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Re: Mystery cemetery
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Great Information!!! I reviewed the posting from 2003 between Alana and Zena. There truly are stories to told. Alana's posting of November, 2003, list my G-Grandfather, J L (James Lee) Washington and G-Grandmother, A L (Anna Dickerson) Washington, as well as their son Redic( Reddick) are listed among those buried there.
My grand aunt, Marie Washington Gardner, told me that her mother,Anna Washington, died giving birth to a son, Jimmy. At the cemetery, which I now know is the Washington Cemetery, a neighbor lady, Edna Pearson, told James Lee Washington that he could not raise an infant so he gave her custody of the boy but he did not survive infancy.
Also, James Lee had a half sister, Helen Washington who, in the 1880 US census was about 22 years old, and living in the household of "M" Washington, age 60 and her mother, Matilda, age 37. At the time, Helen had two children, Louise Washington, age 7, and Emmet Washington, age 1. There was a third child born later, Erise Hare but, she apparently went by the surname Washington. Per the Cross County marriage certificate, Helen married Louis Hare in July 1882.
In 1904, Per Cross CO Certificate of Marriage, at age 46, Helen Married Gilbert Cole, also 46. In the 1920 census they are still living in Mitchell township with their son Charles, 14, and three "Orphants" (sic) Jennie Adair, F B 16; Quitillia Hack F B 14; Harris Hack M B 12.
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