30 May 2018

1929 Drowning Deaths of Gideon V. and Sabra Brown Lincecum

What happened to this young couple?

I'm tempted to label these deaths as mysterious. What is more likely, however, is that I just don't have easy access to the right source…

Gideon Val "Gid" Lincecum was born May 1895 in Gonzales County, Texas to Val Dies Lincecum (1860-1958) and Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Murray (d. 1949).

Some time before 1917, Gid married Sabra Elizabeth "Bettie" Brown. She was born 7 May 1896 in Mississippi to J. T. Brown and Amada Gilim.

A daughter, Floriene, was born to Gid and Bettie 2 September 1918. It was noted on her Texas birth certificate that this daughter was Bettie's second child, and the only one living.  Floriene became an orphan in the Spring before her eleventh birthday, when both of her parents died on the same day – 21 April 1929. The cause of death for both was drowning.

Gid's death certificate is found under the name V. E. Lincecum. His father was noted as the not-quite-accurate E. D. Lincecum, and his mother was properly stated to be Miss Mary E. Murray. This certificate also provided that V. E. died about midnight on the above mentioned date, and that a physical examination confirmed diagnosis.

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Bettie's death certificate is found under the name Mrs. V. E. Lincecum. The time of death was not as precise as that of her husband, nor was any "test" listed that confirmed diagnosis.

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James S. Mann, MD was the physician that signed off on the cause of death for both V. E. and his wife. He was also the informant of personal information for both. I wonder, what was his connection (if there was one) to the couple?

g-blincecum-fagA slightly rough-hewn granite stone was placed for Gidion and Bettie at Columbia Cemetery in West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas.

Floriene, after the deaths of her parents, spent at least some time with her grandparents Lincecum – she was listed with them for the 1930 Brazoria County, Texas Federal census. Upon her death in 2006, Floriene was laid to rest in the same cemetery as her parents.

Can anyone provide more detail about the drowning deaths of Gideon and Bettie Lincecum?

27 May 2018

Toy Pistol Caused 1901 Death of George L. Lincecum

George Lachoen Lincecum was born 4 February 1886 in Texas to George Durham Lincecum (1854-1931) and S. Frances Amada "Fannie" Stubblefield (1867-1947). Fannie was a daughter of Stephen Potts Stubblefield (b. 1824). Research suggests young George was the eldest of six children born to Fannie and her husband.

George, Fannie, and the kids were in Gonzales, Texas for the summertime taking of the 1900 census. By the end of NewYear's Day of 1901, young George was dead.

DallasMorningNews5Jan1901Dallas Morning News (Texas)
Saturday, 5 January 1901 - pg. 3 [via GenealogyBank]

Toy Pistol Caused Death.
SPECIAL TO THE NEWS.
Gonzales, Tex., Jan. 3 -- George Lachoen Lincecum, aged 15 years, who was shot in the finger Christmas with a toy pistol, from which lockjaw resulted, died New Year's day at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Lincecum.

An obituary that ran a couple days before in the Gonzales Inquirer stated, "He was an excellent boy and was liked by all who knew him. He worked in his father's store on North Avenue and was well known. During the holidays he was wounded in the hand by a toy pistol, and a part of the wad from the cartridge remained in the wound."

gllincecum-fagBurial was in the Gonzales Masonic Cemetery.

As  mentioned previous, young George had five siblings:

  • Stephen Omeaux "Oma" Lincecum (d. 1970)
  • Sarah Daisy Lincecum Patton (d. 1982)
  • Val Lincecum (b. abt. 1892)
  • Norton Lincecum (b. abt. 1895)
  • Parula Russell Lincecum (1896-1971)

I have yet to find Val or Norton after the 1900  census, and wonder if they might have died at a very young age.

[Note: There is an image of young George on a remembrance card issued (presumably) about the time of his death on his FindAGrave memorial.]


25 May 2018

So I Finally Spit in the Tube – DNA Results are In

100_6264I resisted taking a DNA test for a long time. When it wasn't popular, I easily resisted. As it became more and more popular, I still (fairly easily) resisted. Why? Well, I've been "doing" my personal genealogy off and on for more than 20 years – oftentimes more off than on, to be truthful – and believed I had a basic handle on where I came from. I don't mean I was one of those who proclaimed to have a "completed tree" or anything silly as that – I've yet to really even "cross the pond" with my (personally documented) research!

I felt I had done enough to get a sense of things, I guess.

