Hi, my name is Robert David Bolan. Robert Bolton is apparently my Great Grandfather. My father, Robert Leroy Bolan, was told by his Father, Newton Bolan, that Bolton changed his name to Bolan due to his troubles in Missouri. My uncle, Nick has verified that he was told the same story. Bolton brought at least his two sons (there are also 2girls listed in the 1860 census) to Alex City, Al. They are Bolan's, too. Their families still reside in that area. Bolton had another family by Mrs Burks which is my side.
Interesting fact found in the 1860 census was the name of the town Bolton lived in... Bowlin, Missouri.
Bolton joined the Confederate Army, was captured and joined the Union Navy. Have documentation of these events on my family tree. Bolan Family. There is more there if you care to look.