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AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum

Re: No matter how hard I try, wall won't break!

Hello Art!

First let me say, the bricks are starting to fall again and I am getting a peak at the past! The information you and Ron provided opened up a door that has been shut for so many of my family member's lives. If only my grandmother were alive to hear what she never knew.

I do believe that this is "my" Endabelle and that she was Major's daughter as an informant on the Death Certificate. Per the death certificate, Major's father was named Major too and both had wives with common spellings of the same name Mary, Maria, Mariah. To further assure this was the same Billingsley(sp) family of Endabelle in Ohio, I looked up their address and it seemed that my family all lived up and down So. 8th Street in Ironton according to records I've retrieved, so I would have to say yes, this is her and her father. I also found that Major's wife soon past away (1923) after arriving in Ironton, Ohio.

Ron provided another breakthrough in the wall. I remember my grandmother telling me when I was a child that she had a baby brother who died when she was a child. I found that she had Two baby brothers! I found the first one stillborn in 1919 and the second one from the info Ron provided. My grandmother probably never knew about the first baby.

I don't know how I missed all of this while reviewing records, but I'm sure glad I posted here in this forum. I'm also curious about another Major N. Billingsly(sp) who was a slave owner in the same area. I read some excerts on familysearch.org and ancestory.com about him, his will, etc. I need to do some more research on these Majors... :) There may be some connection, you never know.

Of course I have already placed my orders for several films to view. I can't wait to go visit the LDS Center when they arrive and tell them what I've learned thus far.

Regarding Lawyer Williams, I don't think that was him in the link. I found his WWI Draft Card with Leola as his wife in Standard, LaSalle, Louisana. This is my grandfather's side of the family. There are so many secrets hidden on this side that I'm researching and revealing. It just tickles me when I tell my mother different from what she was told and thought she knew of her father. "People aren't always who they say there are or the child of who is said to be" :D ...... History tells it all and like they say, "What's done in the dark, soon comes to light!" (My quest is to find how my grandmother and grandfather are related with the same maiden and married name "Williams.")

Thanks.....April


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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