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Re: Martha Lee Brick Wall 2nd reply Ages
In Response To: Martha Lee Brick Wall ()
It looks as if you're going to have to do much more digging to get past your brick wall.
There are problems with the ages of this couple, as you have records showing their births in three different decades.
You gave information on Lenny/Lany/Louis McBroom
in 1880 26 b. ca 1853
and for Martha Lee/Mary McBroom/McGroom you gave
in 1883 26 b. ca 1857
The discrepancies are too great to determine which census reported the correct birth date. You will need to find other records to support a date.
There are things you can glean from the census information however:
1. First, in 1880 and 1900, the census stated that the birth places of Lenny's parents was not known. This could be due to the ignorance of the informant, or may actually reflect the fact that he did not know where his parents were born. All of the dates give him a possible antebellum time frame for his birth, and may suggest that he was either orphaned or enslaved. Either of the two cases would explain his lack of knowledge of his parents.
2. There was a consistency in the age gap (approximatelty 8-9 years) between Lenny and Martha/Mary on the 1883 marriage record and the 1910 census. This suggests that they (or their informants) were surer of their age gap than they were of their actual ages.
3. The change in names from Martha on the marriage record to Mary in the census suggests that you may be dealing with more than one woman or wife.
I have a few questions for you:
1. In the 1900 census, what did the columns show for years married, number of children born to the mother, and number of children living? Did the entry for years married show something like "M1" or "M2"?
If it shows fewer children than named in the 1900 census, then it might suggest that she was not the mother of all of the children in that household. And if this was the case, then it would lend support to the theory that Lenny had more than one wife. Again, you would need additional records to support one theory or the other.
2. Have you searched for marriage records for Lenny and Martha/Mary's children to see if they provide additional information about their parents?
3. Do you know when Lenny or Martha/Mary died? Do you have their death records? Have you checked newspapers for death notices or obituaries? Have you checked cemetery and church records?