Thanks for your response.I too have seen the Stokes L. Pinion you mentioned in 1850 with Nathan and Dovey in Marshall County in 1850 and he is the right age:
Pinion, Nathan - 30, NC
Pinion, Dovey - 23, NC
Pinion, Lewis Y. - 2, TN
Pinion, Stokes L. - 1, TN
My Stokes right? But there is a problem. I have seen research from a cousin that claimed to have known and interviewed my gggrandfather's children.Unfortunately they can't be contacted so I can only accept this with a grain of salt.They said my Stokes L. Pinion's parents were Stokes L. Sr. and Polly Unknown.
Stokes and Polly are in Lawrence County, TN, Dist. 14 in 1850 with no Stokes L:
Pinion, Stoker - 30, NC
Pinion, Polly - 27, TN
Pinion, Betty P. - 4, TN
(see 1860 below - wrong ages and no Eliza J., Lewis T., or Stokes L.)
Then, in Lawrence County, TN Dist. 10 in 1860 are:
# 846 - 652
Pinnion, Stokes - 49, NC
Pinnion, Polly - 40, NC
Pinnion, Eliz. J. - 15, TN
Pinnion, Lewis T. - 13, TN
Pinnion, Stokes L. - 11, TN
Pinnion, Levina - 6, TN
Pinnion, Mary M. - 4, TN
Either there are 2 Stokes L. Pinions born in TN about 1849, or Nathan and Stokes Sr. passed around kids till no one can tell who's are who's.It is possible that Nathan and Dovey died between 1850 and 1860 and some of their children, including Stokes, were raised by Stokes Jr. and Polly. (confusing huh)
None of these people can be found in 1870.
Then, in Maury County, TN Dist. 20 - 151 in 1880 are:
Pinion, Stokes L.(son of Nathan or Stokes Sr.?)-32,TN,NC,NC
Pinion, Martha E. - 35, TN, TN, TN
Pinion, William R. - 16, TN, TN, TN
Pinion, Commodore(my ggrandfather)- 13, TN, TN, TN
Pinion, Eliza B. - 8, TN, TN, TN
Lillie A. - 4, TN, TN, TN
This is the first time with certainty I find anyone in my family. In 1900 they are living in Columbia, Maury County.
As you can see, it will take more than census records to figure out this bunch.One thing is certain, Commodore's Madison County, AL Death Certificate says he was born in Columbia, TN and his parents were Leroy Pinion and Martha Ellen Kincaid.
Hopefully someone will see this and know more. Help!
Thanks again for your input.