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Possibly Found My Aunt Sarah Walker

Oct 11 2006, I posted a message on the Brick Wall Forum about some of my more challenging ancestors to research. Part of that message was:

"Don't know anything about my aunt & uncle who were twins: George Jr & Sarah Albertha Walker. They were born abt 1892 in MS and are on the 1900 & 1910 MS censuses. They dropped off the face of the earth after that. None of the older relatives (who've already died) ever talked about them. Maybe they passed for white?"

In 1900, she is an 8 y/o living with her parents and siblings in Beat 1, Attala, MS. In 1910, she is a 17 y/o listed as "Albertha" living with some siblings and her widowed father, George Walker, in Beat 3, Attala, MS. Still cannot locate her in 1920, but have eliminated several married women who could have been her.

Well, I'm rubbing my nose from having put it to the grindstone again and may, MAY, have found my Aunt Sarah Walker in 1930:

Sarah Walker
Home in 1930: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
Age: 40
Estimated birth year: abt 1890
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Roomer
Race: Negro (Black)
Occupation: General houseperson for a private family
Parents' birthplace: Mississippi

Other Household Members:
Will Estell, HOH, abt 1891 AL
Katie Lewis Estell, wife, abt 1893 AL
John, son, abt 1912 AL
Jessie Lee Estell 15, dtr, abt 1915 AL

The reason I think this might be Aunt Sarah is that by 1930 all of the Walker's had migrated from MS to IL, MI, MO, PA and WI, but mostly to Cook and Kankakee Counties in IL. The IL Death Index also lists a negro Sarah Walker of a similar age who died 1934 in Cook County, IL. If this is she and she died a spinster, it would explain the lack of documentation and records for her. Ordering that death certificate has been added to my genealogical laundry list. Just wanted to share. Wish me luck!

Georgia Walker-Adams


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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