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More about my Monix search
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I'll try to address all your points here.
Here's the family group again:
Head: George Monix (b.Aug. 6, 1868 - d.Nov. 28, 1950) - could have been recorded as mulatto
CENSUS SEARCHES: I have not found George, Mary, Alberta nor Clarence in 1900. I have not found George nor Mary in 1880 or 1870. "George Monix" is too rare and "Mary Jones" is too common.
1910 NEIGHBORS, WASHINGTON CO.: I've tried tracking their 1910 neighbors back to 1900 with no avail. My Monix's have a history of moving around (from ca. 1940 onward the grandkids remember that they moved three times in Bolivar Co.). I have no clue who their extended family might be...there were no Jones or Munnicks families nearby in 1910. According to my census availability maps, here were no county line changes for Washington Co. from 1880 to 1910.
MARRIAGE: I have no idea where they married. I have no oral information for them. George was a very strict man...his grandchildren remember that he wasn't very approachable, so they didn't ask him any grown-folks business.
CLUES REGARDING POSSIBLE RESIDENCE 1900: The only clues I have that they may have been in Washington Co. in 1900 are the birth places & dates for two of their sons:
FAMILY LIFE IN BOLIVAR CO. (1916-1960's): According to George Monix's death certificate, the family moved to Bolivar Co. ca. 1916. They were sharecroppers all they way up through the 1960's. They were relatively "middle class"...George eventually promoted himself to "fourth shares", which was seen as much more advantageous than common sharecropping. They lived a rough country life (fetching water, churning butter and such) but George's grandson George remembers that their family had a lot of property (their own mule, chickens, cow, plow, etc.) compared to other black families.
I'm not sure what the family's condition was in Washington, though...the grandkids only recall their lives in Bolivar. They don't know anything about Washington Co.
They were farmers...how can I use this info to further my research? Do you think rental agreements or deeds mentioning my ancestors might exist? Agricultural census?
ORAL INFO ABOUT GEORGE MONIX: The concensus is that he was a "half-breed"...one grand-daughter-in-law even recalls that he looked like "an Indian from television". He was missing an arm. Someone surmised it was from a cotton ginning accident. Could I possibly use this as a lead?
ALABAMA AND OTHER STATES: I have not tried other states yet, because I don't know where to even begin. I have no idea when he left Perry Co., AL. I've looked at Soundexed "Monix" in AL, but I've seen no promising leads. George's grandson George recalls that George's daughter Mary went to Louisianna once, and someone (maybe Golden) went down there to bring her back to MS. But this was after 1940. You're right, AK and LA are not far from Washington Co. at all. I'll keep those possibilities in mind.
Thanks for your advise. Please stay in touch.
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