Help Connect Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson, One of NASA's "Human Computers"

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During the 1950s, NASA sought out a number of women to help with calculations for the space program. One of those women was an African American mathematician, born Katherine Coleman. Through marriage she would later use the names Goble and Johnson, and today she is best known as Katherine Johnson. Her accuracy was such that she became of key importance to the space program, ensuring the accuracy of the navigation charts and trajectories used for both manned and unmanned space flight.

Katherine Johnson and her African American colleagues at NASA are the subjects of the film Hidden Figures, due to be released in January 2017. Let's do our best to highlight these extraordinary individuals by connecting their profiles to the Global Family Tree.

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P.S. Please let me know if you would like to be added to the trusted list for this profile. Your efforts will be very much appreciated. Thanks! ~PDL

WikiTree profile: Katherine Johnson
in The Tree House by Pamela Lloyd G2G6 Mach 3 (39.5k points)
edited by Pamela Lloyd

Dear Pamela,

     This may be the family in the 1920 census of West Virginia.

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MN2T-VS1 : accessed 11 April 2016), Katherine Coleman in household of Joshua M Coleman, White Sulphur, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States; citing sheet 9B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,821,953.

 Since Katharine is protected, should sources be put here? -NGP

Here is a likely maiden name for Joylette - LOWE.

"Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XR7Y-NZD : accessed 11 April 2016), Joshua M. Coleman and Joylette Lowe, 29 Sep 1909; citing Danville (Independent City), Virginia, reference yr 1909 p 6761; FHL microfilm 888,899.

-NGP

Father Joshua's death record:

"West Virginia Deaths, 1804-1999," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N97R-K4H : accessed 11 April 2016), Joshua Coleman in entry for Horace Lee Coleman, 07 Nov 1950; citing Richmond, Henrico, Virginia, County Records, p 71, county courthouses, West Virginia; FHL microfilm 460,374.

Here is father Joshua with his parents in the 1900 census of West Virginia.

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9CJ-ZL6 : accessed 11 April 2016), Joshua Coleman in household of Horace Coleman, White Sulphur district, Greenbrier, West Virginia, United States; citing sheet 1B, family 15, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,759.

Seems like Joylette's father died before 1900, if this is her family.

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MMJJ-G6V : accessed 11 April 2016), Joyilett Lowe in household of Roberta Lowe, Danville city Ward 4, Pittsylvania, Virginia, United States; citing sheet 16B, family 342, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,241,734.

Maybe a marriage record for Joyette LOWE's parents.  The names, place, and timing are all good.

"North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8CK-9QB : accessed 11 April 2016), Lee Lowe and Roberta Johnson, 19 Sep 1885; citing Oregonville Twp., North Carolina, reference ; FHL microfilm 518,423.

If everything up to this point is good, this could be the next step in the LOWE family, and there are many family members listed together here.

"United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW8B-LM4 : accessed 11 April 2016), Lee Lowe in household of Abraham Lowe, North Carolina, United States; citing p. 6, family 46, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,656.

I wish there was a way I could mark each and every one of your comments with Love. Thank you all for your time and effort.

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Hi All, I'm looking in from my cell and seeing all of your wonderful work. Thank you so, so much!

Since Katherine Johnson is still living, I can't make her profile public, but if you want to help, just let me know, and I will add you to the trusted list when I get home this afternoon.
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