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Phyllis, Thank you! I'm sure you have found the right family here. I owe you a big one. Bawn! No wonder I could never find them! I looked at the 1850 census and Rebecca was 34, which would be the right age. I think you're right that "Alena" of the lawsuit could be Melissa, but Eveline's name doesn't appear on the suit, either. Neither does William's. "James H." has to be James Polk on the lawsuit and "JKP" on the 1860 Logan County, Ill., census -- for James K. Polk Bacon. Melissa was married to Morrison Meacham by 1860, and I suppose Eveline could have been, too -- or she may have died. Thomas Jefferson Bacon married Mary L. Gard, first cousin to Samuel Gard, who married Alice Jane Meacham. Alice Jane was Morris and Malisa's daughter. I don't know who Elizabeth Russell is, but a granddaughter of Mary Meacham Michael said Nathan Bacon died and Rebecca remarried to a man named Russell. Morrison's youngest sibling, Sarah Ann Meacham, married Charles Russell -- which may be significant or just a coincidence. Another family connection is that Thomas J. had a son George Washington Bacon, and GWB had a son Thomas Jefferson Bacon. The younger TJB married Edna Hurley, who was the aunt of my uncle by marriage, Elmer Hurley. Elmer Hurley was the husband of my aunt, Mary K. Meacham Hurley. Anyway, this 1850 census is a breakthrough for me, and I will follow up. I grew up in Logan County, Ill., so I'll be on familiar ground.