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Re: Inaccuracies in Death Certificates

Hello Family,

Inaccuracies occur everywhere. I was looking for the name of my ggrandmother. I wanted to be sure. I had heard Martha, Lucy, Beatrice, etc. From my grandmother's sister Mary's obituary, the name was Lucy Moore. Lucy Moore took care of another sister Juliette when the real mother Clara died in 1921. From speaking with Juliette's son and finding them in 1930 I knew this to be true. But here was the mystery: Where are the other children in 1930. I found her husband remarried in 1930 still in Perry County. I found Mary married to Jesse Woods in Perry County, and I found Willie the only boy married to Annie. But where was my grandmother Hattie? (Hope I'm kinda making sense).

Well, finally got back Hattie's marriage certificate (also finally knew that Clara was the mother. Clara only had two children in 1910, here's the inaccuracy, there were enumerated under the wrong name in 1920, that's why I couldn't find them. I had looked in the right spot countless times) thanks Regina - anyway on my grandparents Hattie and Ike's certificate, she lists her mother as Beatrice Lewis (driving me crazy), but I can understand her doing this because Clara died when she was 1 or 2 years old (depending on birthdate on certificate or 1920 cenus when she was enumerated as Hattie James which is her father's middle name (Willie James Lewis). Regina said that when asked his name, he said Willie James and the enumerator probably never asked what his last name was so James it was.

Now, I've got to figure out who Beatrice Lewis was. Was she an aunt, foster parent, etc. Hattie was also previously married to a Wyatt, and married my grandfather in 1930 in Gadsden, and lived in Alabama City. So, this is where I'm looking for Beatrice and Hattie right now. Another link is that Clara died at age 27 from TB children raised by others and my grandmother Hattie died at age 31 and children raised by others. Eventually I want to see who passed the TB down to the females in my family. Some test positive now, but no one has ever had it in this generation. Sorry for being so long, just how inaccuracies can be found by being told, on paper etc. But yesterday, coming home from school, I was feeling some kind of way because of what my mom missed out on (tears started to actually fall), but I was also grateful that I had her and that she had survived, even being placed in orphanges and foster homes. Title of proposed book - Hattie's Girl :)


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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