Researching Lucy Ethel WHITAKER Jordan Hansard
Lucy Ethel WHITAKER Jordan Hansard is my Great Grandmother. I can not find a birth record for Lucy Ethel WHITAKER Jordan Hansard. It is my theory that Lucy Ethel WHITAKER is the daughter of Valentine Columbus WHITAKER and Lucy Ann FENLEY (or FINLEY). While this matches with some family lore (the name "Broughton" is in both families) there are other pieces of information on the web that do not match, for instance that Valentine's Lucy was born "about 1866." I have not been able to contact the person who posted this information, so more research is needed.
1880 US Census, Texas, Nacogdoches County, Douglass
Year: 1880; Census Place: Douglass, Nacogdoches, Texas; Roll: T9_1320; Family
History Film: 1255320; Page: 207.1000; Enumeration District: 48; 12 Jun 1880;
At first glance, this Lucy appears to be the daughter of Kittie Whitaker, but this is a false assumption. Starting with the head of the household, J. B. FENLEY is a single male. Listed next is his mother Nancy A. Fenley who is widowed. Next is Nettie FENLEY, a single female, sister to J. B. FENLEY. Next is Kittie Whitaker, a widowed female, also a sister to J. B. FENLEY. Next is three-year old Clinton WHITAKER, a son to Kittie Whitaker. Last in this list is three-year old Lucy WHITAKER, possibly a twin to Clinton, except that both of his parents were born in Texas, and Lucy's parents were born in Tennessee and Georgia. Also, instead of writing "Daughter" in the relation field, the census taker clearly wrote a cursive capital "D" then struck through it with a horizontal line. It does seem pretty clear that neither of this Lucy's parents are in this household.
Continuing my theory, I believe these are the people in the household:
John Broughton FINLEY born 2 Nov 1838 (head of household)
I still can not prove that this is match to my Lucy Ethel WHITAKER. Meanwhile, there is a published book by a well known and respected author who I have corresponded with who states that Lucy's parents are Dr. John WHITAKER and Kizziah Amanda FENLEY. After a few emails, the author has since retracted that statement, but the book is in public and personal libraries, plus the incorrect information is still published on the Web.
Nacogdoches County, Texas Marriage Records: "Jas. M. JORDAN to Lucy E. WHITAKER Feb. 16, 1896."
Notes: Family lore has it that James Marion JORDAN married Lucy Ethel WHITAKER in 1896. Looks like a match to me.
The first sure mention of Lucy Ethel WHITAKER Jordan in a US Census record:
1900 US Census, Texas, Angelina County, ED
#3, Sheet 8A, lines 34-37 Name Relation Color
Sex Date of Birth (month year) Age at last Birthday
Marital Status Number of years married Mother of how many
children Number of these children living Place of Birth
Place of Father's Birth Place of Mother's Birth
Notes: Family lore says that James Marion JORDAN and Lucy Ethel WHITAKER had three children: John Raymond JORDAN in 1897 (my Grandfather), Gertrude May JORDAN in 1899, and James Broughton JORDAN in 1902. The name and date of the first child listed is a match, but the name of the second child listed, a daughter, is mostly unintelligible but you can see a "G" and an "M." James Broughton (Dick) JORDAN was not yet born. Looks like a match. We now know that James Marion JORDAN was born in November 1868 and Lucy Ethel WHITAKER was born in Jan 1878. They were both born in Texas, as were the first two children.
Family lore says that after James Marion JORDAN died sometime between 1902 and 1908, Lucy Ethel WHITAKER Jordan married John Barton HANSARD, Sr. in 1908. John was born on 14 Jan 1865 in Georgia, USA. He died on 11 Sep 1949 in Memorial Hospital, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas, USA. He was buried in Trinity, Trinity County, Texas, USA. They had the following children:
1 - John Barton HANSARD, Jr. was born about 1910 and "died at the age of
4 years" or about 1915.
A. H. graciously provided me with the following United States Census records (thank you!):
1910 United States Census, Polk County, Texas - Polk
County, Texas - Precinct 1 ED 89 - Page 146A - Sheet 15A - April 29, 1910 250/209
1920 United States Census, Trinity County, Texas -
Trinity County, Texas - Town of Trinity ED 144 - Page 69B - Sheet 18B - January
31, 1920 180/184
1930 United States Census, Walker County, Texas - Precinct
1 ED 5 - Page 62A - Sheet 9A - April 7, 1930 168/168
Here is Lucy Ethel WHITAKER's Death Certificate:
Notes: The "Informant" was Dick JORDAN who was her son, James Broughton JORDAN. If her son did not know anything about her parents or her birth date, then I think I can safely assume that the age was a guess also. According to the 1900 Census, her birth date was January 1878, so if we take that as fact, then she was only 54 at the time of her death. I can not find any burial or cemetery record for her in Walker County or Trinity County.
Time Line for Lucy Ethel WHITAKER
If anyone has any information on Lucy Ethel WHITAKER Jordan Hansard, I would like to hear from you.
Last updated on January 17, 2014
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