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Re: William H Foye Sr of NC and VA

Your message prompted me to once again look at my maternal grand mothers family. They are absolutely no where to be found in 1900, at least in and around Easley Pickens Co. SC. I can find them in 1870, 1880 and 1910. I've found my grand mothers siblings and their families in 1910 to the present. I still did not find them in 1900 *but* I did find new pieces of the puzzle. Thirteen(13) people in a family group doesn't just disappear!

I figured they were either out in the fields, traveling or moved to another area and eventually returned to SC. Most likely it could have been just human nature, in the form of a lazy enumerator, that didn't give a you know what! Ten years between census, plus no 1890 census is a long time. My great grand parents are buried in Mauldin's Cemetery in Easley SC. I can find a death cert image for my great grand father, William L Davis but nada for great grand mother, Amanda Frances Sparks Davis. She passed in 1928 and well within the time frame for South Carolina death records and images, online at LDS and

The other day I found a 2004 obit that tied my great grand mother's 1880 census listing as a niece to a David Blassingame HOH, to her niece. She is a Sparks but her brother is a McDaniel. It seems that her brothers grandaughter, Ophelia Terrell married a Blassingame. I had previously found only 1 census listing for Amanda's niece Helene McDaniel Terrell and John Henry Patrick aka Patsy Terrell. I just need to solidify that information connection.

A few months ago, I was contacted via and helped a very extended family member find her relatives. These Newkirks were in NC, VA, then Hancock Miss and finally ended up in Tensus LA. We couldn't believe it, but based on the census occupation listed, a couple of family members were Turpintine/tree worker. I guess we searched for every AA Lester Newkirk in the country. I could follow these Newkirk family members travels. After that find, I was led to an online PDF file which was a tribute, memorial and History of a church in Hancock Miss, with a complete Newkirk and extended family tree. My extended Newkirk relative had a copy of this document but she doesn't acknowledge maiden names of wives. As an exp.,John Smith's wife is Mrs John Smith not Mary (nee)Jones Smith. I next found an online obituary for nephew Edger, that corroborated and validated the info previously found.

I find that when I step away from a family and later return for another look, retrace my steps and just come up for air, I seem to always find a new piece of the puzzle.

As Brooke Benton sang, It's just a matter of Time! I'm sure that, once I find that 1900 census listing, If it exist, it will be perfectly obvious and trivial why I originally missed it.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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