Now, if you can tell me this, perhaps we can solve some problems.First, did Tolbert C. Atherton have one son and perhaps other children; did he divorce his wife, did she die in childbirth of a girl?
There is definitely one son, A. E Atherton born 1865 according to his family, according to Alcorn, MIss census of 1880 he was born 1869 TN (perhaps close to KY/TN line) since C. Atherton was born KY per the 1880 census.
He had to be available for remarriage by 1877 which is when he married Maranda Honnell Webb, a widow or divorced woman with one son, Oscar Webb born Miss 1870.
I heard tales about the Atherton family, but don't know how much is true or missed up with his son's history.The woman who recalled most of it; she got confused between stories of her father and grandfather, being the youngest child and the only child of his second marriage (first wife died).
Tales: 1. C. Atherton had to leave KY because he his family owned a lumber yard, or a distillery; a man and he got into a fight, C. Atherton had to leave town.Tale 2.He and his young son were in the mountains hunting, came upon a young man being beaten to death by 2 large mountain men, stopped them with a rock.However, his and his life (the tale is all the men in a family would be killed by a grudge from the mountain people), he had to just take the son and ride out of town.
Tale that I think some of these stories could have come from:A. E. Atherton did in fact get into fight with a man over land and hit him, thinking he had killed him, fled the state of Ark. and headed for Texas (where he had lived previously).This tale could be true, because the census of 1910 has his name as Edgar Arthurton (which could be to throw someone off his trail).
One can only investigate tales and try to figure out why a man suddenly has a son in KY/TN and winds up after Civil War in Alcorn, Miss remarried to another woman.His son didn't seem to tell anyone the name of his mother, apparently he didn't know her long enough to remember.
My C. Atherton winds up in Grayson CO. TX by mid 1880's, along with his wife's family connections to: Parrish, Martin, Honnell/Honnoll and Savage.
Hopefully, I will one day know C. Atherton's complete name so I can locate his parents.1850 census mostly listed the people in KY with initials, making it extremely difficult for me.