I know you are going to think I'm crazy, but please bear with me. I recently found in the 1850 census of Houston County, TX the family of John BLAIR b. TN and wife Malinda b. KY which included 7 children: Sarah A.E. age 14 b. TN, Stephen J. age 13 b. TN, William J. age 11 b. MS, John K. age 10 b. MS, Hannah C. age 7 b. MS, Nancy J. age 5 b. MS, and Mary M. age 4 b. MS. I am very interested in this family because I think that Nancy J. age 5 may be my great-grandmother, Nancy Jane CRUSE, whom I know to have been born in 1845 in Mississippi, and whose mother was Malinda JONES.
Secondly, I found an 1849 marriage in Anderson County, TX for a Malinda CRUSE to John BLAIS (sic) which could either be a misreading of the word "BLAIR" or reflect the fact that the name "Blais" was frequently changed to "Blair."
Thirdly, I found in the LDS Ancestral File that someone has entered this family in the database with the mother's name listed as "Malinda Jones." I know that my great-great-grandmother was Malinda Jones. The only discrepancy I can find is that the submitter entered the birthplace for the last 5 children as "MO." A close reading of the original census makes me even more convinced that the abbreviation stands for "Mississippi" as it is written "Miss" with the first "s" inscribed like the old-fashioned "f."
What do you think? Do you think your Stephen J. Cruce could be the Stephen J. "Blair" in this census? Or do you think I'm reaching for stars?
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