Thank you so much Merrill. I appreciate your response. My partner back there must have gotten mixed up. He said he had been looking thru the delayed birth records and found a Manuel "Jasper" PARTON. He must have gotten mixed up. I know where Towns Co. is -- it was taken from Union Co and that is where my Partins were, although I think at some point they were up in NC -- death certificate of one child said father from Jackson but there was no Jackson then. Thanks again. If you happen to run across a Luther Parton, give me a yell, probably born sometime between 1870-1900.