I had noticed Morris Towles on the 1860 census record and agree that he would be a brother or half-brother to your Toliver Towles.
After I sent my first answer to you, I went back and took a good look at the 1850 Dale Co, AL census record, 0348-page 332, Family 18. As you know the listed head of household is William Towles (Toles), age 76 (thus born in 1774). This is the father of my Toliver Towels (b: 7 Jan 1800 in Edgefield Co., SC d: 14 Jun 1873/Chambers Co, AL). As you mentioned your Toliver Towles (b: 1848), son of William M (N) Towles (b: 1816) & Martha, is listed as being born in Illinois. Also, on the 1850 Dale Co, AL census, William & Martha Towles son, John Towles, age 6 (b: 1844), is listed as being born in Illinois. So, on second thought, I do not think there is a census error. It looks like William M (N) Towles & Martha were in Illinois for a short period of time, and then they came back to Alabama and were living in the household of William M. Towles’ father, William Towles (b: 15 Jun 1774 in Ninety Six Dist, SC d: 14 Oct 1854 in Dale Co, AL) when the 1850 census was taken.
Also, William Towles (Toles) is on the 1820 Edgefield Dist, SC census, o173 (page 107). This is William Towles (b: 15 Jun 1774 in Ninety Six Dist, SC d: 14 Oct 1854 in Dale Co, AL). The interesting thing is the number of people in the household. They are as follows: males to age 10-two; males age 10-16)-one; males age 16-26 [one of these should be my Toliver Towles, born 7 Jan 1800 in Edgefield Co, SC]; males 45 & over [William, b: 1774]; females age 10 to 16-one; females 45 and over-One [this would be Catherine Culbreath. Since your William Towles was born about 1816, he would have been about 4 years old in 1820, and I would project that he was one of the males listed as age 10 or under on the 1820 Edgefield Dist, SC census. Only nine households down from William Toles (Towles) is John Towles. John is listed as age 45 or over (thus the same age as William Towles, b: 15 June 1774). I would project that this John Towles (b: 1775 or before) is the brother of William Towles (b: 15 Jun 1774).
By the way, the last 10 years I have been doing research on my Couch line, which includes an extensive study of my Towles line (which is the same as your Towles line) back to Virginia. I traced the family during the Revolutionary War, and my wife and I visited the general location where they lived in South Carolina in 2008. A cousin of mine, who is an attorney with the Texas Attorney General’s office, and I wrote a book on our family history. I will be happy to crop the chapter out that has extensive research on the Towles Family, cut a CD and mail it to you, if you will email me the address to mail the CD to. If interested email me at: email@example.com
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