I truly hope you are still out there in cyberspace (it has been awhile since you posted).
I am searching for information on what became of William C. Pitner (b. circa 1825-1829 Alabama) - he was a son of Elias Pitner and Elizabeth Fifter Pitner. In 1848 in Rusk County, Texas he married Jane E. Brown. They had three children: (John-b.1850 Rusk Co., TX, Emma-b.1856 Hamilton Co., TX, and Thomas E. b. 1866 Haskell Co., TX). William was a traveling merchant by trade.
The family is found on the 1860 census in Madison Co, AR where a brother to William is living. I have not located any of the family on the 1870 census.
John, the oldest son, is found only on the 1860 census in Madison Co. AR. No further record has been found of him.
The daughter, Emma, is found on the 1880 census in Denton County, TX married to her first husband, J. A. Tolson. The first husband dies in 1886.
Thomas E. Pitner, the youngest son, is found on the 1880 census in Throckmorton County, TX. He is killed in 1899 in Haskell Co., TX.
Since neither William nor his wife Jane are found on the 1880 census, it is presumed he is still a traveling merchant and was missed on the census.
Jane appears in Haskell County TX in 1882 where she married John Casner in Shackelford County and returns to Haskell County to live. She dies in 1898 and is buried in Haskell, Haskell County, TX. John Casner moves on to New Mexico in 1902.
Emma's first husband, J. Tolson, dies in 1886, and she remarries to one James A. Price. Price dies in 1913; Emma dies in 1915. The Price son dies in 1918.
Emma left children by Tolson; they all married and left descendants in Texas.
I have to believe there is a descendant out there somewhere who has information on when/where William C. Pitner died. Thought perhaps you may have bumped into William in doing your research.
Thank you for response Any information greatly appreciated