I can tell you a good bit about one of my 3rd great grandmothers. Lucinda Catherine Yount was born 13 October 1839 in Missouri to Frederick (Fred) Yount and Polly Mayfield. In the years 1840 and 1850 (and presumably all the ones in between), she was living with her parents in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Lucinda married Pinkney Sylvanis Huffman on Christmas day in the year 1859. They spent most of their days in Bollinger County, Missouri (per 1870, 1880, and 1900 federal census records). They must have taken a jaunt over to Illinois in the mid 1860's, however, since their daughter Roxanna seems to have been born there.
Speaking of children, Lucinda and Pinkney (often listed as "P. S.") had at least ten children. The ones I can account for are Stephen, Roxanna, Charity, Mary, Lucretia, Alice, and Clara. Other researchers say Henry, Christopher, Effa, and Dema also belong to them.
The Huffmans were farmers. So I know Lucinda worked hard on the land and in her home. I can also tell you Lucinda never learned to write. Early census records state she could not read, but later ones suggest she did acquire that ability. To what degree I do not know.
Lucinda lost her husband in 1908. By 1930, she was living with her daughter Alice. They were still in Bollinger County, Missouri.
Lucinda died 29 May 1932 in Bollinger County, Missouri. She was laid to rest a couple of days later near her husband in Slinkard Cemetery, located in Patton, Bollinger County.
...But I want more! I'm very happy to have all this information, but I am not satisfied. The facts and figures above do not give me much insight into Lucinda. I'm curious. Oftentimes, nicknames are found in census records. Lucinda is not once, that I have found this far, listed as Lucy. Did anyone ever call her by that nickname? Or did she despise it and always want to be called Lucinda? Even something as simple as that nugget of information would thrill me at this moment.
I'm not done with you yet, Mrs. Lucinda Catherine Yount Huffman!