18 April 2017

O is for Oscar Lincecum. Was He Adopted? (A to Z Challenge)

Oscar was born 13 December 1877 in Arkansas.  He is listed as a son in the Charles W. and Susan "Susie" Lincecum household for the 1880 Red River County, Texas Federal census.  What's interesting about that record are the birthplaces.  Charles and Susan were born in Missouri.  Yet Oscar was born in Arkansas, with his parents being born in Texas.

The 1900 Red River County Federal census is a bit more revealing.


This record shows Susie did not have any children, and Oscar was noted as "A – Son." That leads me to believe he was adopted.

Another interesting thing to note about the 1900 census is it shows Oscar was two doors down from his future wife, Loretta Whitten.  That census was taken 25 June, and the couple was married a couple months later on 15 August.

There would not be a happily ever after, however.  By the 1910 Red River County Federal census, Loretta Lincecum was back home with her parents.  She was widowed before the age of 30, with four young children to care for – Noel, Ora, Charley, and Maxie.  The youngest child was born about five months before Oscar's death.

According to an image of his tombstone at Cuthand Cemetery in Red River County (via FindAGrave), Oscar died just six days after his 32nd birthday.  A short life left many unanswered questions.

Are you wondering what's up with all the "letter" posts? I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (links to official page). This challenge lasts through the month of April, with Sundays off.  Each day follows a different letter prompt, in order, from A to Z.  Click here to see all my letter posts on one page (in reverse order).  Though this is my second year in the challenge, it's my first with two blogs.  My theme here is "kinfolk direct." Versus any name from the one name study, these genealogy and history posts all involve someone to which I am related.  You may follow along with me by RSS feed and other social media platforms listed at the top of the sidebar.  I and other bloggers in the challenge on Twitter will also be using #atozchallenge.

I'm also participating with Southern Graves.  This blog as a whole is one of my themes – telling the tales of tombstones, primarily from those found in the Southern United States and usually the State of Georgia.

Are you participating in the challenge, too? Please leave a link to your blog in the comments, I'd love to pay you a visit.  Good luck to all involved!


Kristin said...

Poor Oscar and his poor family. I wonder what he died of so young. So many possibilities.

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Molly of Molly's Canopy said...

A sad tale. The sister of one my paternal great, great grandfathers was similarly widowed -- but went on to a second marriage and a blended family of her children, his children and their children. I hope Loretta was also able to move on with her life after such a tragedy.

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