Surnames and Family Research Forum
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 ancestry.com. 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.