Does anyone know who the father was of Ollie L Sherlin

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Ollie L Sherlin was born in 1897 in the state of North Carolina. I am looking for the name of her parents. In the 1900 Census she was living in her Grandfathers home, Henry Sherlin. any help with this would be greatly appreciated,
in Genealogy Help by Bev Webb G2G Crew (640 points)

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Did you notice that in 1910 an Ollie Shirlen, 10, (age a few years off), is enumerated with James and Martha Shirlen in the same county as Ollie was in 1900?

This same James and Martha Shirlen are enumerated in 1880 on the same page as Henry Shirlen, the grandfather of Ollie. And based on the number of children born to Henry's wife per the 1900 census, there's a good chance that James was son of Henry, and possible father of Ollie.

What I don't like is the difference in ages of Ollie in the 1900 and 1910 census, but census records are often not exact. You'd need to triangulate this with other data about Ollie's birth.

If I were you, I would seek additional information about the family of James and Marth(a) Shirlen to see if you can identify any other possible links between the two families.
by Jillaine Smith G2G6 Pilot (771k points)
Thanks Jillaine, but I know that Ollie and Mary Etta Sherlin were living in Newport TN. in 1910. Mary Etta had married my great grandfather James Webb and Ollie was listed as his stepdaughter. Ollie eventually married my grandfather George W Webb,the son of James Webb. I assumed That Mary Etta was her mother and Ollie was possibly born out of wedlock. The other possibility is that she was the daughter of one of Henry Sherlins sons and she went with Mary Etta because Henry and his wife were getting up in age to be raising a young child.

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