Thomasker2: Thanks for your reply. Having done research for about 50 yrs, I am well acquainted with lots of issues with the US census. I believe if you will examine the 1850 Appling Co, GA census you will see that this is indeed a METTS family. Never heard of the surname STITTS, however, I wouldn't be surprised if there isn't one. As to why I believe this is a METTS family, I have done extensive research on my Metts family tree and can assure you this is a Metts family. In 1860 they appear in the Escambia Co, FL census enroute to join other Metts relatives in Texas. It's unclear what happened to them between 1860-1870. Yellow fever had taken the lives of some of the other relatives, so it's quite possible that John & Lucinda also died from it. Through the years I have corresponded with descendants of this family. There was a "Metts Bluff" bordering the Eglin AF Base testing site, and Eglin assured me that a Metts cemetery was taken in as part of their property, but no record of any tombstones. I do appreciate your reply and wish you well.