I know this is very old, but I am looking for information on a "Mertha" Lyons who was the last child of my 3rd g. grandmother, Sarah Jane McCullough and Augustus Lyons. Mertha is on the census in 1890 as about 1 year old. "Gus" died in 1902, and Sarah died in 1924 in Alco (up in Sabine parish). Could Ritha/Mertha be the same person? Sarah's other children from 2 previous marriages scattered all over Beauregard, Allen, Calcasieu, Vernon, etc. parishes, so it would be unsurprising to me to find out that Ritha/Mertha was her child (Sarah Jane was 47 when Mertha was born.) who had been raised by one of her children.