Thursday, February 23, 2006

A Maiden Name Puzzler: Too Much Evidence

I started with this:
1870 Saline Co., MO Census, Saline County, MO
Grand Pass Township, Page No. 40, 26th Aug 1870 by G.W. Gilmore, P.O. Brownsville,
line 26, 291/306 EDWARDS M. 55 MW Farmer 4800/960 N Carolina,
M. 57 FW Keep House Tennessee,
H.R. 19 MW Farm work Missouri attended school,
R.B. 18 MW " " [Farm work] " [Missouri] attended school,
A.A. 16 MW " " [Farm work] " [Missouri] attended school,
L.M. 14 FW " [Missouri] attended school,
KESTERSON Wm 29 MW Farm Laborer " [Missouri],
line 33? 292/307 EDWARDS E.F. 35 MW Farmer 1000/493 " [Missouri],
M.M. 25 FW Keeps House " [Missouri],
G.A. 7 FW " [Missouri] attended school,
M.E. 2 FW " [Missouri]

I thought the "R.B." - who frustratingly appeared as "R.B" in the 1860 Johnson Co., MO Census as well - must be this fella:
Missouri Marriages, 1851-1900,, Name: Richard B. Edwards
Spouse: Matilda Jane Weddell
Marriage Date: 17 Jan 1878
Performed By: W. Purcell
Title: J. P.
Comment: Page 231
Marriage Records of Saline County, Missouri Volume IV Book D 1874-1881.

And the same guy here:
Grand Pass Township, S.D. 6, E.D. 59, Page No. 19/366A
tenth June 1880 by WL Purcell
line 11, 143/145 EDWARDS Richard B WM 28 M Laborer Mo N.C. Tenn
Angeline M WF 20 Wife M Keeping House Va Va Va

But the "Matilda Jane" and the "Angeline" didn't seem to match...

I did manage to find this:
Saline Co., MO Cemetery Records,, (Cemetery Records of Saline County, Missouri Volume II), Name: R. B. Edwards
Birth Date: 11 Dec 1851
Death Date: 07 Dec 1889
Cemetery: Grand Pass.

and in the same cemetery record this:
Name: Julina M. Edwards
Birth Date: 21 May 1860
Death Date: 02 Feb 1940
Cemetery: Grand Pass

And I wasn't having any luck finding "Matilda Jane Weddell" anywhere, so I tried to find this Julina M. [Edwards].

Found her in 1900:
State Missouri
County Saline
Grand Pass Township
s.d. 7, e.d. 127, Sheet No. 2B
4 June 1900 by John H. Hughes
line 62, 35/35 EDWARDS Julina Head WF May 1860 40 Wd 12/7 Virginia Virginia Virginia Owns Mortgaged Farm
Rosie P Daughter WF Oct 1886 13 S Missouri Missouri Virginia attended school 7 months
Myrtle? L Daughter WF Mar 1888 12 S Missouri Missouri Virginia attended school 9 months
Goldie A Daughter WF Mar 1890 10 S Missouri Missouri Virginia attended school 9 months
Addie C Daughter WF Feb 1892 8 S Missouri Missouri Virginia attended school 9 months
Gracie D Daughter WF Jan 1894 6 S Missouri Missouri Virginia attended school 9 months
James F Son WM Mar? 1896 4 S Missouri Missouri Virginia
Oscar T Son WM Dec 1897 2 S Missouri Missouri Virginia
EDWARDS Charles Brother WM Mar 1874 S Missouri Virginia Virginia R R Laborer unemployed 6 months

And why oh why couldn't they have gotten her brother's last name right?! It would have saved steps...but there still seemed to be a problem: Richard B. Edwards was dead by 1889.

But throwing in Julina b. Virginia brought up this:
Page No. 48
Jacksonville Township, County of Floyd, State of Virginia
6 July 1870 by BP Elliott
P.O. Floyd CH Va
line 32, 363/345 WEDDLE Elijah 33 MW Farmer 200/180 Va
Mary J 28 FW House Keeping "[Va]
Julina M 10 FW "[Va]
Almodoris 5 FW "[Va]
Leveretta 3 FW "[Va]
Fulks 1 MW "[Va]
DICKERSON Amanda C 16 FW Domestic "[Va]
[next door Andrew and Barbara Weddle]

and tracing Elijah brought up this:, 1880 United States Census
Elijah WEDDELL Self M MW 43 VA Farmer VA VA
Mary J. WEDDELL Wife M FW 38 VA Keeping House VA VA
Amanda WEDDELL Dau S FW 15 VA No Occupation VA VA
Feagan WEDDELL Son S MW 9 MO At Home VA VA
Charles WEDDELL Son S MW 7 MO At Home VA VA
Lula W. WEDDELL Dau S FW 3 MO At Home VA VA
Source Information: Census Place: Grand Pass, Saline, Missouri, Family History Library Film: 1254716, NA Film Number: T9-0716, Page Number: 368D

Bingo, it had to be our girl.

Julina Matilda Weddle Edwards.

And I believe the tombstone record is mistaken. Richard B. Edwards would have died in 1899.