I have become convinced over the past year that the Moses that married Delilah Burrows in 1830 was not a son of an older Moses, but the older Moses himself marrying for a second time. I believe that the existence of a son Moses (brother to Canada and Howard) was arrived at from the marriage records. I have been to the cemetaries in Kentucky and found the graves of Canada and Howard. In searching all the sources I have not found a Moses Atherton that could be the son of the older Moses. The older Moses is found in Alexander County Illinois in the 1820's in the public records in Cairo. He is there with Aaron, John, and Charles as is documented by Lucy Strait. The last record of Moses in Illinois is 1822. After this point I believe that Moses moved across the river, less than 20 miles into KY, (present day Ballard Co.) where, in 1830 he marriedDelilah Burrows as a second wife and fathered Nathan Lee, Benjamin F. and Elizabeth. If you look at the census records for Moses in the area from 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850 you will notice an age difference in the woman of the house. They are two different people. (2 different marriages) Also looking at the age groupings of the boys, the existence of a son Moses getting married in 1830 just doesn't fit. As I said earlier the only "proof" of a younger Moses that I have seen is the marriage record in 1830 to Delilah Burrows. There are lots of pedigree records posted by researchers that want to indicate that Moses had a son named Moses but as far as proof, I haven't seen it. In addition, if the Athertons we are interested in came from Maryland into Nelson Co. Ky and then moved on to the Illinois lands in Alexander Co. then it follows that Moses should have been with them in Nelson Co., Kentucky. The Nelson Co. Titheables from 1785 show Aaron Sr. listed with Moses, (in other words, the two are listed together, which was the common practice when a son wasn't of adult age for purposes of the tithe list). This would indicate that Moses was not yet of adult age to be listed separately. But then in 1791 Moses is listed by himself. While this is not proof of a father son relationship its pretty close. If that is the case then it fits that Moses was born 1775 plus or minus 5 years. That fits with a marriage to Nancy Biggerstaff and fits into the Alexander County 1820 census. Further, the Moses Atherton in the 1830 Hickman Co census where this story continues is listed between 40-50 years of age. This is the older Moses born 1775- 1780. Likewise, in the 1840 census the Moses shown is 50-60. None of these census records list a younger Moses Atherton. I hope some of you can add to this.Please post your thoughts on this.
Jim Atherton Great,great,great grandson of Moses Atherton