This is a very old post, but just to make a correction, Thomas Shepherd and Phoebe L. Parris had one child together, Martha Jane. She was my g grandmother. Phoebe had another child at the end of the Civil War with another man, Levi Burton Crawford. She was named Belle V. Parris who married a Cutcher. Thomas and Phoebe divorced and went on to marry other people. Where did you get the parents of Nathan?