After some painstaking research, I have found our Joab Ainsworth in the 1850 census of Butler Co., AL; Beat 2.Unfortunately, you cannot search for him under the surname or his name.I found him by just putting in "Larkin" in the first name field of Ancestry.com.That is how I located the family.But you won't have to go through all of that to find him:In Butler Co., AL, Beat 2:
173/173 (No surname or first name)65mFarmerSC Evaline30fVA Joseph19mFarmerAL Susan14fAL Mary11fAL Larkin9mAL (name erased)3mAL Cynthia2mAL
Living next door was son Joseph Preston Ainsworth, although once again no surname or first name listed.
174/174 (no surname/first name)22mFarmerAL Mary23fSC (no name)1mAL
This is an important find for Joab Ainsworth researchers.While it does not prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Evaline was his wife in 1850, it does show she was in his household, making it a strong possibility that she may have been in fact his wife.Obviously she was a bit too young to have been the mother of the older children, leading into the possibility that Joab was married prior to Evaline.The Patterson surname that she carried in the 1860 census is something which stumbles us.Obviously the two young Patterson children in the household were born after the 1850 census, making it highly unlikely that Evaline was their mother.I would rather conclude that one of the elder daughters was the actual mother of the Patterson children and that by mistake the census taker attached the Patterson name onto Evaline...or quite possibly she told them her last name was Patterson to fool the census takers into believing she was their mother because the actual mother was not there.