I am trying to trace my family tree and have not had much luck so far. I believed my paternal grandmother was Mary Jane Chedester who was known for her auburn hair. I recently got my parents death certificates and the name was Jane Chichister. She married my grandfather, Emmett B. Bates (who I was told was Edwin Bates. Of course looking for two wrong names slowed me up a bit in my search, but hope I am on the right track now). They would have been married sometime between 1880 and 1891. They lived and raised their family in Iowa. Most of the males in the Bates family were coal miners. They had five children: Ida, Nellie, Herbert Maehue, Lawrence and Chloe.
Herbert was my father and he was born in 1899 in Heynes, Iowa. He married Helen Lois Archibald and they had five children; Doris Elnora, Donald Maehue, Marcella Louise, Shirley Jewell, and Gladys Arlene. Mary Jane, or Jane, was my grandfather's second wife. His first wife had three children; Arnold, Fannie, and Edwin, (or it could have been Edward and I always heard him referred to as Eddie. I was the youngest of Herbert's (always known as Chub) children. I was many years younger than the other siblings so there is no one left to ask any questions.
PLEASE, CAN ANYONE HELP ME? I WOULD BE VERY, VERY APPRECIATIVE !!
GLADYS BATES FINCH
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