Sunday, June 27, 2010

Where is Amelia Grace Lindley?

One of my biggest brickwalls is that of a Ms. Amelia Grace Horton Lindley, also known as Grace Amelia by some branches of the family. One of the reasons that I have such trouble with Ms. Amelia is that no one seems to have an accurate idea of what happened to her. Some say she died during or shortly after childbirth, and other say she ran away with a handsome whipper-snapper.

Without a consistent story to base my research off of, I set out to find all the documents I could in hopes of piecing together her story. Here's what I have:

The Early Years
I know that according to the 1900 US Census, Amelia (Horton) Lindley was born in May of 1875 in Iowa.  According to her marriage certificate, her parents were named G.S. Horton and ____ Stills.  A handwritten document that was passed down through the family states that her parents names were Jasper and Eliza.

Amelia Horton married Ulysses Lindley on September 13, 1893 in Jones County, Iowa.

1900 US Census
By the 1900 US Census, Ulysses and Amelia had two children: Ernie (2 years) and Ma[r]y (8 months).  Sadly, this census also shows that Amelia had given birth to 3 children, but just the two were living.  Her birth location is listed as Iowa, her father was born in Vermont, and her mother in Wisconsin. She could read, write, and speak English. Ulysses and Amelia owned (mortgaged) a farm in Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa.

1905 Iowa State Census
Amelia and Ulysses are still living in Morely, Rome Township, Jones County, Iowa.

1910 United States Federal Census
Sometime after 1905, Amelia and Ulysses moved from Iowa to Wisconsin.  They rented a farm in Richland Township, Richland County.  Amelia is now listed as having gave birth to 5 children, 4 of whom are living: Ernest (12), Mary J (9), Frank E (7), and James (5). Her birth location and her father's remain the same, but her mother's is recorded as Ohio, instead of Wisconsin. She is still listed as having the ability to read and write.

This is Where I Lose Amelia
Ulysses and a few children show up in Willow, Richland, Wisconsin in the 1920 US Census. Ernest (22) and James (17) are listed as farm laborers with their father.  A new addition named Francelia is listed as a daughter in her relation to the head of the household (Ulysses). Ulysses is listed as Widowed.

I have searched death records and scoured local cemetery records to no avail. Which leads us to...

The Cheating Grandma?
There is a story that says shortly after giving birth to Francelia, she ran off with some whipper-snapper (my G-Ma's words, not mine). There is a tragic story about her leaving the baby but I won't go into that now until I can get proof either way. If she left, where did she go? Could either of these ladies be her?

  • Several online trees (and we all know how accurate these can be) have attached a Social Security Death Index to her of a woman by the name of Alma Lindley who died in Dec 1974 in San Diego, California. 
  • I recently found another online tree for a woman named Grace Horton MacBeth. This lady was born on 6 May 1874 in Iowa.  She died 12 Jan 1956 in Alameda, California. 

My Next Move
I now need to look into these two women listed above. I will do all I can to trace them online, and then I just may have to pony up the dough and buy their death certificates in hopes of finding more details.

1 comment:

  1. This is very interesting, and I will be sure to follow along, as I have a somewhat similarly mysterious case with one of my ancestors. As a matter of fact, I just got his DC last week when I was in NY, and I've been thinking of doing a post very similar to this one to outline what I know, what I need to know, and what is totally confusing about him!

    Stick to it!