Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace

Rose Dove Dalton and Albert Lee Dalton Homeplace
This house and property belonged to John Ward, Jr At his death he willed the property to his nephew William Ward

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jefferson Genealogy

For the past few months I have been jumping from my Jefferson family genealogy to my Brumfield family genealogy and not getting anything completed.  I think one of the most important aspects of a good genealogist is sticking to one family tree and completing before beginning another.  So don't do as I do, but do as I say.  I have a Jefferson tree that I know is correct, but I am not satisfied with all my evidence.  I need to shore up my tree from William Thomas Jefferson 1834 to 1912 to Eros Gray Bailey born from 1901 to 1974.
I don't have to prove that William Thomas Jefferson existed because that has already been proven and I wrote about those proofs in prior blogs, but I have to prove that Henrietta Jefferson that was married to Robert L Bailey is William Thomas Jefferson's daughter.  I have a marriage license in my possession that has Henrietta marrying Robert L. Bailey and it states that she is the daughter of William Jefferson and Matilda J Jefferson.  That I think should be proof enough for that generation.  I found that marriage license in Pittsylvania County Circuit Court.  Now Henrietta and Robert had eight children and one of them was my grandfather Eros Gray.  I have a death certificate for Eros Gray, but it has no mother listed.  I don't know why.  I do have a 1910 census listing Robert S Bailey and Henrietta Bailey with Eros listed as their child.  I also have Eros Gray Bailey and Kizze Mae Crawley's Marriage license.  Eros listed his mother as Henrietta Bailey.  I believe that to be enough to prove everything.  I do have some other problems.  I do not know the dates of birth for Henrietta and Robert.  Now I have found Robert's tombstone in Tosh's, Virginia, but it is not legible as you can see.  It looks like he was born on September 26, 1863 and died on January 6, 1921 or 1924.  I do have a marriage license which says that Robert was 23 on at the date of his marriage and that date was October 26, 1885.  That would mean that either Robert didn't know the exact date of his birth or the tombstone is correct.  As I stated before I found the 1910 census and Robert has his age as 47.  I looked at the census and it was taken in April of 1910.  If this census is correct, then he turned 47 in 1909 making his birth year 1862.   I would certainly like to find more information about his age and maybe I can find more accurate information.  I just spent an half hour looking at the Danville Bee on for an obituary so either he died before 1922 or I just couldn't find it in an half hour.  In all probability it is 1921.  I have also looked under family history and mocavo.  I will try again tomorrow.

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