Thanks for your reply.I am not sure your family is the one for whom I am looking.
I am trying to find a mysterious ancestor belonging to my husband.A Mr. DOLLINS/DALLAS/etc. married Alice TAIT c. 1860 in Allegheny Co, PA.He was supposedly killed in a steamboat accident, but resurfaced later claiming anmesia.Meanwhile, his wife had remarried John GRAY, and her two DOLLINS/DALLAS children had taken her maiden name of TAIT.
Alice TAIT DOLLINS/DALLAS appears in the 1870 Alleghney Co, PA census with her mother as Alice DALLAS.
No one in the family can remember Mr. DOLLINS/DALLAS' first name or exactly what his surname was.