28 September 2012

In Three Places at Once

Comments after the jump.

 Mary Jane Madison Johnson
 Born: 13 May 1836

 1880 Census
 (date, residence, family surname; head of household, spouse, and children)
 June 7, Polk GA, Johnson; William 40, Mary J 43, Andrew J 15, Mattie 14, Lou Ella 11, Lara 9, Rosa 5

 June 18, Paulding GA, Walker; William 53, Mary 46, Margaret 24, Hillyard 13, Robert G 6

 June 28, Lincoln LA, Walker; Mary J 44, Wid. or Div., John R 22, Drucilla 14, Nannie L 12, Mary E 10, William M 8

 ⓑⓐⓡⓚⓘⓝⓖ  ⓤⓟ  ⓣⓗⓔ  ⓦⓡⓞⓝⓖ  ⓣⓡⓔⓔ

Of course the children from all those censuses and more are listed as the children of Mary and three different spouses. One of those spouses, Lon Johnson, she supposedly married in 1855 and 1891. Those marriages are both sourced with the 1900 US Census. The census that says the couple had been married for 45 years. Yup, good source for an 1891 marriage.
Mary is in the direct line of the home person on this tree. The line goes down through her son, John Russell Walker, born 1857 in Louisiana.
Here are all of Mary's spouses and children. The names in bold are the only ones that look to be correct.

 William Johnson, B: 1840
 Andrew J, B: 1865
 Mattie, B: 1866
 Lou Ella, B: 1869
 Lura, B: 1871
 Rosa, B: 1875

 William Wesley Walker, B: 1829
 Margaret, B: 1856
 John Russell, B: 1857
 Priscilla, B: 1866
 Hillyard, B: 1867
 ? L, B: 1868
 Mary E, B: 1870
 William M, B: 1872
 Robert G, B: 1874

 Lon Johnson, B: 1832
 Emer I, B: 1858

 No Spouse
 Emer I Wall, B: 1858
 Andrew J Johnson, B: 1865
 Mattie Johnson, B: 1866
 Lou Ella Johnson, B: 1869
 Lura Johnson, B: 1871
 Rosa Johnson, B: 1875

Based on the information on this tree I haven't included William Wesley in bold. The only record attached to him is the 1880 census record from Paulding, Georgia, despite the fact that he has an 1875 death date. That in turn led to Margaret, Hillyard and Robert being included wrongly. And of course Mary is listed as a widow in what seems to be the correct 1880 record.
Please don't bother yourself with looking at the details or engaging your brain. Just click away. Your ancestors are dead so what do they care.

Hat tip to Shirley for the heads up about this profile ;-)

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