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Re: Brantley - Female Marriages
In Response To: Brantley - Female Marriages ()
The best way to find daughters if there is no marriage record is to do a first name search in the county since in 1870 they rarely married out of the area.
First list the ages and approximate dates of birth of the daughters then look for them in 1880 to see if they are still living or if there are age adjustments.
Then check 1900 census for the county and narrow down anyone with that first name that fits the age group. Follow that woman in later census periods to see if she names her children after parents or sisters and brothers. Look for the marriage, death or divirce record for her or an obituary. Obits for Charlotte for example might name her children under a married name.
Look also for the sons see if a sister and husband are living with them or a niece/nephew.
See if you can identify a church the family attended there may be records there.
Find out the local cemeteries and see who did colored burials. There may even be other types of notices in the local paper.
To give you an example Indiana Brantly is listed in 1870 as 16 (so born around 1854)
In 1900 there is only one black woman with first name Indiana in the county in that age range:
Name: Indiana Cummings
I would look very closely at her.
There is also a widowed Nora Walker who has children named Brantly
Name: Nora Walker
I would look at her too
Hope this helps,