The family I am replying about were indeed sibling and also brothers to Elizabeth lantern who marr James POE in wilson co tn. Also following is
1840 Rutherford County TN census
Joseph LANTON "free persons of color" household
4 doors down from POE 2 doors down from Blackwell, THos several doors from a MIss? Blackwell. ---------------------------------- THis line clearly spelled as LANTON and LANTERN. Though on willit is written as LANTERN. My line is LANTRUM as we know it, though seen on census as LANTRON.
Clearly these names interchange, one with the other in many cases. The line being discussed is mullatto (whatever that was in 1840.)
Back in the early 1800's the term mulatto was given to persons who had ANY mixed blood.Typically and especially to anyone who married Indians.My family has a Lantern - Joseph Lantern who married Mary "Polly" Shadwick(Chadwick) and had Nancy Ellen Jane (Lantern) King.I believe that Joseph is the Joseph in this thread.If you have any information, please contact me.