Willis, For some reason I missed this message. You mentioned that James and Mahulda having 4 children. I can only find William and Martha in Mahulda household in 1850 and 1860 census. I can't find Marissa and Eliza in 1850 census or Marissa Minerva in 1850 or 1860. The only problem with Eliza in 1860 she is listed as 18 and in 1870 she is 28 years old. Her age seems to be consistent with being born 1842 and James Ford Elms and Mahulda married in 1844.