Last year, I started a journey in search of “from whence I came.” I uncovered new information since writing the first two posts, “From Whence I Came: Gilbert and Mary” and “Family History: New Information-New Questions”.
A review of the Census Reports from 1900-1920 revealed new information about the eleven children of my great-great-grandparents, Gilbert and Mary Shegog. According to the:
1900 Census Report there were seven (7) children in the household:
- Minerva (13-years-old) – My Great-Grandmother
- Tommie (13-years-old) – Uncle Buddy
- Abbie (9-years-old) – ????
- Lily (8-years-old) – ???
- Roxie – (4-years-old) – Aunt Roxie
- Willie – (8-years-old) – Aunt Willie
- Johnnie – Uncle Johnnie
1910 Census Report there were four (4) new children in the household.
- Sallie (6-years-old) – Aunt Sallie
- Walter (5-years-old) – ?????
- Josie (3-years-old) – Aunt Josie
- Robert (0 years old) – Uncle Robert
- I didn’t know about, Abbie, Lily and Walter. What happened to them.
- What was my Great-Grandmother Minerva’s first husband’s name?
- What was my Great-Great-Grandmother Mary’s maiden name?
I reached a dead-end searching through Census Reports because:
- I could not find verifiable matches for Gilbert Shegog in the Census Report for 1870, 1880 or 1890;
- The name of slaves were not recorded on Census Reports until 1870. Only their age, gender, race, and the slaveholder’s name were recorded.
I hope to find more information about those who came before when I visit my cousin this summer. She is the keeper of our family Bible and photo album.
In the meantime, I plan to:
- write of times spent with the children of Gilbert and Mary Shegog — Uncle Buddy, Aunt Roxie, Aunt Willie, Uncle Johnnie, Aunt Sallie, Aunt Josie, and Uncle Robert.
- search for information in public records and other documents.
I began this journey to find out from “Whence I Came.” for me, my children, grandchildren, future generations as well as others who may have an interest in following me on this journey.