Saw on the rootsweb post that your Lafayette died in Whitfield county. went and looked and that is where your family is in 1870 also. In the city of Dalton pages 6 and 7. Page 7 has a stamped page number of 65. your Shumates and Bittings mentioned in the letter are on the same page. Lafayette is listed as age 44 Physician born in NC. If you want a copy of the census pages send an email and I will send them to you as attachments.