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chiseling the wall?

I need your opinions, I really don't want to misstep on this particular line.

My family's oral history states that Ola's' mother's name was Kizzy and that Kizzy's mother's name was Hett. From Ella's (Ola's daughter) death certificate, I learned that Ola's maiden name was Ridley. [source Ella Mitchell death certificate on the pilot site. She died Sept 9, 1946 in Birmingham, Jefferson County Alabama] I couldn't find anything for Ola Ridley, nor have I located Ola's death certificate but I did find a Kizzy Ridley in Decatur County Georgia where Ola lived. I construsted a tree for Kizzy Ridley, but I also constructed a tree for a Kizzy Williams of Decatur County because I thought Kizzy Williams was going to be the Kizzy I was seeking. At first nothing panned out for either ladies, until I discovered that Kizzy Ridley died in 1930 so I found her on the unindexed death certificates for Georgia [source Georgia virtual collection death certificate number 29406, I've attached the image here as well]. I found the record and her mother was listed as Hettie Rambo. Kizzy Ridley lived with her son Berl so he is the informant, no father is listed. I've been told that we had Rambo relatives living near Miami but still I didn't get that gut feeling that I usually get when I'm on the right track so I'm not 100% comfortable that Kizzy Ridley is the Kizzy the Kizzy that I seek.

One thing that does stick out is George Williams is listed as Kizzy's grandson on the 1900 census (enumerated June 1st) Williams is Ella's maiden name and in 1900 Ola who went by Ola Moore is living with Ella and her husband Tobe Mitchell also in the house is a George Moore, listed as Ola's son, which would make him Ella's brother and once again, Ella's maiden name is Williams. This census was enumerated on June 18th.

To further confuse the situation, I found a Hettie Sheker Rambo living in Decatur county Georgia, but the 1900 census says she was born in 1795 but the 1880 says she was born about 1817 in South Carolina. Kizzy was born approx 1850 so 1817 would be appropriate while 1795 wouldn't be. Hettie is listed as mulatto, which would be consistent with oral history that says her mother was white. Also, Hettie Sheker Rambo was born is South Carolina and Kizzy's census records consistently say that her mother was born in Georgia.

here is the link to the new tree I've constructed...

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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