20 March 2009

William Albea - A Brick Wall Ancestor

William Albea is my Great-Great Grandfather and one of my younger brick walls. The information I have for him is:

  • Born: 15 Apr 1872 in Georgia (death certificate)
  • Died: 3 Aug 1936 in Greenwood, Greenwood, SC; Cardio Vascular Disease (death certificate)
  • Buried: Edgwood Cemetery, Greenwood, ", SC (cemetery walk)
  • Parents: Thomas Albea and Sarah Corley (death certificate)
  • Married: 26 Dec 1895 to Nina Frances Sprouse in Lincoln County, GA (Marriage records of Lincoln County, 1806-1955)
  • Children: Everlena Sara, Johnny M., Melvin Anderson, Charles Vernon, Martha Louise "Mattie," Henry Paul, Coleman (Interview, Roy V. Sr. & Betty Albea; Photo Album)
  • 1900 Census, District 76, Bradley, Greenwood, SC
  • 1910 Census, District 39, Sybert, Lincoln, Georgia
  • 1920 Census, Sheet No. 5A, District 80, Greenwood, Greenwood
  • 1930 Census, Sheet No. 16A, District 13, Greenwood, Greenwood, South Carolina
My main problem is that I cannot find William as a boy. I have a likely record of a Willie of the right age in the right place, but he's listed as a grandson, not a son. I need to look for his parents, but they're playing hard to get. I'd like to send off for his marriage certificate as well. I should also interview my Great-Aunt to see what she knows.

1 comment:

Miriam said...

The 1870 Federal Census shows Thomas and Sallie (nickname for Sarah) with an Elizabeth "Crawley" (probably a relative of Sarah's) living with them in Lincoln Co., GA. Thomas is 25 years old (b. c. 1845). A 10 month old girl (b. c. Aug or Sep 1869), Hattie, is a child in this household.

The 1860 Federal Census shows Thomas living in the home of Tilman & Julian Albea as a 14 year old (b. c. 1846). This is the same couple (Tilman & Julia A) that have Willie and (his brother?) Eddie (b. c. 1872) in their home in 1880.

So it appears that Thomas was the son of Tilman and Julia/Julia Ann/Julian Albea, and he probably died before 1880. If he fought in the Civil War (and he was the right age to do so), he may have sustained injuries or illnesses during the war and caused his early death. This is very typical for men of this generation. It looks very likely that the Willie you found in 1880 is your ancestor.

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