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Abijah HIGHTOWER
Alasha SAUNDERS
Elizabeth JONES
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
Occupation:  farmer
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
Occupation:  homemaker
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
Occupation:  homemaker
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.

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Timeline
Abbreviation:  EFRR = Elk Fork of the Red River
Year Location Event
1782/3/4 NC birth of Abijah HIGHTOWER
1785/6 NC birth of Alasha SAUNDERS
1792 Kentucky achieves statehood; Logan Co. formed from Lincoln Co.
1797 KY: Christian Co. formed from Logan Co.
1799/1800 VA birth of Elizabeth JONES
1803-4 TN: Knox Co. Abijah HIGHTOWER, taxpayer
1805 TN: Anderson Co. Abijah HIGHTOWER, taxpayer
1810 Census   not found in KY; the TN census was destroyed
1811 KY: Logan Co. Abijah HIGHTOWER, taxpayer
1811 KY: Logan Co.  marriage of Abijah HIGHTOWER and Alasha SAUNDERS
1812 KY birth of daughter, Sarah
c1812-15 War of 1812 Pvt. Abijah HIGHTOWER, Tennessee Vol. Cavalry
1814 TN birth of son, John
1816 TN: Robertson Co. Abijah HIGHTOWER, witnesses a deed
1816 TN birth of daughter, Martha Jane
1819 KY: Christian [now Todd] Co. Abijah HIGHTOWER, taxpayer
1819 KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: EFRR Abijah HIGHTOWER, patents land
1819 to Indiana Alasha leaves, with daughters, Sarah and Martha
1820 KY: Todd Co. formed from Christian and Logan Cos.
1820 Census KY: Todd Co. A. HIGHTOWER, head-of-household
1822 KY birth of son, Andrew
1823/4 KY birth of daughter, Martha
1825 KY: Todd Co. Abijah files for divorce
1825 KY: Todd Co. Abijah files suit against his brother-in-law
1826 KY: Todd Co. divorce granted
1826 KY birth of son, George
1825-30 KY birth of son (name unknown)
1827 KY: Todd Co. marriage of Abijah HIGHTOWER and Elizabeth JONES
1830 Census KY: Todd Co. Abijah HIGHTOWER, head-of-household
1831 KY birth of daughter, Mary
1832 KY birth of son, William
1832 IN: Posey Co. marriage of daughter, Sarah, to Martin LITTLEPAGE
1836 KY birth of son, Abijah
1836 KY: Todd Co. marriage of son, John, to Sarah STOKES
1836 IN: Vandenburg Co. marriage of daughter, Martha, to Hudson CAUSEY
1839 KY birth of son, James
1840 Census KY: Todd Co. A. HIGHTOWER, head-of-household
1840 KY: Todd Co.: EFRR Alijah HIGHTOWER, taxpayer
1842 KY: Todd Co. marriage of daughter, Martha, to Green DERRINGTON
1843 KY: Todd Co. marriage of son, Andrew, to Ann GRUMBLEY
1850 Census KY: Todd Co.: District 1 Abijah HIGHTOWER, head-of-household
1851 TN: Montgomery Co. marriage of daughter, Mary, to Simon RUDD
1854 KY: Todd Co. marriage of son, William, to Louisa KEELING
1850 Census IN: Posey Co. Alasha (SAUNDERS) HIGHTOWER, living with daughter, Martha
1860 Census KY: Todd Co.: Elkton P.O. A. HIGHTOWER, head-of-household
1860 Census IL: White Co.: Burnt Prairie P.O. Alasha (SAUNDERS) HIGHTOWER, living with grandson
1862   death of Abijah HIGHTOWER
1864 KY: Todd Co. marriage of son, James, to Sarah JOHNSON

Sources:

1.  Jordan R. Dodd, ed.  1993.  Kentucky Marriages:  Early to 1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-229):
Hightower, Abijah Saunders, Alaska Nov 16, 1811 Logan Co.
Hightower, Abijah Jones, Elizabeth Apr 19, 1827 Todd Co.

2.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
Abijah Whittier HIGHTOWER
Birth: 4 May 1836, Todd, Kentucky
Father: Abijah HIGHTOWER; Mother: Elizabeth JONES
Source: patron submission

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.
1805 Tax List Hightower, James TN Anderson Co.
1805 Tax List Hightower, Abijah TN Anderson Co.

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):
1820 KY Todd Co. p. 127/416 A. Hightower 100010-00001-0-100 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 9 or under 1810-1820 = John (b. 1814)
1 male 26-44 1775-1794 = Abijah (b. 1782/3/4)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1775 = ?
1 person engaged in agriculture
Alasha and the two girls have left.  Was the older woman Abijah's mother?  Or was she hired help, brought in to take care of John and the domestic duties?  Or is this Elizabeth, tallied in the wrong column?  They are living between George JONES (Elizabeth's father, perhaps?), on one side, and Nancy SCROGGINS, on the other side.