Then someone close to me had their DNA tested. His largest chunk was 39% Iberian Peninsula. And it was totally expected. What was unexpected was the mash-up rest. So many different regions (people from) came together to create him. He often says, "I have a Spanish Dad and a Hillbilly Mom." His test results were a complex confirmation of that, and the day those results came in ended with him being on the phone for hours with his siblings.

I'm pretty sure I was jealous. Not long after, my own AncestryDNA kit was ordered. When it arrived, I spit in the tube and had it back in the mail the very next day. It didn't languish on the table – where some of my other mail does – for any length of time. I was officially all in.

Fast forward a month. The results were in…and I bowed my head and said aloud, "I knew it!"

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I might even have been a little angry. As silly as I know that sounds. I also owe my ancestors a huge apology, because I even remarked – more than once – that I have boring DNA. And those migrations? What a joke. I could have dictated those to anyone before taking the test.

After my arrogant attitude passed, I started enlarging that map and looking closer at the results.

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Great Britain breaks down to England, Scotland, and Wales. Where that largely overlaps with the (11%) Ireland / Scotland / Wales is obvious. But do I know anything about Scottish history or culture? Nope. What about Wales? How is it different from England? Don't know. I have a lot to learn.

Where did that Scandinavian 5% come from? And what about that Finnish/ North Russian 7%? Those appear to overlap largely over Sweden. Knew nothing of that! So I have a lot to learn.

My results show no connection to the Motherland of Africa…or do they? Digging deeper into my 2% Asian South region reveals something else I didn't know (emphasis mine):

The Asia South region includes the modern-day nations of Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan and is home to approximately 20% of the world’s population…The first human migration out of Africa is thought to have followed a southern coastal route along the Indian subcontinent into Southeast Asia.

Oh, and might I throw in – I have a trace from the Iberian Peninsula!

Questions Raised, Questions Answered.

  • What about the story (seems every family has a rendition, here's mine) that Grandpa's grandma was Native American? (Answer is Nope.)
  • I have six generations of Campbells in my family tree – all born in the United States. Will I ever get back to Scotland? (Answer is Probably).
  • I have a theory that the Logues came from Ireland. Is that true? (Answer is Maybe.)

One More Thing

Not long after I received my DNA test results, Ancestry emailed me about a new or recently updated database, U.S. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Swedish American Church Records, 1800-1946. This is a database I might have never searched prior to testing my DNA. Guess what? Found two Lincicums. Are we related? Who knows. I have a lot to learn.

So take that DNA test (if your're the least bit interested in that sort of thing). Even if you know where you came from. Just keep an open mind. And do yourself a favor – check your arrogance before clicking on the results.

24 May 2018

Individual Report for Elizabeth Lincecum Huckaby Reat (d. 1900)

Individual Report - ELHReatElizabeth Lincecum was born 31 October 1829 in either the Arkansas Territory or the state of Mississippi. She was a daughter of Grabel Lincecum and his wife Wilmoth.

In trying to narrow down a birthplace for Elizabeth, I have the following bits of information to offer:

First is from the Rhode Island American and Providence Gazette, dated 14 November 1828 --

Burrell Jones, of Little Rock (Arkansas) was called to his door, the 23d ult, by two of his neighbors, who pretended to be travellers, and while Jones was gathering some wood to kindle a fire, the villains shot him through the body. -- The unfortunate man died the next day, having disclosed the names of his murderers, Dr. Charles C. P. Welsh and Gabrel Lincecum, who fled the following morning.  Welsh and Jones had had a slight difference, a few days before the murder.

Next is from Historical Sketches of Oktibbeha County (Mississippi) by Thomas Battle Carroll, pub.  1931 --

  • Page 12 -- "The white population gradually increased. I do not know the names of some who settled here during the decade ending in 1820...I am almost sure that Grabel Lincecum was here in 1830..."
  • Page 22 -- "Many of the tribe did not remove within the three years. Sometimes trouble arose between an individual Indian and an individual white man. In 1830, near the turnpike in southeast Oktibbeha, Grabel Lincecum in a personal altercation killed a Choctaw. The act was probably justifiable, or at least excusable, under the white man's law, but not under the Indian's, which in case of homicide admitted no legal defense, requiring that he who had killed another, no matter what the circumstance, accidental or intentional, should forfeit his own life. Lincecum thought it prudent to leave. Accordingly, with his wife, his seven-year-old son, and their baby in the mother's arms, he journeyed to Arkansas, following Indian trails. Later, having made a settlement satisfactory to the Indians, he returned with his family to this county. To and from Arkansas, the family journeyed on horseback; Lincecum taking his son behind him on one horse; the wife, carrying the baby in her arms, on another…" [That baby was almost certainly Elizabeth.]

