Lee, Thanks for responding. Do you have anything on the person you call Polly Allen, the first of Joseph's children? She is missing from the household in the 1850 census. I have reason to believe she is Mary Allen who married Archibald MAULDEN around 1849; but I have no proof, since as you know the Stanly County marriage records are missing for the first ten years of the county's existence, 1841-51. Looking forward to sharing more info with you.