Thanks so much for your response. All of this info I already have, though I do appreciate your effort. John M. Whitney (Sr.) & his wife Mary Jane Vickers are the ones I've not been able to locate. The cesus have been fruitless. The only one that I've been able to find Mary Jane on is the 1880. She was already a widow. The last son was born in 1873, so that lets me know that John died sometime bet. 1873 & early 1880. I do know that John M. was enlisted during the civil war, but was not in service for very long. He was discharged on some sort of disablity.
Whitney, John M.,Pvt. Co. C, 4th Battn. La. Inf. En. Winnsboro, La., Aug. 8, 186?. Present on Roll to Aug. 31, 1861. Roll Nov. and Dec., 1861, Discharged on Surgeon's Certificate of disability.
As you've already found, John & Mary's oldest son, Charlie was born in Tensas Par., in 1866. The only other proof that I've found of John's presence in that parish & that of a Vickers is the following. (Of course, I've no proof that James Vickers is related to Mary Jane.)
Abbreviations used are M.G.=Minister of the Gospel, J.P.=Justice of the Peace. If a (C) appears after a name or names it indicates race and was found on the recorded doucment. It is used here solely to aid anyone using these records for research.
Date: January 4, 1866 Groom & Bride: Alfred H. Baker and Harriet Hunsicker Officiating: P. H. Diffenweirth, Minister of M. E. Church South Witness: David Buckman, James Vickers, William Buckner Remarks: Married at the residence of Mrs. Volz
Date: December 8, 1866 Groom & Bride: Moses Smith and Harriet Ringold (C) Officiating: Frank M. Baker, J.P. Witness: Jno. W. Register, J. M. Whitney, A. L. Alley Remarks: Married at the Clerk's Office
My Uncle Jack had said that his grandmother Mary Jane had a twin sister that married an A.L. or J.L. Ross. The sisters were born in MS & were raised or at least spent some of their lives in or near Magnolia, AR. I've had no luck in finding Mary Jane's sister either.
The only other clue that I have is that of the Whitneys or Vickers being related to the Carroll family. James & John Carroll were listed in the home of Mary Jane Whitney in 1880 & their relationship was that of "Cousins".
John & Mary Jane's 2nd to youngest son, John Marion is my great-grandfather. He died bet 1913-1920 on "foreign soil". That could only mean that he fought in WWI. My great-grandmother had received a small pention, according to my mom & Uncle Jack. Unfortunately, all of the servicemen's records were destroyed when the facility inwhich they were stored burned in St. Louis, MO in the 1970's.
Again, I do appreciate your interest & effort. Thanks so very much.