I'm seeking any information about:
Catherine "Katie or Kathy" WAMAX, b. 30 June 1897 in either Cherry Valley or Hedgesville, Berkeley Co., WV, to parents Jesse & Mary WAMAX. She d. 8 Nov. 1921 in Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV, of peritonitis. She was buried in an unmarked grave on 10 Nov. 1921 in Green Hill Cemetery, East Burke St., Martinsburg (1st Ave., Lot #23).
Also buried on this plot of land is a Rilda [Newcomb] Miller. Records from the Brown Funeral Home in Martinsburg shows the plot was owned (in the 60's) by Ted Miller of Martinsburg. We have been unable to find any forwarding location for him, but would be very interested in contacting him. We're curious about how Katie came to be buried in the plot with Ms. Miller.
The Berkeley Co. courthouse records show that Katie was divorced at the time of her death [from Albert ELLIS]. Her mothers name is listed as WAMIX - but we all know how variable this name can be :) The informant for this record was one William Hill/Hile.
The 1910 Berkeley Co. census of Hedgesville, District 18, taken 4 May, shows that Jesse "Jess" WAMAX was 43 yrs. old, b. in VA, as were both his parents, and worked as a railroad hand. He was married to Mary for 24 yrs., during which time they had 9 children, with 5 living at the time of the census taking. Mary was 48 yrs. old, and was b. in WV as were her parents. Living with them is their son, William, age 13, and dau. Catherine, age 10 [later known as "Katie", the person in question here].
Other searches have found a Polly/Mollie WAMIX as being another dau. of Jesse & Mary. Polly was b. abt. 1894. She married Oscar WORTHINGTON on 16 Feb. 1910 in Martinsburg, WV.
Further queries in the Berkeley Co. courthouse records finds a Nettie WOMAX b. 19 July 1899 to Jesse & Mary WOMAX of Hedgesville, WV.
The 1920 Berkeley Co. census of Martinsburg, District 33, taken 10 Jan., shows Katie ELLIS & her son Carl living with Albert & Martha HILL, aged 28 & 23 respectively. Katie was listed as 22 yrs. old, married, and working as a knitter at the knitting mill. Both her parents are shown as being born in WV.
If you have any information about Catherine "Katie" Wamax ELLIS, or anyone else mentioned here, please don't hesitate to contact me. This is one of our proverbial brick walls. She was very young when she died, and she left behind a son who spent his childhood on a work farm in WV. He died never knowing where his mother was buried, nor anything about her family. We are very interested in learning more about her family.
ps. Also found in a cemetary book at the courthouse, which could help someone else but we've yet to make a connection here, was a Cora WOMIX, b. 31 Nov. 1881 in Berkeley Co., dau. of J.F. & B. ["Becky"?] WOMAX - another book states that her parents were John F. and Rebecca J. WOMIX. She d. 17 Feb. 1889 (listed as age 6 yrs., 3 mons. 17 days) and is buried at Little Georgetown Methodist Cemetery.