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Jelks in Arkansas, Tennessee

Jelks in Arkansas, Tennessee

Posted: 24 Feb 2007 8:24PM 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?

Re: Jelks in Arkansas, Tennessee

Posted: 30 Dec 2007 7:40AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Jelks, Gilliland
1880 ARK Woodruff Co DeView tsp
Gilliland John 29 farmer TN VA VA
" Ruth 17 wife ARK TN TN
Jelks Patty 13 sisterinlaw TN TN TN
Gilliland Bedford black 17 servant farm laborer ARK TN TN
living next door
Bryan Edward 25 farmer TN TN NC
Bryan Molly 29 sister to Edward TN TN NC
Jelks Slattie 27 sister TN TN NC
Jelks Azzle 9 niece ARK TN TN
Jelks Nora 7 niece ARK TN TN

1870 ARK Woodruff Co Deview as of July 16, 1870
Jelks John 21 TN
Jelks Slattie 18 TN
Bryant Sarah 23 TN
Bryant Mollie 10 TN
Bryant Eddie 13 TN
Bryant Ella 12 TN
Bryant Squire 13 black farm laborer TN

Woodruff Co ARK marriages
Bryant Slattie A 18 to Gulks John B 20 on 1- 6- 1870

1870 TN Haywood Co
Simons Dick 30 mulatto farmer TN
Simons Susan 25 black TN
Simons Adas 6 black TN
Simons Emma 1 Black TN
Jelks Ruth 6 white TN
Jelks Patcy 2 white TN
all the above living in the same household
the ages seem to match Ruth and Patty in the 1880 census

then there is this Jelks family
1870 ARK Woodruff Co Augusta as of June 21 1870
Jelks John R 56 farmer NC
Jelks Mary E 46 NC
Jelks John A 21 TN
Jelks Martha U 18 TN
Jelks Lemuel O 16 ARK
Jelks Millard H 14 ARK
Jelks Rebecca E 10 ARK
Jelks Theodora A 6 ARK

I'm not sure if this has much help. Good luck!
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