Who were the parents of Jettie Jenkins born 06/23/1877 in Dyer County, TN?

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in Genealogy Help by Gerry Day G2G Rookie (280 points)
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The only Jettie in the 1880 census, who was born in TN, records the following individuals:

Jerrie [Jerry] Marchant, black male age 55
Lizzie, black female age 30 (wife)
Albert, black male age 12 (son)
Henry, black male age 4 (son)
Jettie, black female, age 2 (daughter)
John, black male, age 1 month (son)

Note: On Jerry, I believe that the census taker misspelled his name as "Jerrie" and that the correct spelling is "Jerry." This opinion is based on this: In the Tennessee deaths and burials index, Albert Marchant, born 1868, died 1915, has a father listed as Jerry Marchant, born in NC. His mother's maiden name is listed as Lizzie Fowlkes, born in TN.

I can't be certain it's the same person though. I didn't find an exact birthdate.

That said... Are you sure you didn't misread a record and you're actually looking for Jennie Jenkins?

I located a Jennie Jenkins who was born in Tennessee, and died a few months old. The grave marker says:

Birth: Nov. 7, 1878
Death: Feb. 28, 1879
A.R. & S.E. Jenkins

It is located at Mount Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery, Lauderdale County, Tennessee, USA. As she was not stillborn, but rather died as a baby, it is possible she was in the other county at the time, rather than in Dyer County. Lauderdale is immediately South of Dyer (they share a border).

Here are the links to the information on Jennie Jenkins:


And a map of the TN counties (Dyer and Lauderdale both on far West side):


The only other variant I could think of is Jessie, and while I found some records for a Jessie Jenkins (white female, born in TN, married to a William Jenkins), I can't be sure since I cannot find an exact birthdate for her.

by Laura Larsen G2G Rookie (260 points)
Thank you so much for your help, Laura. Jettie Jenkins was my maternal great-grandmother. I am sure of the spelling, through death and marriage records, and the fact that she lived with my mother and grandmother for most of her life. Her roots are a mystery. I can't find any documentation regarding her parents or her residency prior to her marrying my great-grandfather. I know she was born in TN, but I think I will have to expand my search to other states. Thank you again. I really appreciate your efforts.
Absolutely, my pleasure. If you can provide me with a little more info (her husband's name, for instance), I'll be happy to check all of my resources again. It's very difficult to try to find a person with only the birthdate. Another thing that may help would be the name of at least one of her children (if you'd rather not provide all the kids, the eldest is the most useful, as they may be in more censuses).

I'll be honest; I love a good challenge. I just ran into dead ends with the limited info. I'd love to give it another shot with whatever additional info you can give me... I have close to a dozen different repositories I can check for you.
Hope this will help. Jettie married my great-grandfather Alfred Troutt on Jan. 07,1897 in Dyer County, TN. Her oldest child was named Berta, and her youngest was my grandmother Beatrice born Aug. 17, 1901. They lived in TN, MO, and ARK at various times. She died on March 02, 1944 in ARK. Thank you again for any assistance you can provide.
That helped very much!

I am finding quite a few records now, and I'm working my way backward to try and find her parents...

Do you already have images of the census sheets she's on, and her marriage certificate? If not, I can forward those to you, as well as anything else I can find.
Good morning, Laura. Yes. I do have the census sheets as well as the marriage license and the death certificate from ARK. If you are able to locate any other documents, I would appreciate your forwarding those. Again.... I can't thank you enough.

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