Anna Dukes is my paternal great grandmother. I haven’t done much research on her and to-date I have only found a couple of census records and a death certificate when doing a basic search. The family stories say that she was the first wife of William Dukes, but died when my grandmother was young. They had 10 children together. After her death, my great grandfather seems to have married again to a woman named Angeline. Just looking at the census records, one might think that Anna and Angeline might have been the same person, because the names are similar. But, I did a little detective work based on the information gathered from my family and found Grandma Anna’s death certificate. It turns out that she died in January 9, 19171. This means that she definitely is not Angeline who appears on the 1920, 1930, & 1940 census with Grandpa William. This is just a start to trying to correct the posting that I mentioned in my last post.
On the death certificate, it lists her age at about 30 years old and that she was born in Mississippi. The birth date was unknown. She was married and was a housewife. She was buried in the Galilee Cemetery2 (East Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery) by John Jordan, who was a neighbor on the 1910 census3.
Her mother’s name is Mira Young and the father’s name is unknown. I noticed that the informant’s name was Lindsey Bradley4. Initially, I thought that this was a woman, maybe a friend of possibly a sister since they knew the name of the mother. However, when I looked into the 1910 Census on Ancestry I found that the only Lindsey Bradley in the area was a 49 year old male5. Could this be her brother or cousin? Why was he the informant and not Grandpa William?
I looked back went back to the 1880 census and found that Lindsey Bradley (15) living with his father Lott Bradley6 and just one page over there is a 2 year old Anna living with a 28 year old Mirah Young who is widowed7. Could this be my Grandma Anna and Great Grandma Mira?
I want to find out more about her and have a lot of questions swirling in my head to research:
- Is Mira really her mother’s name?
- What is the name of her father?
- Does she have any siblings? If so, what are their names?
- Who is Lindsey Bradley in relation to Grandma Anna and why was he the informant on her death certificate?
- When did she and Grandpa William marry?
My initial view of the census doesn’t give me too much information to go on. I will have to dig a bit deeper to see what else I find to answer these questions so that I can piece together her story and ensure that it is well documented.
|This is my sixth post as a part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge, created by Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small.|
3. 1910 U.S. census, Jasper County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 2, p. 4, dwelling 196, family 196, John Jordan; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: 2013); citing Family History Library microfilm: 1374757.
5. 1910 U.S. census, Jasper County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 2, p. 20, dwelling 115, family 115, Lindsy Bradly; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: 6 April 2014); citing Family History Library microfilm: 1374757.
6. 1880 U.S. census, Jasper County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northest, p.34, dwelling 298, family 299, Lott Bradley; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T9.
7. 1880 U.S. census, Jasper County, Mississippi, population schedule, Northest, p.35, dwelling 308, family 309, Mirah Young; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 6 April 2014); citing NARA microfilm publication T9.
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