So for the past few weeks I’ve been working on Amy Johnson Crow’s genealogy challenge 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Though I’m behind – I have found it very rewarding to focus on a different family member each week.
Week 5: In the Census
My relative that puzzled me for a while when it came to the census was my great-great-grandmother Mazie Lorenia Warner Dunbar Randol. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1877 and passed away in Akron, Ohio in 1945. She was my first big mystery that I solved as my mother had told me that she was buried here in Akron and it took me a while to find which cemetery and once I did, I found myself to be incredibly sad.
Mazie was a puzzle because my mother told me that was her name, but when you see varied documents with other names, I began to wonder if that was just a nickname. You see, I have an 1880 Census saying her name is Mazie (but I didn’t find that one right away); and a 1900 Census saying her name is Mazie, but a 1910 Census has her name as Daysa (and of course, I found this long before the 1880 and 1900 ones). 1920 has her listed as Magie and 1930 has her with her rightful name of Mazie once again. I have yet to come across the 1940 Census but I’m hoping that maybe I can find her still using her address that I acquired from the City Directory.
Another stumbling block was that she had re-married, so finding information on other documents had her sometimes as her maiden name of Warner, sometimes as her first marriage of Dunbar (her first husband, Arthur, my great-great grandfather, passed away in 1912), and lastly as Randol.
I have found on some of my relatives marriage license they have my great grandmother’s name listed as Mildred Randol instead of Mildred Dunbar. Yes I get a smug sense of satisfaction when I see this, as here I am knowing more than they did two generations later.
My goal is to write a letter to my great uncle (my grandmother’s brother) who is still alive in Florida, hoping he can give me some background information on what type of person Mazie was (he would have been 9 when she passed away). From looking through the City Directories and how many times two of her daughters lived with her over the years, she comes across as a kind soul, willing to do whatever for her kids.
I know I can relate.
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