Hi Phyllis! Thanks for your response.If you read the other post I responded to Emil, I have written about Gladys (she is my great-grandmother). I have more information in detail if you are interested for your records. I think I am confused about the Thornton you are referring to, Jesse and Sarah Ross.Are you suggesting to look at them as a possibility of being James' parents? I will look into that.We have been told for a long time that his mom was an Indian and recently found out that she was probably from the Cherokee tribe (probably from Oklahoma).Haven't been able to confirm this yet either. I haven't found any record related to James that have listed his parents names. I am still looking to find his birth certificate but have not had any luck yet. Are you connected to this family? I would love to know how. Thanks again!