Who are the Parents of Willa Dean McDonald, born July 30, 1922, in Paris,Glen Switch, Henry, Tennessee?

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Trying to backtrack and find a document (Birth certificate, etc) proving Willa Dean or Willadean McDonald born in either Paris or Glen Switch, Henry Co, tennessee on July 30, 1922.

I would like to know her parents names;

it is supposedly a Joseph Napoleon McDonald who married a Mae Belle Todd. May Belle died giving birth to Willa Dean and it was said she was then raised by her grandparents William Hubbard McDonald m. to a Francis Elizabeth Lizzie Vickers...and lived in either Tennessee or Arkansas.

Thank you.
in Genealogy Help by Donna Angel DeMarco G2G2 (2.1k points)

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Obituary Collection,find Ancestry.com. Willa died Willa Dunn

her spouse Horace J.Dunn,Father Malcomb Cantrell,Mother

Telia Mae Perry. She died Oct 6 2015.
by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (915k points)
Thank you...but not correct. She is my Gma, she died in 1983 as Margaret Gleason, in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Ks.

Your example was another Willa. Please keep trying.
What was your Willa exact date birth and death?? And her

last name and who did she marry.What is her Find A Grave

Thank you Wayne!

My bio Grandmother was very mysterious. We knew her somewhat because she gave my mom up for an open adoption, so occasionally we knew her.

Supposedly, she was a serial marriage person...just kept getting married to maybe change her name??

This is what I know for sure; I attended her funeral at Maple Hill Cemetery, located in Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas.

I have never found a Find a Grave. She was buried as Margaret W Gleason, aka Peggy.

Her birth name was Willa Dean or Willodean McDonald,

b; 29 Jul 1922   in Paris or Paris, Glen Switch, Henry County, Tennessee

d; 19 Apr 1993, Kansas City, Wyandotte, Kansas.

Her parents were Joseph Joe McDonald and Mae Belle or Neval, Neva Todd, living in either Henry or Carroll County, TN...I suspect Henry.

Her mother Mae or May or Neval Todd died after birth on Aug 1st as only Mrs J McDonald.

I have searched for years, and not found a birth, death or Find a grave. I am positive she died. Her other birth daughter, gave me all the family verbal knowledge which we have a good relationship with.

I thank you so much for any efforts to help me.

I am just really starting to get aquainted to using Wikitree, if there is something I should be doing please let me know.

With much appreciation!

I apologize, I forgot to list her marriage(s),

The only Marriage for Willa Dean McDonald that I know is recorded and know for positive is to a Loyd Redden, in Tennesse in about 1937.

We also found her married to a Robert Walling as Willodean and gave that surname to my Mother as her Dad, but dna has shown Robert Walling is not the bio father. In addition, I never found a marriage record for them...instead I found that on another marriage record...so can't be certain. As the one you found previously, I have ran thru all of them and either found they were a different Willa Dean or found nothing else.

The only other "marriage" name is listed in Mo and Kansas as Margaret W "Peggy" Gleason as a Common law marriage to a Harvey Yule Gleason, Sr.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask if questions.

I look forward to your reply.

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I added the United States Census, 1940 Civil District 7, Henry, Tennessee to William McDonald's profile, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/McDonald-19243  where Willa D. Redden is living with her son George, says daughter and grandson, should be granddaughter * great grandson?

Here is her marriage record to Lloyd Redden. (2 images)

Source: "Tennessee, County Marriages, 1790-1950," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKHM-5DVR : 4 November 2017), Loyd Redden and Willadean McDonald, 13 Nov 1937; citing Henry, Tennessee, United States, Marriage, p. , Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville and county clerk offices from various counties; FHL microfilm 2,032,007.

Image: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939Z-YP5C-Y?i=1140&cc=1619127

Image: https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939Z-YP5C-1?i=1141&cc=1619127

by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (730k points)
Yes, Chris you are correct now...Willa Dean is actually the Granddaughter and her son George, great grandson.

I know this to be correct...that the census has them listed in relationship incorrectly.

To clarify, Wiliam Hubbard "Hub" McDonald, jr,

was the Grandfather of Willa Dean McDonald.

Thank you Chris.


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