Petitions often can place a person in a particular place between census records. The following petition shows T.J. Hackney living in the Bells Mines community of Crittenden County, Kentucky in 1869. The names of the signers to the petition were likely friends and neighbors who were familiar with his situation. The petition was found among loose county court papers, Crittenden County Clerk's Office, Marion, Kentucky.
Bells Mines Ky Aug 26"/1869
To the honorable County Court of Crittenden County & State of Kentucky we the undersigned citizens of Bells Mines dist do state that we are well acquainted with T.J. Hackney & know that he is not able to earn his living & he hereby petitions to the Court to be released from payment [of] pole [sic] tax.
Wm. J. Miller
J.T. Black, J.P.
T.J. Hackney and his wife, Elizabeth, were living next door to James and Martha J. McLean on the 1860 Crittenden County census. By 1870, T.J. and Elizabeth Hackney had moved to Caseyville, Union County, Kentucky and were living in the household of James and Martha McClain [sic]. Thomas Jefferson Hackney had married Mrs. Rachael Aron in 1831 Livingston County and Elizabeth Aaron in 1850 Crittenden County.
Published 8 January 2016, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/