Thanks. Yeah that is pretty much what I've run across as well. I know he lived in Desoto county prior to moving to Texas and that he was born in Johnston county, NC. I had come across that marriage certificate listing her and William H Stevens in 1834 which fits with his birth being in 1836 or 1837. I had also come across an 1880 census showing his mother living with him in Desoto county and her name being listed as E S Allen. William H Stevens seems right also because he named his oldest son, my grandfather, William Harry Stevens. I keep hoping to find something more solid, but I will probably have to wait till I can take a DNA test.