Ennis family confusion and Brick wall

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I am trying to find information on my 2x Great grandparents. This is my brick wall family. Here is what I do know. Their names were James Ennis and Louise/Louisa last name a bit of confusion. From 1880 Census I know that James was born abt. 1832 in North Carolina. This is the only information I have for him. His wife Louise/Louisa is a even bigger mystery.Louise/Louisa was born in Alabama in Abt. 1839. Most likely Mobile area. She died in Lincoln County, Mississippi on 11/6/1911 and is buried without James Ennis at Rosehill Cemetery in Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi in the same plots as her daughter Josephine Ennis Dyess and husband.  I have seen numerous maiden names for her. I have seen McAdory, Payne, Richardson. I have death certificates for her son William and her daughter Sarah. William's death certificate gives her the maiden name of Richardson. Sarah's doesn't list a maiden name. More confusion is with husbands. We know for a fact that she married James Ennis, but according to Sarah's death certificate her father was James Nelson. Could this be a first husband of Louise/Louisa or was this a typo. All but one of Sarah's 4 children's death certificates list her as Sarah Ennis.

Known Children of James Ennis and Louise/Louisa are:

1.George Washington Ennis who married Mary Ann "Mamie" Lofton

2. William T Ennis - never married

3. John Ennis - no information found on his other than listed in 1880 Census

4. Josephine Idelius Ennis who married James Prentiss Dyess

5. Mattie Ennis who married Louis Dunn

There are 2 other children, but I can't find anything out on them. If there was a first marriage to James Nelson, could they be a Nelson or were they a Ennis?

6.Irene ? From my grandmother - she said that she thinks she may have married a Rich and stayed in Alabama

7. Mary ? From my grandmother - she didn't remember spouse name but she thinks they lived in Bassfield, Jefferson Davis County, Mississippi


Other information my grandmother mentioned. She said that Louise/Louisa won the Belle of Mobile when she was young. She also said that she witnessed a husband killed by the Spanish in Mobile bay. This is more confusion. They Spanish American war was 1898, but they were in Mississippi by 1872 and in 1880 in Lincoln County, Mississippi.  James may have been enlisted and went to war, but how did she witness his death if this is true.


So many questions. Hoping my DNA test will find some relatives to help with this, but if anyone may have them in your tree and can shed light , would be so great.
WikiTree profile: James Ennis
in Genealogy Help by Misty Musco G2G6 Mach 2 (25.9k points)
edited by Misty Musco
I have their FindAGrave profiles and the 1880 census.

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