Sunday, February 11, 2018

#52ancestors - Valentine

A vintage pop-up Valentine sent to my mother, when she was a little girl. I don't know the date, but she was born in 1921, so it was probably sometime in the 1920's. The back says to: Geneva. from: Aunts. The aunts are probably Aunt Fannie, Ivey and Billie Cummins, sisters of my mother's mother, Mary Cummins Gray. The aunts lived together in their later years and earned a living by running a boarding house in Old Eddyville Kentucky.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

#52ancestors - In The Census

I learned SO many interesting things from the U.S. Census records, but I'll make this a short entry.  Elizabeth Jones married Willard C Town in 1840 in Caldwell County Kentucky.  He died in 1847.  I had found her in the 1870 census, living with her oldest son and still showing her married name, Elizabeth Town, so it was a shock to find her, with her children, living with Samuel Pearce and going by the name Elizabeth Pearce in the 1860 census.  A trip to the courthouse was needed.  Sure enough, she had married Samuel Pearce in 1859, but they divorced on Tuesday the 9th of June in 1868 by petition of Samuel.  Sure would like to know more.....   Genealogy is such a wonderful mystery trip!!!

One more note.  Those frustrating things that happen between those ten years between census records:
A birth and subsequent death of a child (pre birth certificates; no burial record as probably buried on the home farm.....
A marriage and divorce in between census records.
A marriage and a death between census records.....

More mysteries....