Leslie, I recently have been looking into the Aldridge family in Georgia and in Alabama, for several reasons.A while back I had contact with a gentleman named Gene Pitman who is also a descendant of Thomas Jefferson Harrington and Louisa Aldridge.(If you wish to contact him, I'll email you his email address.Unless he's your husband!)At that time, my interest was in the Harringtons.I believe T.J's father was Cyrus K. Harrington and I was trying to place my Sophia O. Harrington as a sister of T.J.
Totally separate from this research was my effort to find evidence that my Allen L. Hamilton (b1853, Coosa Co, AL)who married Louisa Lee Hornsby in 1879, Tallapoosa Co, AL, (Louisa was dau. of Sophia Harrington and Moses Hornsby)was a son of Lewis Hamilton Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Aldridge.
Lewis Jr. married Mary Eliz. Aldridge in Coosa Co, AL in March of 1850.Mary Eliz. was born in SC around 1825.On the 1850 census of Coosa Co, AL. she is living with her husband Lewis Jr, in Lewis' father's home, Lewis Hamilton, "Sr.".Also in the home is a 5 year old Missouri Aldridge born in GA.Missouri was born 5 years before Lewis Jr. and Mary Eliz. Aldridge married.For this reason I believe that Lewis Jr's wife, Mary Eliz. was not Aldridge by birth, but by a previous marriage to an Aldridge male in Georgia, who may have died before 1850.Also in their home is an 8 mo. old Isabella whom I believe could also be daughter of Mary Eliz. Aldridge by her first marriage.(Census enumerator wrote ditto marks under Missouri Aldridge's surname for Isabella's surname.) This I beleive also because since Lewis Hamilton Jr. and Mary E. Aldridge married in March of 1850 (marriage record is online), a legitimate child of theirs would have been born after the 1850 census date and would not be 8months old.
In 1860 C. of Coosa Co, AL, I find Lewis Hamilton Sr. has died.Lewis Hamilton Jr. is now head of house, and is still with wife Mary Eliz. Now they have 15 year old Missouri b. GA and 10 year old Isabella b. Ala., and others.
NEXT DOOR to Lewis Jr's family in 1860 Coosa Co, AL, is a widowed Mary Aldridge, age 51 (b. ca. 1808) SC.She has Thomas (28), Sarah (18) and Jasper (14) with her. All 3 born in GA.
My theory is that this Aldridge family living next to Lewis Hamilton Jr. in 1860 is related to Lewis's wife, and possibly that she, Mary Elizabeth, was married to a son of this Mary Aldridge, and that this son died shortly before 1850.Then Mary Elizabeth married Lewis Hamilton Jr.
How does this tie to your Louisa Aldridge, wife of Thomas Jefferson Harrington?Lewis Hamilton Jr's brother, Samuel W. Hamilton, married Emily Aldridge in 1855 in Coosa Co, daughter of of the widowed Mary Aldridge living next to Lewis Hamilton Jr. in 1860.Sophia Harrington, b. Harris Co, GA I believe is a sister of Thomas J. Harrington.Sophia Harrington Hornsby's daughter, Louisa Lee Hornsby, married Allen L. Hamilton in Alabama.The Harris Co, GA affiliation of the Harringtons and the Aldridges leads me to believe that the widowed Mary Aldridge b. ca. 1808 in Coosa Co, in 1860 could be the widow of Samuel Aldridge.It would make sense that their daughter could be Louisa who married T. J. Harrington and T.J.'s sister Sophia married Moses Hornsby.Their daughter Louisa Hornsby (coincidence?) married Allen Hamilton who MAY have been a son of Lewis Hamilton Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Aldridge in Coosa Co.
Sorry if this is all so confusing, and for repeating myself so much.I just want to bring out some ideas here.I have been unable to find any Aldridge family in Coosa Co. in 1850, which leads me to believe that Mary Aldridge (b. ca. 1808, SC) came to Alabama between 1850 and 1855 which is when her daughter Emily married Samuel W. Hamilton in Coosa.
One more thought, there is a Marion Co, GA marriage record of a Clark Aldredge to a Mary Rollins in 1831.Don't know how far Marion Co is from Harris Co, but for a time I thought this Mary Rollins could be the widowed Mary Aldridge in the 1860 Coosa Co census next to Lewis Hamilton Jr.Recall this Mary Aldridge had a 28 yr old son Thomas on the 1860 coosa census, so he was born ca. 1832.Right in line with parents who married in 1831.Problem with this theory is that if Thomas was her oldest son, that doesn't leave too good a possibility that any other of her sons would be first husband of Mary Elizabeth Aldridge who was born ca. 1825.
I hope all this generates some more thinking and attracts some attention!