Looking for parents of Mary Jane Walker b. abt 1850, married to Elisha Towns in Telfair County, Ga.

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I am looking for the parents of my great-grandmother, Mary Jane Walker.

I have found a marriage certificate for Mary Jane Walker to Elisha E Towns on Mar 4, 1872 in Telfair County (signed by W.? Campbell, Deputy Clerk).

The Telfair County (337 District) 1880 Census lists her as the wife of Elisha Edward Towns, age 24, with 3 daughters and 1 son (Mary C, Isabelle, Sussie, and James A.). She would have been born around 1856.

The 1900 Telfair (Towns District) census lists Elisha Towns as head of household, but there is no wife listed. Children are: Mary C., Belle, Sarah M, Hilton, Mary Jane, Alice, Arthur, Ella. It also states that the “mother” of these children was born in Georgia.

The 1910 Telfair (Militia Dist 1885) census lists Eliza J as the wife of Elisha Towns, so Mary Jane could hav died before May 1904 (Elisha married Eliza) and at least after 1890. My grandfather, Arthur Jackson Towns, was born in 1890 and my mother says she remembers him saying his mother died when he was a “couple years old”. The 1900 census lists a younger sister, Ella, age 8, so she was born around 1892. (Theory? Possibly Mary Jane died in childbirth in 1892? No proof.)

EDITED TO ADD:  The 1880 census lists her parents born in Georgia.

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in Genealogy Help by Karen Herndon G2G6 (7.9k points)
edited by Karen Herndon

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There is a Grave marker ,McRae,Telfair County Georgia.

Find A Grave # 70380508. Unfortunate,but no info on marker.

There is a Mary J. Walker in 1860 Census,living in Henry Georgia.

Georgia was late to keep records.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (921k points)
Thanks for the check in findagrave.  Don't know how I missed that one.  I will have to take a drive down to Telfair County/Oak Ridge Cemetery to check it out and see who is buried close by.  We had always thought she might be buried at Sandhill, where the family story is that her husband Elisha Towns is buried in an unmarked grave.

I'm not having any luck finding the Henry County Georgia 1860 census :(  I'll keep looking.

Thanks for replying.


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