(Posted on both the GenForum and Ancestry Dunklin County boards.)
I'm working on Samuel Edmonston, b. Jan 1862 in Missouri, d. between 1912 - 1930.
1. Martha Wilkins/Welkins (b. ????, d. ????) on 4 Mar 1886 in Clay Twp, Dunklin, Missouri
2. Lucy Bibb, b. Jan 1875, d. ????, on 27 Dec 1893 in Dunklin County, Missouri
I think I've found his parents and siblings. I've either made a series of deductions worthy of Sherlock Holmes, or leaped to such ridiculous conclusions that you'll be laughing until the coffe comes out of your noses.
I welcome your comments either way.
I started with two Samuels in Clay Twp, Dunklin, Missouri on the 1880:
Clay, Dunklin, Missouri; p. 642C on the LDS
Allen Edmonston, Self, W, Male, W, 44, AR, Farmer, TN, TN
Allen Edmonston, Nephew, M, Male, W, 23, MO, Works On Farm, TN, MO
Elizabeth Edmonston, Niece, M, Female, W, 18, MO, Keeps House, MO, MO
*** Samuel Edmonston, Nephew, S, Male, W, 18, MO, At School, TN, TN <<<
John Arnold, Other, S, Male, W, 24, AR, Works On Farm, AR, AR
Timothy Lucas, Other, S, Male, W, 22, MO, Works On Farm, TN, TN
Clay, Dunklin, Missouri; p. 654C on the LDS
(Name, Relation, Marital Status, Gender, Race, Age, Birthplace, Occupation, Father's BP, Mother's BP)
Clement Edmonston, Self, S, Male, W, 25, MO, Farmer, TN, TN
*** Samuel Edmonston, Brother, S, Male, W, 18, MO, At School, TN, TN <<<
James Arnold, Other, S, Male, W, 22, TN, Works On Farm, TN, TN
Thomas Husky, Other, S, Male, W, 18, AR, Carrier Of Mail, AR, AR
Mary A. Meredith, Cousin, Female, W, 35, AR, Keeps House, TN, TN
Wm. T. Meredith, Cousin, S, Male, W, 12, MO, Works On Farm, TN, TN
The two Samuels could be cousins born the same year (+/- 1) and named after the same grandfather. But, given that there are just 4 Samuel Edmonstons b. 1857 - 1867 in the entire USA, he is the same age, and he is "at school" in each entry, I strongly suspect our Samuel was counted twice, once with his brother Clement, one with his uncle Allen. They are just a few pages away from each other.
I worked backwards.
1870, Clay, Dunklin, Missouri:
(As of 09 Nov 2011, this census page was indexed as DOUGLAS County, Missouri in Ancestry.com's census images. It says Dunklin in faint letters on the images, and I called them. It may be DUNKLIN by the time you read this. The enumerator put a scrawl in the page number. Our Edmonstons are on the bottom of the left-hand side and the top of the right hand side of the double page numbered 695. The family was initially indexed as "Wiflaford"; it is either Willaford or Williford.)
Willaford, Marcus, 32, Tenn, farmer
Willaford, Eliza, 31, Ark, keeping house
Willaford, John, 9, Mo, attending school
Willaford, Safrona, 8, Mo, attending school
Willaford, James, 6, Mo, attending school
Willaford, Mary, 3, Mo
Willaford, Sallie, 11/12, Mo
---- to top of right-hand side ----
Edmonston, Clement, 14, Mo
Merida, Martha, 40, Tenn, farm hand
Johnson, Zachary, 19, NC, farm hand
Simmons, Henry, 16, Mo, farm hand
Rovier, Henry, 35, Ind, farm hand
Willaford, Maria 18, Mo, farm hand
The most likely explanation is that Clement's parents have died and the children have been parceled out to relatives. The Willafords are in HH 11 on p. 695A. Samuel "Edmonds" is in HH 19 on p. 695B, with the Gibsons:
Gibson, George, 23, Tenn
Gibson, Sarah 18, Mo
Gibson, James, 3/12, Mo
Gibson, Rebecca, 14, Tenn
Edmonds, Samuel, 8, Mo
Samuel won't be on the 1860 anywhere, but Clem will:
1860, Clay Twp, Dunklin, Missouri:
Edmonston, William, 34, Tenn
Edmonston, Jemima, 28, Tenn
Edmonston, Sarah J, 11, Tenn
Edmonston, Manda, 8, Tenn
Edmonston, John, 6, Tenn
Edmonston, Clem, 4, Tenn
Edmonston, Allin, 2, Tenn
Edmonston, Malinda, 6/12, Tenn
Merideth, Almedia, 17, Ark
Atkinson, Charles, 32, Tenn
Mr. Atkinson's occupation is "Farmer", so chances are he's a hired hand or a tennant.
This looks like Clement as a child. His bother Allen, b. 1858, looks like the Allen who was with Samuel on p. 642C in 1880. There is a Merideth family member, too. The fact the kids are all b. Tennessee here and Missouri elsewhere could be a sign their parents died whenthey were young, or could be a sign that I should take up fly fishing instead of genealogy.
What do you think?