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Thanks ever so much for the information you shared concerning our common ancestor. I did not have Thornton's marriage date to Mary McAbee. I descend from their daughter Emily who was born about 1856 in Cherokee Co., AL. Emily married James David "Dave" Hall on November 13, 1872 in Randolph Co., AL as evidenced by the Bible of James David Hall's younger brother John Edcur Hall. The web site you shared via the hyperlink was missing her marriage date and county in which she married, and Emily's approximate year of birth. Emily had been living with her older brother Thomas Jefferson McCarley in Randolph Co., AL for several years prior to her marriage as evidenced by the 1870 Federal Census for Randolph County.
Concerning the Thornton McCarley who married 1825 in Morgan Co., AL, I've been attempting to determine if and how he may be connected to the McCarleys of Spartanburg Co., SC. I thought it interesting that there appears to be a second (and apparently older) McCarley named Thornton in North Alabama during the early 1800s. Our Thornton McCarley who married Mary McAbee appears to have been born circa 1820 in SC, so he could not be one and the same as the Thornton McCarley of Morgan Co., AL who married in 1825. I've wondered if the name Thornton could have been an ancestral surname passed on as a given name by some of the descendants at that time - perhaps Ursulla, wife of David McCarley, could have been a Thornton????