particular Maxwell family, I'm actually trying to work "sideways" in lateral lines in hopes of locating someone who may have in their private papers a mention of my (g/g/uncle) John Lewis McDuffie, or his mother, Patsy Jane Thornton McDuffie.