Hi Chris: I was surprised to get your reply so quickly. Thank you for the verification. In a couple of days I will send you an e-mail with all of our "down the line" information. You can pick and choose what you want to use. Sorry, I don't have any photographs of anyone further back than my father. He was not close to his family. When I started the geneology research, I didn't even know his parents' names.
In response to your question about Elizabeth's birthdate, our Elizabeth Pamplin is in the 1860 census with Elijah and Sarah R. She is listed as Bettie and is 5 years old.
I couldn't find her in 1870.
In the 1880 census she is shown as married to John S. Crawford and her age is given as 22 making an estimated birthdate of 1858.
In the 1900 census, she is still married to John and lists her birthdate as May, 1855. You may not have been able to find them because there was a transposition of John's initials on the census. They are in Limestone County, Texas and he is listed as S. J. Crawford. She is listed as Lizzie. They are found on the same page as my grandfather Auvy's family and John's brother Berry's widow Sallie Crawford and her children.
My grandfather Auvy's Social Security application and death certificate list his parents as John S. Crawford and Elizabeth Pamplin, his birthplace as Lincoln County, TN and his birthdate as May 10, 1880. Given these certificates, the 1860 census, and the 1900 census, I do believe that her birthdate is May, 1855.
Elizabeth's age was not the only problem with the recording of this family in the 1880 census. It shows a 1 month old son (Auvy's) age named "Russell". Either the name is wrong or they were twins and Auvy wasn't listed. A second possibility is that he wasn't born until May 10, 1881--as indicated by some other records. Other children's names were horribly misspelled. This may have been one of those instances where the family wasn't home and a neighbor supplied the information to the census taker.
Around 1897 John, his father Robert, his brother Berry (deceased by 1900), and his sister Sarah (married to Thomas Archie Beard) have moved to Texas. Other members of the family may have gone with them, but I haven't devoted much time to that research yet.
In the 1900 and 1910 census' Robert is living with Thomas and Sarah in Milam County, Texas. In the 1910 census John is found still in Limestone County with his youngest daughter Verna (16). He is shown as a widower.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions or corrections. You'll have the other information soon.
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