I am so glad to hear from you. I wish I had more information. J. M. Valentine married T. M. Billington in 1885 Jack County, TX, although both families were living in Wise County according to the 1880 Census. It took me some time to dig through the census to find someone whose names could match the T. M. Billington.
We had always knew my grandfather had been married before, and thought he might have had another child.
A long time ago I received a letter from someone who ask me if he had ever been married before, and had a wife who died in a fire. Of course I had not heard that story, and still don't know that it was true.
By 1890 my grandfather was living in Stephens County, Indian Territory next to his parents William H. and Mary J. Smith Graham Valentine, and a sister Sarah Valentine Cartwright.
In 1896 he married my grandmother Arla Viola Skaggs in Dewey County, OK.. They lived there a couple years and moved back to Stephens County, and then back to Dewey County.
I read something about a Billington either living or dying around Markley, which I believe is in Young County. In 1888 my youngest great aunt Emma Valentine married a R. W. Crossman, and a newpaper article states after they were married they went back to the brides home for a party. I guess this means my great grandparents left Wise County for Young County, and possibly Jack County.
I had another aunt Rosa Charolette Valentine who married Smith McKinney. I believe this was in Montague County. My grandfather had a land grant or patent there.
Feel free to email me. I have sent out several letters, and hope to hear more. I would love to find out if there was a child and what happened to Tabitha.
My grandfather died whn my mom was only 3, and my mom died when I was 11, so the Valentines are very interesting to me.
If you notice lots of mistakes or sentences that don't make sense it's because I am tired.
Hope to hear from you again,