Grabel died about 1837, so Elizabeth was most likely in the household of her mother – Mrs. W. Lincecum – for the 1840 Noxubee County, Mississippi Federal census. And this is where she married (at about age 17-18) Jackson Huckaby on 31 August 1847. The 1850 census (same location) showed he was a planter, born about 1819.

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Elizabeth and Jackson had three children:

  • Grabel Epluribus Unum Huckaby (1848-1932)
  • Gaius Lincecum Huckaby (d. 1908)
  • Marcella Jackson Huckaby Duty (1853-1930)

Rumor has it Jackson Huckaby died from injuries sustained in a wagon accident, but I have no good source for that information. I do know his widow married John F. Reat at Noxubee County in the summer of 1857. He was born about 1815 in Virginia.

[To back up slightly, it's interesting to note a J. F. Rheat was the neighbor of Elizabeth and Jackson for the 1850 Noxubee County, Mississippi Federal census. The couple's neighbor on the other side was Elizabeth's brother Bartlett (Bartley).]

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Elizabeth and John had two sons:

I have yet to find all members of this blended family in the 1870 US census, but did find Geo. E. U. Huckaby in those records. He was born about 1849 in Mississippi, occupied as a bookkeeper, and located in Burleson County, Texas.

Daughter Marcella Jackson married her husband Robert Emmett Duty in Washington County, Texas 2 April 1874. With the exception of this (at the time) young mother of two, who was in Travis County, the entire Reat-Huckaby family was found in the 1880 Lee County, Texas Federal census. And this is where Elizabeth would live out her days.

John F. Reat died 20 June 1889, making Elizabeth a widow again. She lived eleven more years, and passed away 21 days before her 71st birthday. Both John and Elizabeth were buried at Scott Cemetery in Lee County.

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23 May 2018

26 Names Gleaned from the Will of James Travis Reat (d. 1932)

James Travis Reat was born 25 November 1860 in Noxubee County, Mississippi to John F. Reat (1815-1889) and Elizabeth Lincecum (1829-1900). She was a daughter of Grabel Lincecum (d. bet. 1836-1837).

LastWillandTestament-JTReatOn 1 February 1932, the county court of Lee County, Texas (in the city of Giddings) began that month's term for probate matters with "The Matter of the Estate of James Travis Reat, Deceased."

Now come your petitioners, Travis N. Reat and Strobia Elmo Reat, and respectfully show to the Court that…James Travis Reat is dead; that he died on or about the 18th. day of January, 1932, in the Town of Marlin in Falls County, Texas, where he was temporarily residing for the benefit of his health.

…That at the time of his death he was seized and possessed of real and personal property of the value of several thousand Dollars, most of which is situated in Lee County, Texas, and left a written will, duly executed and herewith filed, in which your petitioners were appointed executors…

James made his last will and testament a week before he died. Though he was a widower, to the best of my knowledge, he had no children of his own. James also was the next-to-last survivor of five siblings (full and half). Grabel Huckaby, born twelve years before James, followed him in death seven months later.

So James Travis Reat bequeathed an interest of his estate to twenty-two nieces and nephews, each being a grandchild of Elizabeth Lincecum:

…It is my will and desire that all of the property, both real and personal, I may die seized and possessed of,  after the payment of all my just debts, together will all expenses incident to the probating of this will and the carrying out of the terms hereof, shall pass to and vest in fee simple in those of my nieces and nephews hereinafter designated and in the proportion hereinafter designated…"

Receiving an undivided 2/33 interest were each of the children of full brother John Strobia Reat (then deceased):

  • Strobia Elmo Reat
  • Travis N. Reat
  • Olena E. Moses
  • Willie M. Standifer
  • Clara D. Attaway
  • John Arvel Reat
  • Grover D. Reat
  • Hobson H. Reat
  • Ruth E. Reat
  • Lelia Wheeler
  • Nannie Reat

Receiving  an undivided 1/33 interest were the children of half brother Gaius L. Huckaby (then deceased):

  • Gaius L. Huckaby, Jr.
  • Theodore E. Huckaby
  • Hugo H. Huckaby
  • Geneva Lanthripe
  • Blanche Blancet
  • Claud C. Huckaby
  • Marcella Harl
  • Ada Thomas
  • Elizabeth Shaw

Receiving an undivided 1/33 interest was a child of half sister Marcella Jackson Duty (then deceased):

  • Estella Hill

Receiving an undivided 1/33 interest was a child of half brother Gravel [sic] E. U. Huckaby:

  • Ethel Mallory

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Texas Wills and Probate Records, 1833-1974

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If interested, the possible Scottish heritage of the John F. Reat family is mentioned at The Raitt Stuff.

