My Brick Wall . . . Sissy

My biggest current brick wall is my paternal grandmother (my Dad’s mother). She died when my father was a child. My Dad didn’t talk much about either of his parent’s or his  childhood. I didn’t think to ask questions about his childhood until after his passing.  That is one of my biggest regrets.

I know her name Mary Elizabeth Connel Rhodes, she was the youngest of 8 children. Her parents were Hade  & Mattie. She was born in Barren County, Ky, on October 26, 1918 @ 5 AM. Delivered by Midwife Nancy Richardson, address Glasgow RR #1.  

For many years I searched for my Grandma Sissy (her brother Alonzo called her Sissy)  birth certificate. I was looking at the KY Vital Records database thru Ancestry.com on September 19, 2006.  I did a search for her name.  Nothing popped up. I then zeroed in on the her mothers’ name. Mattie Emmerson. I saw a listing for a Garnel Rhood w/ Mattie Emmerson. I knew it had to be her. Her name is Connel Rhodes. It was obviously (I thought) a typo. I sent off the request to the Kentucky Registrar and waited impatiently for the record. I checked the mailbox everyday. Sometimes even twice a day.  :0)  Finally I did get her birth certificate. 

I’ve found her in several census records. However, I can’t find her in anything other than my Dad’s birth certificate.  I believe she died around the time my Dad was 12 years old. I believe she died of Consumption (TB).  I’ve looked in Kentucky and Indiana. No luck in either state.

I have no pictures of Sissy.  The picture I have of her in my mind looks a lot like her Dad and Aunt Orzie (her sister). 

Ultimately, I’d like to learn the location of  her final resting place and also a picture of her.

I think of Sissy often and I pray that her soul does rest in peace.

Nichelle

Anna Mae & Sissy’s  Oldest Grandbaby

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Author: nichellemhayes

I am a part-time blogger and a full time observer of people and culture. I have been researching my family history for over 20 years. I previously served as President and President-Elect (Vice-President) of one the local genealogy groups. I’ve conducted genealogy lectures and training's for corporate organizations and family history centers. I have researched my maternal and paternal sides going back 7 generations. With all that work, there is still more to discover. My genealogical goals for 2014 are to submit to libraries and history centers, family history books covering several of my family lines. I am available for consultation.

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