Need advice. In the 1910 US census for Florida - Washington Co - Chipley - District 0121 - page 29, I can find my great grandmother Lena May Boyett as a 7 year old girl. My confusion is, she is listed as the daughter in law of the head of the household, John Harry Boyett. How can a single 7 year old be a daughter in law?
I suspect the recorder meant granddaughter, as the listing goes, John Harry Boyett, 56, head; Luela, 56, wife; John, 30, son, Martha R, 28, DIL, (John & Martha married 10 years with 4 kids,) and then 4 children; Maudie, 9, DIL; Lena, 7, DIL; Cleo, 3, DIL; and Ollie, 1, DIL. A 1 year old daughter in law?
Or, would they be step children? Of John Harry, or of John? I would assume if John and Martha R had been married 10 years and Maudie was 9, they would be the children of their marriage. But I dislike assuming,....
Am I correct in thinking these are granddaughters, and not daughter in laws?
I think granddaughters, children of John and Martha. If you look at the next census in 1920 the two youngest girls are still at home, along with three new children: Cosna, Lester and Oscar. They are all listed as sons and daughters.
The confusing part and what makes them a bit tricky to find in the 1920 census is the parents' names. In 1920 John and Martha are listed as Pearl and Rosa. However I found John's WWI draft registration and on it he lists his full name as John Elbert Pearl BOYETT and his wife's name as Martha Rosanna BOYETT. In the 1900 census John P. BOYETT and his wife "Rosa" are living with his parents in the same location as 1910.
I did a little further looking. While I still can't find Otto in earlier censuses, I believe I found a possible match for Thelma in the 1920 census. Her sister Mildred's surname is listed as BYOD in 1930, but I think it might actually be BYRD. In Norfolk in 1920 there is a Marshall BYRD, age 40, b. NC, wife Agatha L. age 38, b. NC and daughters Thelma, Mildred, Nellie and Crystal. The age for Thelma is a match, but Mildred is her twin, not older. I found a birth record for them for 4-Apr-1902 in Rowan Co, NC. Parents listed as Pine Marshall BYRD and Lou Agatha BURGESS.
I did find a newspaper snippet from 1920 that Mr. Otto TALLEY was visiting his parents, Mr & Mrs. C.A. TALLEY, in Albemerle, NC. I checked for them and they appear to be Charles A. TALLEY and Mary Addie TALLEY, whose maiden name was BYRD. An interesting coincidence.
1940 census for Norfolk, VA:
TALLEY, Otto age 38 b. NC, occ - pipefitter/Navy Yard
wife Elsie age 39 b. VA, occ - telephone clerk/retail store
son Otto age 15 b. VA
son George age 12 b. VA
On this census there is a column for residence in 1935. Otto Sr, Elsie and George have "same house" but Otto Jr. has Santiago, CA.
There's a Social Security Death Index listing for an Otto TALLEY b. 2-July-1901, d. Nov 1963 in VA.
There's a findagrave page for Otto B. TALLEY Sr d. Nov 1963. He is buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk, VA. There's also a page for an Otto B. TALLEY b. 24-Sept-1924, d. 4-July-1994. He's buried in South Lawn Memorial Cemetery, Tucson, AZ. The birth date would fit the child listed in 1940.
There's a marriage record for Otto Beckwith TALLEY, age 35, to Elsie May DALBY, age 36, on 22-May-1937 in Washington, DC. If this is the same couple as the 1940 census it would indicate that Otto was previously married and that Elsie is not the mother of the two boys.
In 1930 there is this household in Norfolk, VA:
HANKINS, Marvin age 30 b. TN
wife Thelma age 27 b. NC
stepson TALLEY, Otto B. age 5 b. VA
stepson TALLEY, George age 2 b. VA
sister-in-law BYOD, Mildred age 30 b. NC
I have not been able to find a marriage record for Otto Sr. and Thelma or any other census records for them.