7.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #29-30 of 68; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1830 KY Todd Co. p. 372 Ln. 17 Abijah Hightower 210 100 100 - 010 100 000 no slaves
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 4 or under 1825-1830 = son
= George (b. 1826)
1 male 5-9 1820-1825 = Andrew (b. 1822)
1 male 15-19 1810-1815 = John (b. 1814)
1 male 40-49 1780-1790 = Abijah (b. 1782/3/4)
1 female 5-9 1820-1825 = Martha (b. 1823/4)
1 female 15-19 1810-1815 = ?
0 female 30-39 1790-1800 = Elizabeth (b. 1799/1800)
They missed Elizabeth.  Or did the census-taker tabulate her in the wrong column?  Surely she was not lying about her age to that degree!  Living next door to Matthew STOKES, father of Annie STOKES, who later married Abijah's son, John. 

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):
1840 KY Todd Co. p. 17 | pp. 254B-255A Ln. 17 Hightower A 301 100 010 - 010 100 100 no slaves 0400000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 4 or under 1835-1840 = Mack (b. 1839)
= Abijah (b. 1836)
= William (b. 1833/4)
1 male 10-14 1825-1830 = George (b. 1826)
1 male 15-19 1820-1825 = Andrew (b. 18220
1 male 50-59 1780-1790 = Abijah (b. 1782/3/4)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = Mary (b. 1831)
1 female 15-19 1820-1825 = Martha (b. 1823/4)
1 female 40-49 1790-1800 = Elizabeth (b. 1799/1800)
4 persons employed in agriculture

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):
Abijah Hightower 66 M Farmer 300 NC
Elizabeth 50 F     VA
Mary 17 F     Ky
William 16 M     "
Abijah Jr 14 M     "
McReynolds 10 M     "
Mary 11/12 F     "
Who is baby Mary?  A grandchild?  Listed next to son, Andrew Jackson HIGHTOWER.

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):
Hudson Causey 52 M farmer 1000 N.C.
Martha    " 34 F     Tenn
[six children of Hudson & Martha]          
Alasha Hightour 64 F     N.C.

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):
A Hightower 86 M   F 1000 200 NC
E Hightower 65 F         Va
Mack 22 M   F     Ky
Wow, are these ages off!  Listed next to son, William Robert HIGHTOWER, who is next to son, George Washington HIGHTOWER, who is next to son, Andrew Jackson HIGHTOWER, in one direction; and, in the other direction, listed two households from daughter, Mary (HIGHTOWER) RUDD.

10b.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1860 (Broderbund CD-318):
1860 Littlepage, Louis IL White Co. Burnt Prairie P.O. p. 592
1860 Littlepage, Louis IL Whiteside Co. Burnt Prairie P.O. p. 592
Alasha (SAUNDERS) HIGHTOWER is said to be living in Illinois with her grandson, Lewis LITTLEPAGE.  Why there are two versions of this record on the CD is a mystery.  There are, indeed, both White and Whiteside Cos. in Illinois, but according to the GNIS (U.S. Geological Survey.  GNIS:  Geographic Names Information Service, online database), Burnt Prairie is in White Co.

11.  Willard Rouse Jillson.  1925.  The Kentucky Land Grants. Filson Club Publ., Louisville, KY (online at Ancestry.com; Broderbund CD-650):
Vol. 1, Pt. 1, Chap. VI, Kentucky Land Warrants, 1816-1873
Pg Grantee Acres Book Pg Date County Watercourse
589 Hightower, Abijah 125 F 107 5-20-1819 Christian Elk Fk Red R
Abijah almost certainly paid for his land with a warrant received for fighting in the War of 1812.  Further research could confirm it.

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).
Pg. in
Willhite
Year First
Name
Last 
Name
A B C D Acres Watercourse
30 1819 Abijah Hightower 1     1    
  1820-23 [not found]              
Legend for numerical data:
A = White Males 21 or over; B = Blacks over 16; C = Total Blacks; D = Horses
He is the only HIGHTOWER in the book and occurs only in the one year.  As expected, Abijah drops off the Christian Co. tax rolls with the formation of Todd Co. in 1820.

13.  Karen Combs, transcriber.  1840 Tax List - Todd County, Ky (online at the Todd County KYGenWeb site):
Pg.  Name Acres Watercourse Value
19 Hightower, Alijah 100 Elkfork RR 100

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.
Abijah Hightower was one of the earliest Hightowers in this area.  According to his tombstone and census records, he was born in North Carolina Aug. 9, 1782.  He and a Joshua Hightower were listed in the 1803-1804 Taxpayers list in Knox County, TN, and he and James Hightower were listed as taxpayers in Anderson County, TN, in 1805.  They were in the Knox County area until at least 1807; however, Abijah, James and George Hightower appeared as taxpayers in Logan County, Ky, in 1811.

15.  Robertson County, Tennessee.  Court Minutes:  Book 4, 1815-1818. (courtesy of Ruth Hightower Smith via Lisa Hightower):
"...May term, 1816, David Smith got 50 acres of land from Moses Shelby, witnessed in open court  by Abijah 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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