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Re: Clark: Experienced researchers, HELP!
In Response To: Clark: Experienced researchers, HELP! ()
For option C to be correct, Manda would have to have been America. Now from my experience, I have seen census takers do some way out spellings, so this could be a possiblity. Manda could have been a nickname. You appear to have all of the bases covered. And I see that you have dived into the county records as well. After reading what you wrote and then seeing the census records myself, I would go with option C. But you are gonna need something to confirm it.
Can you assume that Manda Clark in 1870 is America Winbush in 1880?
I believe that you can. If Clark is for sure the maiden name for America, then you may have found her in 1870. However Manda is sometime short for Amanda. Could Manda be short for America? Had the census taker made a mistake? It is a possibilty. Or could Manda have changed her name to America?
By the way, you are doing some great reserch here. Keep it up.
Some suggestions and pointers.
1. If you have not done so, check the Deed and Superior records for any info on Jessie. As matter of fact, check all records for your ancesters doing the corresponding years. Be sure to check the newspapers for slave notices and obits.
2. Also, it appears that America was born a slave. So go ahead and research the white slaveholder of Jessie and see if she is listed as America or Manda. I found a lot of my ancesters in slave records, and answered a lot of questions.
3. Dont get discouraged if you dont find death certificates on your ancesters. Sometimes you are better for it because some death certificates have the wrong info. It depended on who was living when the person died. If a child was the reportant for the person who died, that child may not have known who the father and mother was of the person who died. My mother told me that back then, people did not talk to children about who their acesters were.