Sunday morning is the best time for me to focus on family history research. Unfortunately, it’s also the best time to do a lot of things and I haven’t been very diligent about researching. So this morning I was determined to do something family history related.
Above my desk hangs my Ancestors Mobile, one of my best product ideas and a reminder of (a) how good I am at ideas and bad at bringing them to fruition; and (b) how surprised I am that no one else has brought this product to market. Gertrude Ammons is one of the folks floating in the air and that’s where I started this morning.
Records that I received from my Grandma Hucks (Mary Lucile Bethune Hucks) after she died show that Gertrude was married to Jefferson Dozier Hucks (my mother’s paternal grandfather) and had 5 children, the oldest of which was Howard Haskell Hucks, my maternal grandfather. (Joseph Emery, David Aubrey, Dozier Prentice, and Dorothy Alice were the other children.) Grandma Hucks must have gotten a certified copy of Gertrude’s death certificate and it shows that she was in the Florence Infirmary from March 22, 1924 until her death on April 8, 1924 at what looks like 9:30 am. Cause of death is shown as Pelvic Peritonitis and Secondary Anemia.
Gertrude’s age at death is listed at 31 years, 4 months, which is significant because there is some confusion about her age. The 1900 census shows her born in December 1892 and 8 at the time of the census. However, there is a 7 written over the eight and it appears to be a correction as the census was performed earlier in the year and that would mean she was only 7 at the time. The 1920 (done in January) census shows Gertrude’s age at 28 (which supports the 1891 birthdate). Her headstone in the Magnolia Cemetery in Hartville (where it appears they were living around then and where she was buried the day after she died) shows 1891 – 1924. The question remains which is right? Was she born in 1891 or 1892? Is it possible that the existing headstone was created years later and someone just made a mistake? (See the entry at Findagrave.com for both a picture of the headstone and an image of the death certificate.)(Note: The 1920 census shows Jefferson as being 55 years old, when in fact he was only 35. Mistakes are common in the censuses.)
The 1900 census shows her father as David F Ammons, and the death certificate lists him as D.F. Ammons. Gertrude’s mother is listed as Sallie in both documents, no maiden name shown or known at this time, although she is listed as being born in South Carolina, same as David Ammons. Gertrude is actually listed on the census as Corine G or Corene G depending on who is reading it.
I found it interesting that Jefferson (rise up Southerners!) Dozier signed the death certificate as J.D. Hucks, same as my cousin Joseph Daniel Hucks goes by. Makes me wonder if it was for convenience when signing or did he go by that nickname too? My mother says he was called “Pop” by the family.
After Gertrude’s death the four younger children were put in an orphanage until they reached 16 (?) and were old enough to work. Jefferson was a carpenter by trade. He was also an alcoholic and might not have been able to handle working, raising a family, and his alcoholism.
At some point–I haven’t been able to find any dates or documentation–Jefferson remarries. His second wife is listed as Mary Elmyra Epps but known to the family as Mamie. Her Findagrave.com entry also provides a copy of her obituary from which we learn she was the daughter of David L. and Rebecca A. Epps. There isn’t any additional information in the family files about the Epps family at this point. Jefferson and Mamie did not have any children.
My next adventure down this road will be continuing the effort to identify Sallie Ammons lineage. I’ve given it a bit of a go so far without any luck and will try again next time.
Note about John Dockery Hucks: Lena Temperance Hucks, bless her soul, did a massive amount of Hucks family genealogy and is shown as the submitter for some family group sheets that have Jefferson Dozier Hucks listed as John Dockery Hucks. The dates are the same, the places are the same, the children are the same. She notes that she obtained the information from a family bible, and then “Lafayette, N.C. and Charlette (?) N.C.” are listed. It is my guess that whomever wrote in the family bible got it wrong. I bring it up here because it’s possible that the kind reader might run across John Dockery and wonder who it was.