Take all mistakes as good wishes.

28 April 2018

Heirs of Reuben Reed Kynion, Husband of Diantha Lincecum

Diantha Lincecum (b. 1842) was a daughter of Harmon Lincecum/Linsicum (b. abt 1808) and Lucinda "Lucy" Thompson.  Diantha married Reuben Reed Kynion 12 October 1856 at Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  According to an old family book, Diantha died 12 July 1886.  A couple of years later, Reuben married Mary A. McNeely.

Reuben Kynion died 21 January 1896 at his residence in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  This information was found on an Administrator's Bond created after his death – due to Reuben dying intestate (without a will).

An Administrator's Bond is a form of insurance that assures a person who is responsible for the paying of debts and dispersing of property – the administrator – acts legally and ethically and protects those who have an interest in the deceased's estate against fraud.

In the case of Reuben Kynion, the administrators (principally a Mr. Jacob Waddle) put up $500.

rrkynionadminbondThis document also listed the heirs of Mr. Kynion:

OATH.
STATE OF MISSOURI,
County of Cape Girardeau

Administrator of the Estate of Reuben R. Kynion deceased, being duly sworn, says that the said Reuben R. Kynion died intestate, and without leaving any will at residence in said Co. Jany 21st A. D. 1896, leaving as his heirs 1 Chas Kynion, 2 Eliza McNeil, 3 Monroe Kynion, all adults, 4 heirs of Lucinda Littrell, nie [sic] Kynion, dec'd, 5 and Henry Kynion, born August 1890, 6 Jacob Kynion, born July 2, 1895, minor heirs of Reuben R. Kynion, dec'd.

And that he will make perfect inventory and faithfully administer all the Estate of the said Reuben R. Kynion, dec'd, and pay the debts as far as the assets will extend and the law direct, and account for and pay all assets which shall come to his possession or knowledge.

[Signed by mark of X] Jacob Waddle

Sworn and subscribed before me this 31st day of January A. D. 1896.
[Signed] Henry Peels [Puls?], clerk of Probate.

One thing not detailed in the transcription, is this:  dec'd appears to be written above the name Jacob Kynion.  He and Henry were sons of Reuben and his second wife.

Compiling from all sources, including the heirs noted above, here is my list of children born to Reuben Reed Kynion and Diantha Lincecum:

  • Charles R. "Charlie" Kynion (1865-1922)
  • Mary Lucinda Kynion Littrell (b. abt 1859)
  • Louisa Eliza Kynion Tidwell McNeil
  • Julia Kenyon/Kynion (b. abt 1867)
  • Monroe Kynion (1874-1930)
  • Benjamin F. Kynion (b. abt 1875)

Take all mistakes as good wishes.


27 April 2018

Children of Cassandra Lincecum Durham

ChildrenofCassandraLincecumCassandra Lincecum (d. 1877) was a daughter of Gideon Lincecum (1793-1874) and Sarah "Sallie" Bryan/t (d. 1867).  George John Durham (1820-1869) was a son of William Durham (d. 1859) and Ester/Easter Bloomfield (d. 1868).  Cassandra and George were married just before Christmas 1852 in Washington County, Texas.  Afterwards, the couple resided at Austin, Travis County.

It is believed Cass and George had seven children, of which only three lived to see adulthood.  I have information on the births and deaths of all seven, save one.  If you have any information to share, I would love to compare notes.

- Mary Leonora "Lee" Durham was born about 1854 in Texas.  She could be found with her parents in Austin for the 1860 Federal census, but died just a couple of years later on 10 April 1862.  Little Leonora was buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin the next day.

