Could the confusion be in the 1870 census, where brothers Joseph and John Chitwood of Franklin Co, AR, have names switched? In previous postings I understand that you are saying that Malinda Pinion of 1870 GA is Martha Malissa Pinion Chitwood’s mother, and that Martha Malissa Pinion Chitwood and husband Joseph Chitwood had a daughter Martha Malinda Chitwood (b 1859 GA per 1860 census). That makes perfect sense to me. My interest is in the Chitwood families, however it is interesting to see the childrens' namesakes, such as Fletcher Chitwood named after his mother's brother Fletcher Pinion, and Daniel Chitwood named after his paternal grandfather.
Here are some census records for Martha Malissa Pinion Chitwood's family and also the family of her brother-in-law, John Chitwood:
---1860 Census Cass Co, GA, Cassville PO, p. 818(59-59): Joseph Chatwood 37 M Farmer 0-245 b 1823 GA, Martha M. b 24 F b 1836 GA, Martha M. b 1 F b 1859 GA, John Chitwood b 25 M Farmer b 1835 GA (brother).
---1870 Census Franklin Co, AR, Mulberry Twp, p. 48b line 34 (109-111): John* (s/b JOSEPH) Chitwood 40 M Farmer 0-100 b 1830 GA, Malissa 35 F b 1835 GA, Fletcher 3 M b 1867 GA, Cordelia 3 F b 1867 GA, Daniel B. 1 M b 1869 GA.
---1870 Census Franklin Co, AR, Mulberry Twp, Ozark PO, p. 48b line 30 (108-110): Joseph* (s/b JOHN) Chitwood 34 M Farmer 0-150 b 1836 GA, Amanda 30 F b 1840 SC, Lermutus J. 3 F b 1867 GA, Warren L. 1 M b 1869 GA.
---* brothers living next to each other are shown with incorrect given names in 1870 census –Joseph Chitwood m. Martha Malissa Pinion and John Chitwood m. Amanda Dean. Names in the following 1880 census records appear to be correct for the two Chitwood brothers:
---1880 Census Crawford Co, AR, LaFayette Twp, ED 48-23-1 (183-196): Joseph Chitwood 49 M b 1831 GA, Martha M. 47 wife b 1833 GA, Fletcher 13 son b 1867 GA, Cordelia 13 dau b 1867 GA, Daniel 11 son b 1869 AR, Annie M. 7 dau b 1873 AR, Daniel 84 father b 1796 SC.
---1880 Census Crawford Co, AR, Vine Prairie Twp, ED 48-46-9 (384-410): John Chilwood 46 M Farmer b 1834 GA(GA-GA), Amanda 40 wife b 1840 GA(SC-SC), Janie 14 dau b 1866 GA(GA-GA), Worn? 12 son b 1868 GA(GA-GA), Lavinia 10 dau b 1870 AR(GA-GA), Mary 7 dau b 1873 AR(GA-GA), Pleasant 3 son b 1877 AR(GA-GA), Leander 2/12 b 1880 AR(GA-GA).
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