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Skyles Family

I am researching Laura Skyles (Sept 1851 to 12 Sept 1925) my 2nd great grandmother. I am trying to discover information on her early life. I know she married Sam Jones 15 Feb 1872 in Haywood County, TN. I am unable to locate Laura and Sam in the 1880 census. I believe I located her in the 1870 census living with Mealie and Jackson Vaulx under the name of Laura Vaulx. By 1900 she is widowed. Laura and Sam had 8 children;
1. Robert Jones born abt 1870
2. Effie 12 Nov 1871 to 01 Feb 1933 married to James Peters/Peterson and George Kelley
3. Lewis 09 Nov 1874 to 20 Feb 1955 married to Emma Thomas
4. Edward Dec 1878
5. Andrew 08 Dec 1882
6. Clay 16 Jan 1885 to May 1972married to Emma Powell
7. Lonnie abt 1886 married to Roberta Roberson
8. Leverone 26 Oct 1888 married to Rosa Lee

Based on Laura's death certificate her mother's name appears to be Melinda and there is not a father listed.

I recently connected with a cousin on I emailed her on a whim because she corrected the name of Skyles on a record. I wanted to know if she had a woman named Laura in her tree that she lost track of her. She asked was I descended from Laura and Sam Jones and then she informed that Laura had 2 siblings named Amealie/Mealie Caldwell/Coldwell and Marshall Skyles. My cousin was told this by Mealie's grandson who had a picture of Aunt Laura, Uncle Marsh and his wife Aunt Judy. Marshall's death certificate listed his father as Thomas Skyles. I am unable to locate Mealie after the 1910 census and I cannot locate a death certificate for her.

I cannot find any information on Melinda Skyles or Thomas Skyles. My cousin said she believed that Thomas Skyles owned all of them. I am not sure if Thomas Skyles the father is the same person as Thomas Skyles the owner. I looked for Thomas Skyles and I conducted a search for Skyles in the surrounding counties and I found one. I checked the slave schedules and he did have slaves that corresponded with the ages of my relatives. I contacted the Haywood County Clerks office about hiring somebody to conduct research for me because I do not live close to TN. They were unable to locate a will, list of inventory or anything associated with Thomas Skyles. There is not a paper trail of him selling or buying slaves in Haywood County, TN. He appears to have disappeared after the 1850 census, where he is living alone.

I am not sure of where to look next. Any ideas will be appreciated.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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