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|Husband: Abijah HIGHTOWER
Birth: 1783/4 or 9 Aug 1782 or 9 Oct 1782, NC
Death: 1862, Todd Co., KY
Disposition: said to have a tombstone, presumably buried in Todd Co., KY
Military Service: War of 1812: Pvt., Capt. David SMITH's Company, Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry
|Marriage-1: 16 Nov 1811, Logan Co., KY [this was a bit
of a late marriage for both of them]
Separation: 7 May 1819
Divorce: filed 19 Apr 1825, Todd Co., KY; granted 27 Apr 1826, Todd Co., KY
|Wife-1: Alasha SAUNDERS
Birth: 1785/6, NC
Death: aft. 1860
Uncle: Maj. David SMITH of Todd Co. (n.b., he was Abijah's commanding officer)
Brother: John S. SAUNDERS
Father: Jeffrey SAUNDERS
Mother: Feroba / Phebe / Phoebe SMITH
|Marriage-2: 19 Apr 1827, Todd Co., KY|
|Wife-2: Elizabeth JONES
Birth: 1799/1800, VA
Death: aft. 1860
Father possibly: George JONES
|Children with Alasha SAUNDERS:|
| 1. Sarah
Saunders HIGHTOWER, b. 9 Apr 1812, KY (presumably Logan Co.)
2. John Pinckney/Pinkney HIGHTOWER, b. 5 Jan 1814, TN
3. Martha Jane HIGHTOWER, b. 27 Jul 1816, TN
4. (infant) HIGHTOWER
It's unlikely that the census-taker made his rounds before Jan 5th, so John should have been 36 in the 1850 Census. Apparently, there really were two daughters named "Martha Jane," which makes one wonder if Abijah's mother wasn't named Martha Jane.
|Children with Elizabeth JONES — born in Todd Co., KY:|
| 4. Andrew
Jackson HIGHTOWER, b. 27 Jul 1822
5. Martha Jane HIGHTOWER, b. 1823/4
6. George Washington HIGHTOWER, b. 27 Apr 1826
7. (son) HIGHTOWER, b. 1825-30
8. Mary Helen HIGHTOWER, b. 14 Nov 1831
9. William Robert HIGHTOWER, b. 1833/4
10. Abijah Whittier HIGHTOWER, b. 4 May 1836
11. James Alexander McReynolds "Mack" HIGHTOWER, b. 11 Nov 1839
Abijah and Elizabeth lived together, and had three children together, before they were married. Son George was born the day Abijah's divorce was granted. Could it have been an event so emotional for Elizabeth as to trigger her labor? If you put yourself in Elizabeth's situation, in the culture of her day, the prospect that Abijah would finally be able to marry her and "make an honest woman of her" would definitely be such an emotional event.
|Keywords for search engines: genealogy; USA, US, United States, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia|
1. Jordan R. Dodd, ed. 1993. Kentucky Marriages: Early to 1850. Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
2. LDS. Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
3. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311): not found, but no VA, KY, or TN census is extant.
4. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312): the 1800 KY and TN censuses were destroyed, so tax lists are substituted on this CD.
5. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313): no Austin, no Oldham, no Abijah, anywhere; no HIGHTOWER in Christian Co., KY. The 1810 TN census was lost.
6. 1820 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #5 of 19 — indexed as "H. Hightower"; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
7. 1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #29-30 of 68; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
8. 1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #33-34 of 72 — mis-indexed as being in "Todd City" because the "Cty" in "Todd Cty" was misread as "City" [there's no such place as Todd City]; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
9a. 1850 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #20 of 100 — indexed "Abigah"): District No. 1, Todd Co., KY, p. 204B, 140/141, 29 Jul 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
9b. 1850 Census Index/Microfilm (online at GenealogyLibrary.com — indexed as "Alaska Hightour"): Lynn Twp., Posey Co., IN, pp. 216AB, 706/706, enumerated 3 Sep 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
10a. 1860 Census Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #49 of 170): Elkton P.O., Todd Co., KY, p. 719, PN 49, 339/339, enumerated 2 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
10b. Census Index: U.S. Selected Counties, 1860 (Broderbund CD-318):
11. Willard Rouse Jillson. 1925. The Kentucky Land Grants. Filson Club Publ., Louisville, KY (online at Ancestry.com; Broderbund CD-650):
12a. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813. (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY). Abijah HIGHTOWER not found.
12b. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1814-1818. (Self-published. This book is out of print. I do not have a copy. If you have one to sell, please contact me.)
12c. A.B. Willhite. [n.d.] Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1819-1823. (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).
13. Karen Combs, transcriber. 1840 Tax List - Todd County, Ky (online at the Todd County KYGenWeb site):
14a. Broderbund. World Family Trees. Vol. 5, Pedigree #1090, which cites the next source.
14b. Ruth Ann Hightower Smith. 1995. Todd County, Kentucky, Family History. Turner Publ.
15. Robertson County, Tennessee. Court Minutes: Book 4, 1815-1818. (courtesy of Ruth Hightower Smith via Lisa Hightower):
16. WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).
17. LDS. Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
18. Emails from Steve Watson, Joyce Ubl, Ruth Hightower Smith.
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