Female Ancestors 1/2 of the puzzle

ImageAnyone who has done even a tiny bit of research in the distant past, knows how difficult it can be to learn about female ancestors. There is a frequent tendency for women to be identified as Mrs. James Curtis in public documents. This makes it very hard to find women’s first names and often impossible to find birth surnames (maiden).

 

I have been blessed, in that I know most of the first names and birth surnames of my female ancestors. If you are only researching male ancestors you are missing 1/2 of the puzzle.

 

Today I’m going to shine a light on Mary Martin Hayes Williams, one of my direct female ancestors. She was born February 1884 in Kentucky and died November 1964 at the age of 80.  She married Hubert Hayes and the couple  had 5 children. Four girls and 1 boy.  According to one of her grandson’s she was a kind and loving woman who cared deeply for her family.

I learned Mary’s full name from one of her grandson’s. From there I was able to find her death certificate which gave the full names of her parents.

When Mary was born women didn’t have the right to vote. According to Historyorb.com  on,  “Mar 8th – Susan B. Anthony addresses the U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote. Anthony’s argument came 16 years after legislators had first introduced a federal women’s suffrage amendment.”  And the Civil War had only been over for 19 years. I can only imagine what life was like for a woman of African descent living in Kentucky. How I wish I knew some of her thoughts and feelings.

This is just a tiny bit of the story of her life. I challenge you to document the story of the women of your family. Learn their birth names and that of their parents. I am blessed to speak her name and have her picture. For today that will be enough.

 

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Louisiana Ancestors . . . In honor of Mardi Gras

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Louisa Brown was born circa 1869 in Louisiana. Her parents were Henry and Ester.  She married James Curtis in 1884.  The two had 13 children together.  They also helped to raise a few of their grandchildren.  The two lived in St. Marys Parish (southern LA).  They now have thousands of descendants all over the United States.

Roland L. Hayes – Gospel Singer

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Roland (at the end on the far left)

Roland Hayes was born in Smith Grove, KY on  April 1, 1915. He was a gospel singer in Kentucky and later in Indianapolis, IN. He was the father of Ronzo and Albert. He also worked as a night watchman at Cornell-Dubilier company from 1951 – 1954. His employers noted he was a, “Good worker and a trusted employee”.   According to the Indianapolis Recorder, March 27, 1954 he lived in Indianapolis from 1951 – 1954. Roland was a member of Greater Zion Baptist Church  and the Greater Indianapolis Temple of the Elks 899.

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Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

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