Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Some Loose Ends

A Real Live Nephew of My Uncle Sam

I had discovered my great-grandmother and her brother apparently living with Grant Richardson, the Civil War veteran, and a Mrs. Phinney Davis at the time of the 1920 census in Aransas County, Texas. The first odd thing about that was that both great-grandmother Hattie Bryant and Uncle Sam Bryant were listed as Mrs. Davis' children, which they were not. Next, at that time, Hattie and Sam were in their early 30's, and both had children. Yet, none of their children seemed to be anywhere around Mrs. Davis' house.

Well, the answer to this mystery is not quite as dramatic as it might seem. Hattie and Sam were enumerated at Mrs. Davis' house on January 27, 1920, by Milton Phillips. But, on January 10, 1920, Hattie and her children had been counted at their own house in Rockport. And the same day, Sam and his wife, Ida, and their son Oscar were enumerated at their own house.

The answer to the mystery simply may be this: Hattie and Sam were visiting the Davis/Richardson household on January 27, 1920. They lived nearby and Grant Richardson was the grandfather of Hattie's and Sam's brother-in-law, Eddie G. Richardson.

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