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Re: Gardners in Virginia
In Response To: Gardners in Virginia ()
I hope we can help, but we may need a bit more information from you.
1. What is the step-brother's given name? There are several ways of searching, but a name really helps. If you cannot give the name, do you have an approximate date of birth?
2. Do you know to which Virginia city/county Virgil moved? This will be the target research area AFTER 1930.
3. Can you find the year (at least) of Virgil's death, assuming he is deceased?
4. Do you know the name of this step-brother's mother? Her obituary may also list living relatives, including her son.
5. Siblings may also have been close enough to warrent mention of their brother / step-brother in their obituary.
So, you need to follow the FAMILY, not just one person. Fortunately, no matter how much we try, we are NOT islands. Most of us really do live in a community of relatives and friends.
Did you locate him in the 1930 census?
Is this your Virgil?
Virgil Gardner - River, Warren, North Carolina, born about 1895. It MAY be the right one, since he is listed as born in NC. He is a boarder and working in the saw mills.
James V. Gardner is 11 years old and living with Richard and Lucy, who are 'mis'(?) named as grandparents.
Virgil is the 2 year old son of Richard and Lucy Gardner. Other siblings in the household are William, Hattie, Carrie, and John. Lucy had 8 living children (of 10 born).
One additional child was Anna (Gardner) Turner, who died in Warren NC. She was born about 1887. Her parents were Richard Gardner and Lucy Robertson.
She is not recognized by that name in the family's 1900 census entry.
[This led to a search down this line.]
Annie G. Turner was the wife of Richard Turner. They lived in Sixpound, Warren in 1930 with 7 children.
In 1920, they are in River, Warren, NC with 6 children.
In 1910, they are in Sixpound, living with Thomas Gardner (57), and his wife, Mollie.
In 1900, 12 year old Annie Gardner is living with Cousin Thomas W. Gardner and his wife, Mary.
This summary is important to give others enough information to help in your search (excluding 1870).
Which relatives may have living descendants that would be easier to follow?
Finally, which relatives were a part of his CORE family group until he moved away.
Did he move to Virginia because a related was already there?
If so, then we know from the records that 'A' William was in Norfolk in 1921 - and MAY have worked in the funeral business. How may other relatives were in the area by 1930?
A 'cousin', Nettie Boyd, is listed in the Social Security death index for Richmond, Virginia.
Her sister, Martha Turner Palmer, has a North Carolina death record. Her parents were Richard and Annie Gardner Turner.
There are two other siblings that MAY be still living, or have living relatives (still) in Warren.
I guess the main point is to EXPAND your search. Although you may NOT find your grand-father DIRECTLY, you can find out ABOUT him. This will lead you to relatives you never knew you had - AND ONE of them may know where you can find your uncle or one of his family members.
Sometimes in genealogy, answers come when you are looking elsewhere.