- Walter Winn Durham was born 20 December 1855 in Texas.  Months before his 14th birthday, Walter's father died.  He immediately became the de-facto "man of the house." Even before the age of 18, Walter was working as a clerk for local bookseller, Jos. A. Nagle.  And we know from a letter his grandfather Gideon wrote in the summer of 1873, that Walter performed many tasks around the home before even heading to his paying day job:

…Walter rises early, feeds and waters the dogs and chickens, goes to market, and then, until breakfast, fixes up anything that is out of order.  That over, he goes off to the house that pays him for his services and is seen no more until dark…

Four years after Gideon wrote that letter, Walter's mother was dead.  So before he turned 22, Walter became a guardian for two of his siblings.  Following notice from the 29 August 1878 Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, TX):

Weekly_Democratic_Statesman_1878-08-29_4GUARDIAN'S SALE.
The State of Texas to all persons interested in the guardianship of SIDNEY and MARY L. DURHAM, minors:

Walter W. Durham, guardian of said minors, has filed his application in the County Court of Travis county praying for a sale of certain real estate belonging to them for their education and maintenance, which will be heard at the next term of said court, to be held at the court house thereof, in Austin, on the Third Monday in September, 1878, when and where all persons interested may appear and make objections thereto...

Some time after 1880, Walter got involved with cotton – and it became his career.  He remained in the business of cotton for 30 – 40 years.  Companies he was known to have worked with include E. J. Byrne & Co., Crawford & Byrne, E. H. Perry & Co., and W. T. Caswell.  Walter was known as a "pioneer cotton man."

Walter, probably too busy otherwise, did not marry until about age 34.  He wed German-born Marie Augusta Packenius on 12 October 1889 at Travis County.  It appears the couple had seven children:  Jennie, George J. (1890-1974), M. Louise, Mary Lee (1894-1961), Walter Arthur (b. 1898), Charles West (1900-1907), and Marie Cassandra (1908-1981).

wwdurhamdcWalter Winn Durham died 7 March 1929 at Austin.  He was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

- Sarah Lincecum "Sally" Durham was born about 1858 in Texas.  Like her sister Lee, Sally died in April 1862.  In fact, it was just the day before Lee breathed her last.  Lois Burkhalter wrote in her 1965 biography of Gideon, grandfather of the little girls:

Among the Lincecum Papers are invitations from the Durham Austin residence on Pecan, now Sixth, and Guadalupe, to funerals of their daughters, Sarah Lincecum, at 4:00 P.M., Thursday, April 10, 1862, and Mary Leonora, at 4:00 P.M., Friday, April 11, 1862.  An explanation of this long-ago tragedy is found in the diary of Amelia E. Barr, an Englishwoman who lived for a while in Texas and was well acquainted with the Durhams:

April 9, 1862:  In the evening to Mrs. Durham's.  Poor little Sally, whom I suckled for two months when her mother had fever, just dead of diptheria.

April 10, 1862:  Went to see Sally for the last time...The cemetery was crowded.  When we got back from Sally's funeral her sister, Leonora, was dying.  She breathed her last at five o'clock.

- Royal Wheeler Durham was born after 1860, died 21 April 1866, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.  Unlike the other children, I cannot corroborate the existence of young Royal with other records. My only source is Ms. Burkhalter's book.

glass4- Sidney Johnson "Sid" Durham was born about July 1860 in Austin.  He was baptized at St. David's Episcopal Church when about a year old.

In June 1883, Sidney married a Scotland-born widow named Mary Jean "Jennie" (Mackey) Gray at Austin.  The couple had at least two daughters:  Lela/Leonore (1884-1940) and Ione Finin (1886-1956).

During his mid to late twenties, Sidney was occupied as a clerk in Austin.  In 1887 specifically, he was associated with H. H. Hazzard & Co.  A newspaper item dated that same year, however, showed Sid also had a talent for singing (and must have been a big dude).

West Texas Free Press (San Marcos, TX)
10 March 1887 - pg. 4 [via GenealogyBank]

The entertainment on Saturday night at Harper's Hall was one of real merit...Mr. Sid Durham, who might be styled the musical giant of Texas, his power of voice fully corresponding with his large proportions...

4810940Two years later, according to an Austin, TX city directory, Sidney appeared to then be pursuing a career in musical entertainment full time.  And a newspaper item from the summer of that same year – 1889 – showed Sidney had begun making trips to New York.

Weekly Democratic Statesman (Austin, Texas)
Thursday, 15 August 1889 - pg. 4

Sailing the Ocean Blue.
Our special this morning from Galveston announcing that...Mr. Sidney Durham..., of Austin, [was] among the passengers of the steamship Comal that sailed Wednesday morning from Galveston for New York.  THE STATESMAN wafts them a kindly adieu and wishes them a pleasant voyage and a safe arrival at their destination.

