Respectfully, I disagree with you. The MO place of birth shows up on later censuses, about 1870, I think...and Marshall L.'s shows up on a different census than his two younger siblings. I believe that the city of Ripley was at one time in Jefferson County, Mo and later divided with a county Ripley being formed. When Washington first got to Jefferson Co, he was in the location of Valle. As for the posted family members information, some of them have bits of truth, but I've not found any of them to be accurate with associated documentation. As for a Stephen Stephens, that name has never been in my family tree until the 1960s whereas all the other names until the 1920s were family names handed down from generation to generation. Just my personal opinion but I think Washington's father will turn out to be a John or William with some speculation that eventually we may connect to Dr. John Stephens of England, but again that's just a guess. Doctor Stephens was on the deed/grantee-grantor list you sent me previously so Doc (and that's the name he went by) is found in MO records. I have quite a bit researched on Sarah Jane Holland's line who came out of Greene County, TN. Washington and Judah had several adult children who appeared on the 1840 census in age groups who are never known by name on later censes as they are on their own with some moving to other locations than with their parents. You are right, they were not counted twice on the same census (although it has been known to happen in the event of a move)which is why I know this Washington was already in Valle, Jefferson, MO by 1840. He had bought land just prior to the census, also in Valle, Jefferson, MO. But he is buried in Ripley, MO according to others' research. I will continue looking and have already gone extensively into the census records, all locations for about the same time.