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Jelks in Arkansas, Tennessee

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Jelks in Arkansas, Tennessee

Posted: 24 Feb 2007 1:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jelks, Gilliland
One of my father's aunts was born a Gilliland (Johnnie Marshall Gilliland, b. 8 Oct 1881, d. 11 Aug 1976). Her mother was a Jelks, and here's where I run into conflicting info. Aunt Johnnie's father was John W. Gilliland (b. ~1851, d. 1891, just a few months before Johnnie was born). Her mother died when Johnnie was about 10. According to one legal paper, one that considered guardianship for Johnnie, identifed her as the daughter of Ruth Gilliland; Ruth purportedly was a Jelks. Another source (a descendant) identified her mother as Rebecca (Betty) Jelks. The 1880 census (the family was in Woodruff County, Arkansas)lists John's household included only John and his wife Ruth; Johnnie hadn't been born yet.

Aunt Johnnie told me in a letter, though, that she had "except for a half sister and two half brothers, an uncle, and two half Aunts, I had no one close to me"

So the question is, who are these sibs, and who is their mother?
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Pat_in_the_No... 24 Feb 2007 8:24PM GMT 
mebateman1 30 Dec 2007 7:40AM GMT 
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