Hello Everett and thanks for posting.I've been trying to find another Hooton from this line for so long.I'm glad that I reposted my message the other day!
I am descended from Sarah Ellen Hooton and her first husband John W. Masker/Maseker/Masaker (have found numerous spellings.)After John's death, Sarah remarried to Joseph Bexson and had a couple more kids.
I had suspected that Thomas was the missing Hooton as there is a man by that name buried in the same cemetery and section as James and Esther.In addition, James had a brother named Thomas and his father's name was Thomas, so it made sense that he might be connected as well.
I look forward to more chats with you and will be talking with you soon!