This Was A First For Me!

Earlier in the year I was researching Fredrick Epps Mayo, Jr.  I wasn’t getting anywhere so I put it aside hoping a fresh start later on would be more successful.   This afternoon I decided to have another go at it.

Right off the bat I found the 1900 Census.  It listed Fred, his wife Lucy and their children, Alma, Anna, Willie and Walter.  There was a boarder living with them named Josie Truetham.  They were all living in Lincoln Parish.  It was dated 25 Jun 1900.

1900UnitedStatesFederalCensus_FE Mayo Page 1

1900UnitedStatesFederalCensus_FE Mayo Page 2

I was happy.  Maybe I would have better luck this time.  That was when I noticed that I already had the 1900 Census for him.  I checked it out thinking I had made a mistake.  There was no mistake.  There they were: Fred, Lucy, Alma, Anna, Willie, Walter and Josie the boarder.  In Monroe, Ouachita Parish.  It was dated 13 Dec 1900.

1900UnitedStatesFederalCensus_FE Epps Page 3

I am sure this has happened before, just not to me.  It makes me want to go back through my tree and check all the other families.

3 thoughts on “This Was A First For Me!

  1. It was a first for me, too! And imagine my surprise since this is my family – my grandmother didn’t join the bunch until 1908 so she wasn’t listed. This is the first and only time I’ve found any reference to my Mayo family in Lincoln Parish. As I was growing up, my grandmother (who lived with us) only talked about life in Farmerville (Union Parish) and Monroe (Ouachita Parish). I plan to pursue this Lincoln Parish connection further — someday. Looks like Fred owned land in Lincoln but rented in Monroe.


      • I have no idea who she was, but I noticed that she was from Arkansas, and I believe my great-grandmother, Lucy Dotson Mayo, lived in Arkansas for several years. I think I’ll pursue Josie as possibly a relative of Lucy’s. Lucy has been a horrible brick wall for me.


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