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07 November 2009

Robert Dowling & Amanda Ann Floyd Zumwalt

Two more confirmations of burial sites, and two more death certificates. Isn't the Internet grand?

At rest in the Evergreen Alameda Cemetery; El Paso, Texas are the mortal remains of Robert Zumwalt and his wife Amanda Floyd (section L, lot 195, places 8 & 9). Memorials for both can be found on FindAGrave.

Robert Dowling Zumwalt
July 20, 1846
Aug 16, 1926
Amanda A. Zumwalt
Dec 17, 1855
Nov 7, 1919

Robert D. Zumwalt passed away 16 August 1926 at the Masonic Hospital in El Paso, Texas. (Note: there is also a Mason symbol at the top of Robert's tombstone in Evergreen Alameda Cemetery.) His cause of death was "carcinoma of stomach." Robert had been a resident of El Paso for fifteen years, and his street address was 3715 Clifton St.

Robert was born 20 July 1846 in Hallettsville, Texas to G. Zumwalt. The informant, Roberts's son Sam, was not able to provide the name of Robert's mother. However, the record states she was born in Holland.

Amanda Ann Zumwalt's death certificate contained less information. I was hoping it would provide the names of her parents, but it did not. The informant was Amanda's daughter Carolyn, but that information was either unknown or simply not provided. There is also a discrepancy regarding her birth date. The death certificate lists it as 17 December 1854. The date engraved on Amanda's tombstone has a year of 1855. The document did confirm her death date and burial information. Amanda's birthplace was listed as Texas, and she passed away at her home -- 3715 Clifton Street, El Paso, Texas.

Federal census records of 1900 in Hallettsville, Lavaca County, Texas (e.d. 84, pg 6A, family 111) state Amanda was born in Kentucky. She and Robert had seven living children: Luella, Claud, Sam, Edward, Fay, Julia, and Carrie.

Census records of 1860 and 1870, both from Lavaca County, Texas, list Robert's father as Gabriel and his mother as Elenor. In both instances, Elenor's birthplace is listed as Missouri. While it does not seem to fit with the birthplace of Holland provided for Elenor on her son Robert's death certificate, I did find out there is a town in Pemiscot County, Missouri with that name. Maybe there's the connection?

The 1860 census provides names of siblings of Robert Zumwalt: Phoeby, Henrietta, and Edward. Phoeby (age 22) and Henrietta (age 15) were listed as "spinsters." Really. I wonder, at what age did the census taker think they should have been married?


researchingoconnells said...

If you email the local Masonic lodge where Robert lived, they might be able to send you information on his involvement with the lodge.

I sent an email to a WV lodge and they emailed me a copy of my GG Grandfathers registration card, which has the dates he made each degree. I have been told they are looking for more information and will send that when they find it. The good news is I found a distant cousin who happens to have his Mason books. I hope to be ale to get to go through them at some point.

S. Lincecum said...

Thanks for the tip! I'll give it a shot.

Julie said...

Hello. I'm a descent of Julia Zumwalt Gentry. I have a Zumwalt Family Bible with pictures and birth, marriage, death records I'd be glad to share. You can contact me at my email
Julie Gentry Smith

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