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Re: What is your most interesting discovery?
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I recently got a copy of the original 1953 newspaper article from Louisiana about when my mother's grandmother was shot to death by her husband, Emmitt Dawkins Sr. We knew of the murder all these years and I only recently tracked down the article because my mother said there was also a photo of her grandmother. Turns out there was no photo. But, interestingly enough, Emmitt's first name was in the article: Hester! What a name for a man. My mother was surprised and said she'd never heard of that being his name. Maybe that's why he was reportedly so "mean and hateful". Guess he was the original "boy named Sue".
Another interesting thing was finding my grandpa George Walker with his first wife, Sarah, on 1880 MS Census, apparently with their first child, Luella/Louella, born 1879. Others in our family had been researching the Walker line years before I started but I was the only one to come across this first child! Of course, Grandpa George and Sarah are not on the 1890 census, but by the 1900 census, poor Luella/Louella is not listed with them. In fact, the 1900 census states that 2 of their children were dead. That means that Luella/Louella and one other unknown child died before 1900.
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