21 December 2011

Oh, That Granny!

Anybody that has known me long at all knows that I am totally into genealogy. And tonight, this genealogist is on Cloud 9! I found a census report from the year 1900 that has unlocked a question I've tried to answer for the last thirty years and also answered a question that I didn't even know that I should have. Of course, it caused a few more questions, too. :)

My Great-grandma Carrie had sisters named Sallie and Mattie. Between the their three obituaries, their mother (my Granny Maggie Williams) had two different names listed as her maiden name. One's obit said Frazier and one said Roberson. This has always puzzled me and has been a very frustrating thing to try to sort out.

At the time of the 1900 Census, Granny Williams' sister was living with her and her children. This sister is listed as single and she has the last name of Roberson. I am ecstatic! A thirty year mystery is finally solved.

Also, I know now that my Grandpa Williams was already dead by the time of this census as it lists Granny Williams as a widow. Their youngest daughter is listed as six years old, with a birth year of 1894. So, Grandpa Williams died between 1894 and 1900. I had no clue about when he died before and now I have a date range to work with!

Now, for the bit of information that I didn't even know that I didn't know: My Great-grandma Carrie had a twin sister! How cool is that? Her name was Emma. I have no idea what happened to Emma. I never heard her name mentioned. I only ever heard talk about Great-grandma Carrie, Aunt Sallie and Aunt Mattie, nobody else.

This census also lists that Granny Williams was the mother of six children but that only four were alive at the time of this census. Now, my quest is to find out 1. what happened to Emma, 2. who the other two children were, and 3. pin down a death date for Grandpa Williams and to find out what took him so early on.

My youngest daughter has such a sense of humor. While I was telling her about Emma and wondering what happened to her, and sharing my plans to try to find that out, she made me laugh when she said "I hope it doesn't take you another thirty years!"

The 1900 Census information and image were found at:
1900 Census
Thank you, FamilySearch.org!


  1. I enjoy genealogy also. For Christmas this year, I made a memory book for my daughter with generations on my dad's side traced back 70 generations. It was a daunting task, but was made a bit easier, because they were Scottish and those clans kept excellent records. It is a fascinating study.

  2. @ArtyMarti

    I think that it is so cool that you've been able to research so far back on your daddy's side. That is just wonderful!

    My husband's line is Scottish, too. We have back to the 1600s on his family here in the US and I'm not sure at the moment how far back in the old country.

    Does your daughter enjoy researching family history as well? I think it is a wonderful tradition to pass on.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!


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