Mahala was also known by others as Mahala Thorton/ Hawthorn/ Arnold. So you might check each of these names. Jason and Mahala had Jasper, Nancy E., Sarah A., Newton J., Joshua, Griffa, Jason J., Ashley N. C., Jonathan. all born in Hardin Co Tn. Jason was a son Joshua Paulk b 1773 and Nancy McDonald b 1777 whose children were Jacob, Jonathan, Jason, Jesse, Esther, & Aaron. This is not my lines but I collected data over 30 plus years.