Looking for any Pendergraft/Pendergrass that may have been in or around Van Zandt Co. TX from at least 1870 to 1900.
There was a J.C.(J.O. in one transcription...may be something besides a "C" or an "O")Pendergrass married to a M.E. Striplin/Stricklin in Van Zandt Co. TX on April 16, 1878.
My ggrandmother, Annie Pendergrass, stated that Ervine Strickland was her mother. Records show that her father may have indeed been married before and Annie is from that marriage. Annie was born August 31, 1876, which would be putting her born two years before the marriage of Pendergrass and Stricklin.
I feel strongly that Pendergrass' first wife died while Annie (Annie Emma..or..Emma Annie) was very young, and he married Stricklin. If this is the case, my ggrandmother could have more siblings than the child shown with Ervine in the 1880 census (and is the only one I know of).
Pendergrass and Ervine were not together very long. Because the 1880 Van Zandt Co. census shows her in the household of Samuel Mullins as a 19 year old widow with an infant son, Perry. Samuel Mullins is listed as her uncle. She had no other children with her. Family story is that she and Pendergrass split up...he took the kids and distributed them among his family to be raised. Then I find Perry with her.
If they did indeed split up...and he took kids with him, I feel those kids were from his previous marriage.....Annie included. He may have died, and being as young as Stricklin was...and obviously pregnant, or just given birth....she let his kids be distributed among his family.
So, my gggrandmother may not be a Striplin/Stricklan/Strickland, at all. But, may be the previous wife of this Pendergrass/Pendergraft gentleman.
So many of you have tried so hard to help me, and I could never make a connection. And, you just don't know how much I have appreciated the efforts you made. But, I feel that all the initial information that I had given to begin with was not accurate. I still don't know the "real" story, but I have a strong hunch that the above information is closer to it than the original story.
Also, if anyone has a 3-5 year old girl in their line by the name of Annie(or Emma, Annie E., Emma A., A.E., E.A.) Pendergrass/Pendergraft in an 1880 census (TX...or records show her father could be from AR...there may also be OK or CA connections to the Pendergrass name), please check to see if she could possibly be my ggrandmother. She was born in TX, but her father or relatives could have taken her elsewhere by then.
Sorry this post is so long. But, I really wanted to get the information across. And, thanks for any little piece of information that you can provide.
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