Fun Serendipity

Today I was doing some research on my AncestryDNA matches and I was following a connection from the Cloud side of the family (my paternal grandmother’s maternal side). My 3rd great grandparents, William M. Cloud & Elizabeth Betsy Johnston, had a son Huey C. Cloud who is my 2nd great grandfather and his brother’s line was showing a 4th cousin DNA match to me. Newton Cloud had a daughter Delilia (Delilah) Leila Cloud and she had a daughter Bettie (Betty) Lee Meadows and she had a son but his name isn’t known because it is set to Private. This son had a daughter that is showing as my 4th cousin. So I was looking at Bettie (Betty) Lee Meadows on the 1930 Census and noticed the sheet was only partially filled in. I never saw that before so I looked at the entry written in the blank space and it said: “Here ends the Enumeration District 35-9 Richard N. Terral Enumerator.”  Richard N. Terral is my 2nd great grandfather from the opposite side of the family (my paternal grandfather’s paternal side).  I didn’t know he worked as an enumerator and it is always fun to stumble across the family that I wasn’t even researching at the time.

There are two Richard N. Terrals in my family tree so I did some math. Richard Nathan Terral, my 2nd great grandfather, was about 59 while Richard Nell Terral, his grandson, was only 12 at the time.

Census Enumerator 8 Apr 1930 to 16 Apr 1930 (Enumerator # 3601?). Enumeration District No. 35-9, Supervisor’s District 4, Sheet 1A to 7A.

Census where Richard N Terral was enumerator

A little bit of everybody – Cloud, Terral, Foster, Olds, John Harville

I have been researching most of the day.  Started off uploading some pictures to ancestry.com for the last few generations.  I have scanned in quite a few pics that came from my grandmother’s (Ruby Hanes Terral)  house.  I helped clean out her house when we had to sell it and I rescued the photographs so I could scan them in and share with the rest of the family.  It is nice to have a face to put with the name.  While I was uploading pics, I became distracted filling in some gaps in information on the Cloud and Terral sides.  I used the PDFs I have of the most recent generations.  I was trying to fill out all my father’s cousins so I could upload pics to theirs.

I did a little more looking on Samuel Osborne and John C. Hanes including searching at Newspapers.com and Fold3.com.  I found some people by those names but the dates and locations didn’t match up so I don’t think they were my guys.  I was pleased to find some interesting stories in the newspapers even though I don’t think they are my relatives.  Here is one about a man named Samuel Osborne:

Not relatives - Samuel C. Osborne old article

And this is a poem by a man named John C. Hanes (not a relative):

Not relatives - John C. Hanes poem

I also did some searching on those sites for John Harville because he pulls up with a Civil War service record.  I found a few different entries and it is hard to tell which is the correct John Harville.  More than likely the Confederate soldier and not the Union one because he is from Louisiana.

       I was happy to find some information on Mary Ann Olds, wife of Reuben Valentine and mother of Sophronia Valentine.  She showed up through ancestry.com as either Oles or Olds.  Looking through the census records led me to believe it should be Olds.   Her mother was listed as Ann Fortner in some places but when I worked back from Sophronia Valentine, my 2nd great grandmother it led to Mary Ann Olds.  Through census records and findagrave.com plus the names on Sophronia Valentine’s wedding certificate (I have a copy from a family member), I found names that supported Ann Foster Olds Parker Day as Mary Ann Olds mother.  Benjamin F. Parker, son of Ann Parker, was a witness at Sophronia Valentine’s wedding.  William J. Valentine, Sophronia’s brother, was also a witness.

          Now I’m questioning the man pulled up by ancestry as Mary Ann’s father because he lived in New York.  I will have to do some more digging on that line to try to support that relationship.

JC Hanes Sophronia Valentine marriage

1870 Census Valentine, Day

1860 Census Valentine, Day, Parker

1850 Census Ann Foster Parker

Ann Foster Day Olds findagrave

Mary Ann Olds headstone