I hope I haven't submitted this already. Got excited over finally doing now what I didn't do when I should've.
Hey, Brenda. Bad-Girl Alex finally surfaces. With apologies. And ashamed looks.
I've had many adventures--most of which involving losing my stuff--Greyhound did a massive mistake and purged my tapes, backup box, on-and-on, because I didn't pick it up at the Dallas, Texas, office--because it was supposed to have been shipped to West Palm Beach. Sob.
So I didn't have addresses, computer[s], or files for an embarrassingly long time. Today I found one of the letters you had written me and I had made a copy of--hoorah!--and so I'm leaving messages all over the place, hoping you'll be prompted to look where I leave them.
I have a subscription to Ancestry.com that has revolutionized my gealog-ing, and I've been hunting this afternoon for Mildred's information. I've been unhappy that I didn't have it, because Ancestry.com's various search stuff makes a HUGE difference in being able to find and document people.
I have this that I hope might work: [If it's not right, somebody will be able to use it. I'm posting this message everywhere I find your posting. Then I'm going to start digging in Po-whatever towns in Washington. Wish me luck. Forgive me for disappearing--it's a bad habit of mine.] Alex
1930 United States Federal Census > Alabama > Clay > Ashland > District 6
April 4, 1930
Davis, Bob C., Rent $10/month; age 38, married at 19. He, his father, and his mother were all born in Alabama; the same for his wife Irene. He is a laborer on the county roads. He was not a veteran.
Irene R., 34 years old, married at 15. She is not employed.
Mildred I. is 15, born in Alabama.
Nellie R. is 9, born in Alabama.
Vastie M. Ray, age 32, sister-in-law; she's most likely Irene R's sister, since Irene is Irene "R"--probably not a middle name. and Vastie [looks like] is single.
I can't make out the street name. West Ly-something. I did a Yahoo map for Ashland and followed Talladega one-unch-at-a-time til it ended and couldn't find a street that matched. There are no house-street numbers listed with this census; just family numbers. Incidentally, in entering "Search Talladega Street" Yahoo said that it wasn't found. It is north and east of the center of Ashland. It basically ends at 2nd Ave N and W Main Street, and by that time is't probably in Lineville. The Yahoo map is hard to move around in.
The family before the Davises is probably Irene and Vastie's father, brother, and sister-in-law. Raymond M. Ray, head-of-household, owns his home, is 64, widowed, no marriage-age listed. He was born in Alabama; his parents were both born in Georgia. He is a "general farmer." He was not a veteran.
His son, Leroy F., is 35; married at age 23. He was born in Alabama, as was his father; now we see that his mother--Raymond M.' wife--was born in Alabama. Leroy is--I like this!--the proprietor of a lunch stand.
Leroy's wife--listed as Raymond's daughter-in-law--is Eunice E., I hope. She is 34, married at 22, unemployed. Which is surprising; she should be waitressing or cooking or something at Leroy's lunch stand. Eunice, her father, and her morhter were all born in Alabama. There are no children listed for this couple.
I don't see anyone else on this page that looks like kin
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