Notes from the past…

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Front page headline: “1940 Census Yields 7th Husband!”

Or, “It’s HAPPY DANCE TIME again!”

I recently posted about uploading my database to When I did that, I checked out a few of my ancestors to see how they would appear on WeRelate.

To make a long story short, my data needed a bit of tidying up. The source citations are I created them in RootsMagic did not “translate” well into WeRelate’s wiki structure. Remember reading Beowulf in high school? Kinda like that… ;)

But as it turns out, that confusion is a good thing. I have started with my nearest deceased relative, and begun to review each person’s information. I have found lots of mistakes, and lots of new data.

As I reviewed my great-grandmother Dovie C ( McBurnett) Hall Stanley Epperson Epperson (same guy, second marriage) Priddy Bailey Copeland’s page, I discovered that I don’t have her 1940 census entry. Notice all those names? No, not multiple personalities (at least I don’t think so…). Dovie was married 7 times to 6 different men. By 1940, she was on her 4th marriage! That’s a lot of possible name combinations for my 1940 Census hunt!

Yet, search as I might, I could not find Dovie with any of those surnames.

As I believed she was still in the Tarrant County, Texas area, I used as search terms her “other” name of Ruby, DOB 1890 +/- 2 years, and born in Georgia, and looked at Tarrant County again.

This revised search led me at’s free 1940 US Census to:

Name: Ruby Coshnitzke
Respondent: Yes
Age: 48
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birthplace: Georgia
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Home in 1940: Tarrant, Texas
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Street: Anahauae Street
House Number: 803
Inferred Residence in 1935: Tarrant, Texas
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 30A
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 7th grade
Weeks Worked in 1939: 0
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
John Coshnitzke 40
Ruby Coshnitzke 48

I had never heard of John Coshnitzke. But the name Ruby, age of 48 and place of birth in Georgia were about right. And that address of 803 Anahauae Street, Tarrant County, Texas sounded very familiar…

After a bit of head-scratching and hair-pulling, I realized that Dovie’s 2nd son, my grandfather Victor Hall appeared in the 1940 US Census living at 805 Anahuac Ave in Tarrant County! Right across the street and 2 census pages over from Ruby Coshnitzke !

Could it be? ANOTHER MARRIAGE for Dovie?

I then went to the Tarrant County Marriage Index 1876-1944, available at the Fort Worth Central Library. And there was Ruby and John Coshnitzke’s September 1939 marriage, listed just a few lines up from Ruby and John Otys Priddy’s 1942 marriage!


Oh, myyyy!

A bit more searching and I found John Coshnitzke in the 1930 US Census (with his previous wife), his SSDI entry (died in Georgia), and his Georgia Death Index, 1933-1998 listing, as well as his Find A Grave page, buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Coweta, Georgia.

Wow, Dovie, how did you ever keep all those names straight???

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The Hill County marriage licenses arrived this morning, or… I’m DANCING ON THE CEILING!!!

The 4 Hill County marriage licenses arrived this morning, and I am beyond Happy Dance Mode! These are the original documents, folks! The oldest from 1882!

Here is the license for my great-grandaunt (an older sister of my great-grandmother Mary Tennessee Turner Rogers- I actually remember “MawMaw” Rogers, which makes this document even more precious!):

Wells/Turner marriage license (front)

Most interesting is the license for my 3GGM Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy. I just by pure luck happened upon a marriage index entry for Susan and 2nd husband J C Skipwith. I had no idea before that day that she had been married twice. No one in my family knew about it and I have numerous newspaper clippings of her after 1st husband Dr Nathan Blunt Kennedy’s death in 1897, and her death certificate from 1918, and she is never mentioned as “Skipwith”.

Skipwith/Kennedy marriage license(This isn’t the entire document. It is too long for my scanner. Sounds like I may need a Flip Pal scanner for my birthday next week…)

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Let the Happy Dance Marathon begin!

I just got an email back from Hillsboro, of my 10 couples who had been married in Hill County, Bill & Mollie of the Hill County Historical Commission found marriage licenses for 3 of them!

Most exciting: a license for my 3rd GGM Susan William Lee Martin to her 2nd husband J C Skipwith. Until today, I really wasn’t sure about this marriage, but now I have a document!

“I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it
I’m out to lose my mind
And I think I like it!”