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Nimrod H. HORTON
Margaret WILSON
Husband:  Nimrod H. HORTON
Birth:  5 Feb 1806, Spartanburg Co., SC
Death:  25 Aug 1880, Chilton Co., AL
Occupation:  farmer
Father:  Nimrod A. HORTON
Mother:  Susannah WELLS
Wife:  Margaret WILSON
Birth:  1815/6, NC
Death:  aft. 1880 census
Occupation:  homemaker
Father probably:  John WILSON, b. ca. 1760s
Mother probably:  Jane __?__, b. 1778/9, NC
born in SC:
  1.  R. HORTON [female], b. 1833/4
  2.  Noah Craven HORTON, b. 1835; d. 31 Jan 1865, Elmira Prison Camp (Civil War), Cheming Co., NY
  3.  Bevel / Bevell / Beville HORTON, b. 1836/7

born in AL, presumably Benton [now Calhoun] Co., AL:
  4.  James Henry HORTON, b. 1837/8 or 1 Jan 1839; d. 4 Apr 1926, Bibb Co., AL
  5.  V. N. HORTON [female], b. 1839/40
  6.  Araminta HORTON, b. 1840/1
  7.  Alvin William HORTON, b. 1841/2
  8.  [Dorothy] Dolly Vera HORTON, b. 6 Feb 1843; d. 2 Apr 1902, Bibb Co., AL
  9.  Sarepta E. HORTON, b. 1844/5
10.  Nimrod HORTON, Jr., b. 3 May 1847; d. 20 Mar 1917
11.  John M. HORTON, b. 6 Mar 1850; d. 4 Jun 1930

born in either Benton Co., AL, or Bibb [now Chilton] Co., AL:
12.  Alaway / Allaway / Aloway / Alloway J. HORTON, b. 6 Aug 1851; d. 3 May 1936, Chilton Co., AL
13.  Joseph Walker HORTON, b. Aug 1854

One source shows them with this son:
.  Richard Chappel HORTON, b. 1836
but the R. HORTON in the 1850 census with our subjects is female and appears to also be female in the 1840 census.

The 1880 census shows this child as their "daughter":
.  Margaret HORTON, b. 1861/2, AL
but even if we grant that Margaret (WILSON) HORTON is the youngest of all her ages in the censuses (viz., 34 in 1850), it's still a stretch for her to have had a daughter in 1862, at the age of 46.  Children  appearing late in a middle-aged household especially when there is a significant gap between that child and the birth of the previous one, as there is in this case are very often adopted orphans or the illegitimate child of an unwed daughter.

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Sources (n.b., Baker Co. was formed in 1868 from Autauga, Bibb, Perry, and Shelby Cos.; Baker Co. was re-named Chilton Co. in 1874):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1830 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  not found.

3.  1840 Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #111-112 of 133; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1840 AL Benton [renamed Calhoun] Co. Roll 3 pp. 60B-61A Ln. 25 Nimrod Horton 300 010 - 110 010 no slaves 0100000
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
3 males 4 or under 1835-1840 = James (b. 1837/8)
= B. (b. 1836/7)
= N.C. (b. 1835)
1 male 20-29 1810-1820 = Nimrod (b. 1806)
1 female 4 or under 1835-1840 = V. N. (b. 1839/40)
1 female 5-9 1830-1835 = R. (b. 1833/4)
1 female 20-29 1810-1820 = Margaret (b. 1815/6)
1 person employed in agriculture
Listed two lines above John WILSON (æ 70-80) and his wife (æ 70-80).

4.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #56 of 128):  28th Dist., Benton Co., AL, Roll M432_1, p. 290B, 365/366, enumerated 18 Nov 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
N Horton 42 M   Farmer 200 NC
M     " 34 F       NC
R     " 16 F       SC
N C   " 15 M       "
B     " 13 M       "
James " 12 M       Ala
V N   " 10 F       "
A W   "  8 M       "
D V   "  7 F       "
S E   "  5 F       "
N     "  2 M       "
Jno?  " 3/12 M       "
Where is Araminta?  Is she V.N.?  Listed five households after Nimrod's brother, Abner HORTON, and one household before Jane WILLSON (æ 71, b. NC), who is almost certainly Margaret's mother.

5.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #68 of 87):  Scottsville P.O., on W Side Cahaba River, Bibb Co., AL, Roll M653_2, p. 724, 530/521, enumerated 21 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
N H Horton 54 M   Farmer $800 $1000 S Carolina
Margaret  do 48 F   Domestic     N Carolina
James H   do 21 M   Farmer     Alabama
Araminta  do 19 F         do
Alvin W   do 18 M         do
Dolly V   do 16 F         do
Surefeta? do 15 F         do
Nimrod    do 13 M         do
John      do 11 M         do
Alaway    do  8 M         do
Joseph W  do  5 M         do
If they were on the west side of the Cahaba River, then they were in the part of Bibb County that remained Bibb County, that is, they were not in what later became Chilton County, which is entirely east of the Cahaba River.

6.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  can't find, and I especially checked Baker County

7.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 33):  Beat Two, Chilton Co., AL, Roll T9_6, p. 19C, PN 35, SD 2, ED 27, enumerated 22 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 11 13 15 22 23 24 25 26
280 290 Horton Nimrod W M 74     /   Farmer Dispepsia     SC NC NC
    ______ Margeret W F 70 Wife   /   Keeping House     / NC AL AL
    ______ Alloway J W M 24 Son /     Laborer on Farm   / / AL SC NC
    ______ Sarepta E W F 26 Dau /     At Home     / AL SC NC
    ______ Margeret W F 18 Dau /     At Home       AL SC NC
    ______ Joseph W M 22 Son     / Laborer on Farm   / / AL SC NC
Margaret could only be their daughter if the mother's age here is way off.  Listed next to married son, Nimrod HORTON, Jr.  (æ 28, b. AL), and his family.

8.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

9.  OneWorldTree (online at Ancestry.com).

10.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

11.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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