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Re: Jeff COLLIER: 1923 TX
In Response To: Re: Jeff COLLIER: 1923 TX ()

I've somewhat composed myself. Well not really but, I've stopped screaming at least (smile).

Just got off the phone with Jeff Collier's Great Granddaughter, Bernice, who lives in Sacramento and was raised by Millie and Asberry COLLIER. She was sleep but, she too screamed when I told her and soon got out of bed so we could put our heads together! The "Gladys HODGE' who was the Informant on Asberry'S DC was in fact the first cousin of Bernice. Gladys is listed in Asberry's household as a Granddaughter with the surname of MCPHAIL in the 1920 Census for Harrison County. Gladys married a man named Coleman HODGE so that's where the HODGE comes from. I wondered where Asberry was buried so now thanks to you I know that he's buried with his wife, Millie Norris COLLIER at Caanan.

Can you please tell me if the DC says that "RHODE HODGES" was born? I've seen MS and GA but, not sure which is correct?

EULA COLLIER is the 2nd wife of Houston. The first was one of the sisters of my GrGr Grandfather Sonny NORRIS, her name was Dina Norris COLLIER. The COLLIER's are having a Reunion in July of 2007 and I want to be able to share with them everything that I can learn about the COLLIER's since they married into my NORRIS line.

Can you confirm whether or not if "RHODE"is spelled the same way for all three on the DC's? I'm trying to find any proof of their marriage or perhaps Rhoda's past as it will take me another generation back. Figure that 1870 Census is probably my last chance to find a sign of Rhoda before facing the GREAT BRICK WALL of Slavery. So far no luck, I've looked for Rhoda in GA, AL and TX but, nada yet.

I'm taking a chance and assuming that the father of Jeff COLLIER is listed as unknown because Houston probably never knew the name of his Grandfather but, knew who his Grandmother was so I'm assuming that she lived longer than her husband. God rest his soul, wondering if we'll ever know who he was.

What really has myself and Cousin Bernice turning in our sleep is the fact that the Rhoda is shown as having given birth to 14 children with 11 still alive in the 1900 Census. No one in the family seems to have known that fact. I'm wondering if you have any tips for me as to how I can find the other children? I'm hoping that if I can find one of Jeff's sisters perhaps I'll see Malinda living with one of them. Mothers always seem to be living with one of the daughters rather than a son??

Again, thank you so much for making this a geneology red letter day and any tips you may have for me will be chased until I can't chase them any further.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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