The 1850 census for McDonald County Missouri lists Thomas Pendergraft and his wife Emily M.E., and the first three of their children. Thomas was thirty years old which would make him born in 1820 which we already know. It lists Balinda A, William M. and John J. as being born in Missouri. The initials for Emily I would think stand for Martha Edson. I've found her in other places listed as Emily Martha Edson Oldfield. Was she married to an Oldfield after Thomas? My parents purchased a book in Noel, Missouri when they went back to my Dad's school reunion and to visit relatives. The book was put out by the McDonald County Press. There was one story on the Thomas Pendergraft family that said they came to Missouri around 1862 with their ten children. If you go by the 1850 census and their first child being born in Missouri and being three years old at the time of the census, then they would have been there by 1847. I descend from Wesley Powell Pendergraft,Thomas's brother, who is listed in the Barry County Missouri Census for 1850. It also has Moses, Wesley and Thomas's father. I think they all came to Missouri around 1839, because some of Wesley and Thomas's brothers and sisters were still living at home with their parents, Moses and Margaret. One sister, Angaline, was listed as age eleven in the 1850 census which would make her born in 1839. She was born in Missouri. The rest except for one was born in North Carolina. They must have been in Tennesse for a little while because their sister, Martha M. was listed as being born in Tennessee. One more question, I hope someone can answer for me. Which wife of Moses came first, Margaret Mashburn or Margaret Burton? Are all the children by Margaret Burton?