Every family researcher has an ancestor that interests them more than any others. My friend in Russellville, who is as nuts about genealogy as me, has one…Sally Briley. I have one. Her name was Mamie Daisy Delia Margaret Eva Ella Annie Laura Lee Ellison Farley Key…or at least that’s what I was told by my grandmother. She was supposedly named after all her aunts…of which I can find none!
Mamie was my great-great grandmother on my mother’s maternal side.
She was born either in Georgia or Alabama in…
…1879 (1910 Census)
…1873 (1920 & 1940 Census’)
…1878 (1930 Census)
…March 17, 1863 (death certificate)
…1869 (headstone date)
…1865 (my mother told me Mamie was 89 when she died)
I have no idea when the woman was born because apparently she lied every time she was asked her date of birth!
I do know that she married (although I haven’t found a marriage license) James P. Farley and had three children: James Albert, Almer (who apparently died as an infant), and Mary Magdalene. James died and then she married John Washington Key on July 24, 1904 in Cullman County, Alabama. I have a copy of the marriage license.
I know that Mamie and John Key had at least six children:
Eugenia Leonie Tressie Jane
I have found her on the 1900 – 1940 Census’, but she seems to have dropped out of the sky in 1900 into Jefferson County, Alabama. I can find no trace of her before 1900.
Mamie had at least one sister, Josephine (Josie), who married Hiram Crawford in 1894 in Morgan County, Alabama. Josie had a twin sister that died at birth or shortly after. I’m not even sure exactly what their maiden name was. Mamie’s death certificate shows her father’s last name as Ellison. Josie’s death certificate shows her father’s last name as Allison.
I do know that Mamie died of hypertension and heart disease on December 3, 1954 in Walker County, Alabama and she’s buried in New Prospect Cemetery in Jasper.
One of these days I will find Mamie’s parents and siblings. I’ve been searching for them for about 15 years and I’ve been told that persistence pays off. We’ll see.