Edna Mae was born on June 13, 1903, in Lapeer, Michigan, to Charles H. and Sarah M. Glover Barber. She married Jay C Guilds on March 20, 1941, in Pontiac, Michigan. She died on June 4, 1942, in Pontiac, Michigan, at the age of 38, and was buried in Metamora, Michigan.
According to her death certificate she died from Toxaemia of Pregnany at full term and primipara age 38. The baby was stillborn.
In a previous post, I discovered some clues in my McKnight/Guilds mystery.
After Beatrice divorced her husband, she married Henry McKnight.
Well by the time the 1940 census came out my Grandma Beatrice is married to Henry J. McKnight. All of the children from Beatrice’s first marriage, along with the child that Beatrice and Henry had together are living with the couple.
My Grandpa Bernie and my Uncle Richard both went by McKnight for the rest of their lives, I don’t know if at some point after marrying Beatrice, Henry adopted the children. My dad’s middle name came from my Grandpa Bernie’s younger half-brother Alton.
What I do know is that Beatrice and Henry owned a laundry mat in Pontiac and that they lived quite close to where my Dad grew up. He told me when he got in trouble, he would ride his bike over a couple of streets to his grandmas.
Bless your ancestors!
(1) Ancestry.com. Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.Original data: Michigan, Marriage Records, 1867–1952. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics.
(2) Year: 1940; Census Place: Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: T627_1801; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 63-105. Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643
I love a good mystery, especially when it comes to genealogy. I have been reading a lot of Genealogy Related Mystery books lately and it got me thinking about some of the mysteries in my family tree. One of the biggest is a story my daddy has told me all my life, that I could never prove. Well last night, I couldn’t sleep, so I dived into the mystery and got some answers! My Daddy always said that our last name should have been Giles (his spelling), but that an adoption had occurred that made us McKnight’s. Last night as I was researching, I found a marriage record for Beatrice Mae Jones, my great-grandmother, to a Jay Guilds (pretty similar sounding to Giles) on 10 Nov 1922. Unfortunately for me, I do not have full access to ancestry.com right now to get the actual marriage certificate. However, what information I could gleam off the index listing leads me to believe this is the right one. Now fast forward to the 1930 census. Grandma Beatrice is living with her father, Charles Arthur Jones, Stepmother Goldie Guilds (notice the last name?) and her three children, Bernard (my grandfather), Wilma Mae, and Richard (Dick).
Hmmm…her husband is nowhere to be found on this census, which isn’t entirely unusual in the 1930’s during the great depression. I haven’t found a census entry for Jay yet, but I am still looking. However, when I searched Beatrice’s name I did find this:
Wow, my jaw hit the floor when I saw this! I couldn’t believe it especially the cause of divorce “Extreme and repeated cruelty; non-support.
One other interesting thing about this mystery, did you notice the name of Beatrice’s step-mother? That’s right Goldie Guilds. Goldie is the younger sister of Jay C. Guilds. I having a feeling that made for some interesting family gatherings.
While the mystery isn’t completely solved and I may never know what exactly happened between Beatrice and my biological great-grandfather, Jay, every brick wall knocked down gets me closer to finding my family.
(1) Year: 1930; Census Place: West Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan; Roll: 1019; Page: 29B; Enumeration District:0138; Image: 1119.0; FHL microfilm: 2340754. Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
(2) Ancestry.com. Michigan, Divorce Records, 1897-1952 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Michigan. Divorce records. Michigan Department of Community Health, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing, Michigan.rolls.