You didn't include any dates, or approximate dates, in your query, so I went looking at your message history.Looks like you've had some really good luck receiving help from others.Did you ever make a connection between Sarah Copeland and Alexander Copeland in DeKalb Co, AL?Since she was a minor when she married did you look for marriage records in that county?She would have had to had permission to marry.Couples usually marry in county of the bride's residence, so I would try DeKalb Co., first.I would trace Alexander some more.He was on the 1910 census, too, so he died after Sarah was married.Check land and probate, if she shows up as an heir, it will be withher married name, and give you proof of the tie.
Check the GenWeb site for these counties, see if they've put any county records online.Check the Family History Library Catalog on http://www.FamilySearch.comhttp://www.FamilySearch.com see if the FHL has microfilmed any of the court, land and vital records for the counties.You can order those films out to your local Family History Center.
Are you still working on next generation of Hallmarks?I would do some research on this family.If it isn't your Jesse, then I would guess it is a cousin and uncle, for whom he may have been named.
1880 census Etowah Co, AL:
Category: Name;Relationship to head of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.
Jesse E. HALLMARKSelfMMaleW30ALFarmerSCAL Mitton J. HALLMARKWifeMFemaleW29GAKeeping HouseGAGA Watton F. HALLMARKSonSMaleW8ALALGA William P. HALLMARKSonSMaleW6ALALGA Susan R. L. HALLMARKDauSFemaleW4ALALGA Savanah L. HALLMARKDauSFemaleW2ALALGA Jesse B. HALLMARKSonSMaleW2MALALGA
Again, land and probate records might help to sort out these Hallmarks.There is a Cummins Hallmark on this census old enough to be the patriarch of this Hallmark clan.You might just fall into another generation, too.