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Missed in 1930 and 1940 Censuses?
I am coming to the conclusion that my father (along with many family members) was missed both in the 1930 and 1940 Censuses.
My father, James Leonard King Jr., was born in 1922 in Nashville, Tennessee and died there in 1977. He served in the US Navy and lived in California for many years. I can find his parents, James Leonard King and Thena Mai Watson, in the 1920 Census. Thena Mai Watson King died in 1933 and their 4 children, Hattie Mai, my father, Margaret and George W., were raised by family members. James Sr. is reported to have had alcohol issues and wandered off to Louisville, KY after my grandmother died.
I believe that the children spent some time with their maternal grandparents, Adam and Lenora Mayberry Watson. I can find Adam and Lenora in the Nashville City Directory in 1930. Adam died in 1931 but I can find Lenora in the 1941 Nashville City Directory. The address was the same, 902 Hawkins Avenue, Nashville, TN. Adam and Lenora had 13 children and most of the surviving children lived near their parents in Nashville. Some family members also lived at 819 9th Avenue South. Lenora passed away in 1964.
I was hoping to find my father either with the grandparents or other family members in the neighborhood. Although I am very certain that the King and Watson family members were in Nashville, TN, I’ve had no luck in finding them at FamilySearch or Ancestry.com in 1930 or 1940 Censuses. (I still have not found a way to make the new search functionality at ancestry.com efficient for me … but that’s a whole other story. )
In the 30s and 40s, the neighborhood where my family lived was referred to as Black Bottom, a very low income area that was later paved over for a highway.
If time permits, would someone please take a look at the 1930 and 1940 Censuses and see if you can find any trace of his family. I would just like to know if my family was missed.