Loved that tidbit on Sarah Belle being surpised by W M McMurrey's 6 children after William and Sarah's marriage in 1847.
My G-grandfather was John Taylor the child born that led to the death of his mother Mary Elizabeth McMurrey (Taylor) in 1846, W M's first wife. So John Taylor was just a toddler when Sarah Belle married and knew no other mother.
I have often wondered if there was any step-family concerns.
My G-grandfather in 1860 Census at age of 16 shows in the shousehold of his uncle R L McMurrey and not of the household of W.M. and Sarah. Of course, my G-grandfather may have been just apprenticing to his uncle R.L. McMurrey as a blacksmith. My G-Grandfather later worked as a blacksmith after raising his family until the turn of the century.