Even though Sidney was again listed in an 1895 Austin city directory (occupied as a musician), I also found his trips to New York continued in the interim.  And the aforementioned Lois Burkhalter added this:

Another son [of George and Cassandra], Sidney J. Durham, wrote (August 6, 1895) his Aunt Sallie Doran that he was in New York with the Lillian Russell Comique Opera Company, studying voice with Madame Skinner, and had become a Christian Scientist.

A report from the New York Sun, dated 12 April 1896, puts Sidney at the Big Apple again.  This time he was performing at the famed Salmagundi Club:

A SALMAGUNDI NIGHT.

Music, Variety, and Farce in a Crowded Art Gallery.
Friday night's entertainment at the Salmagundi Club, 14 West Twelfth street, was an event of more than common interest, and was quite the most ambitious that the artists have ever undertaken...

Among the musical numbers [were]...some baritone songs by Mr. Sidney Durham, who has a fine cultivated voice which he uses with admirable skill and effect...

Records suggest Sidney had officially moved to New York by 1910.  According to that year's federal census, he was residing at 881 7th Avenue [Carnegie Hall?], and occupied as a Concert Singer – alone.  No wife nor kids were there.

About this time, Jennie started being listed in Austin, TX city directories as the widow of Sidney J.  I don't know if this was simply an incorrect supposition, or if Jennie described herself as such.  Regardless, it seems to indicate Sidney was no longer spending much (if any) time at his Austin home.

Per 1911, 1912, and 1913 city directories for New York, New York, Sidney was occupied as a secretary at 883 7th Avenue.  Home was "Hotel Grenoble" in 1911 and 1912.  (It is my understanding this hotel was across from Carnegie Hall.) In 1915, Sidney's home was the same, but his occupation was more specifically noted as "Secretary, Christian Science Church." It's possible his (then) new-found faith supplanted his career in music.

The last record I found of Sidney in New York was 1918, when he was residing at 871 7th Avenue.  I believe this to likely be the Wellington Hotel.  Per their website:

New York's historic Wellington Hotel has been welcoming guests from around the world for 116 years. We invite you to explore everything there is to see and do in this great City from our superb location near Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Central Park, MoMA and Rockefeller Center.

Image from Google Map street view, dated December 2017:

Then Sidney moved again.  To another hotel.  In California.  I found him in the 1920 Oakland, Alameda County Federal census.  He was listed in a hotel at 300 Thirteenth Street, managed by William C. Jargens.  Could this have been the historic Hotel Oakland?

What is somewhat bizarre about the census entry is a female named Jean Durham is right under Sidney.  Both boarders were aged 55 and married.  Sidney was occupied as a Christian Science Practitioner.

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Sidney seems to have sojourned to San Francisco for a couple of years (1923-1924) per voter records and a city directory.  Address was 798 Post Street (Google map image below).  This is currently part of the Lower Nob Hill district and on the National Register of Historic Places.  Majority of the buildings were constructed as apartment hotels, dated 1906 – 1925.

According to the California Death Index at Ancestry, Sidney J. Durham died 24 January 1926 at Alameda County, California.  (I'm clueless as to a burial site.) Sid's death came one year after the death of his wife.  Per her tombstone at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas, Mary Jean Mackey Gray Durham died 29 January 1925.  She was buried beside her first husband.

- Prior/Price Durham was born about 1866 in Texas.  He was listed with his mother for the taking of the 1870 Federal census at Austin, Travis County.  Based on Gideon Lincecum's letter quoted from above, this young son died before 1873.

- Mary Lela Durham was born about 1868 in Texas.  She was listed with her mother in census records for Austin dated 1870 and 1875.  After Cassandra's death in 1877, Lela's oldest brother Walter became her guardian.

For the 1880 Austin, Travis County, Texas Federal census, it appears Walter and brother Sid were living in the family home on Pecan Street.  Their sister "Lela" was boarding a few doors down in the Ben J. Smith household.  Both Ben and wife Eliza were school teachers.  Twelve-year-old Lela's occupation was "at school."

I lose Lela after that census taking.  Since she is counted as one of the children of George and Cassandra that made it to adulthood, it's possible she married.  To whom is the question.

Take all mistakes as good wishes.


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