Laura Jessie Lomax, Part 3

When the Puzzle Pieces Start to Fit!

In part 2 of this series, we reviewed possible entries in Laura Jessie Lomax’s Longfellow Birthday Book for the names listed on her Missouri state death certificate for her father, Moses L. Lomax, and mother, Laura Cook. We found a birthday entry for both a Moses Lafayette (April 19) and Laura Lynthonia Lomax (October 21) but we haven’t yet searched for a marriage certificate to connect Moses with Laura Cook.

Here Comes The Bride…

A search on FamilySearch.org for Moses Lomax with a spouse named Laura Cook produced several records of interest. Because we know from the birthday book entry for Laura Lythonia Lomax that she was born in Henderson County, Illinois, it’s reasonable to think the following Henderson County, Illinois marriage record1 is for our Moses L. and Laura (Cook) Lomax. By the end of this series, our research should help us decide if these are the same parents of our Laura Jessie Lomax.

Moses L. Lomax and Laura Cook

Married 27 September 1865 in Henderson County, Illinois

(1865) Illinois Marriage Index Entry (image via FamilySearch.org)

1870 U.S. Census, Lewis County, Missouri

Searching census records for this couple, particularly in 1870 when they would have been married about five years, resulted in the following 1870 U.S. federal census record2,3 for M.L. and Laura Lomax, with three male children, in Lewis County, Missouri.4

1870 U.S. Federal Census (image via FamilySearch.org)

1870 U.S. Federal Census (image via FamilySearch.org)

1870 U.S. Census; Williamstown, Lewis, Missouri
Name Age Sex Race Occupation Birthplace
Lomax, M.L. 25 M W Farmer Illinois
Lomax, Laura 325 F W Keeps House Illinois
Lomax, Edward 6 M W Illinois
Lomax, John 4 M W Illinois
Lomax, Leonard 1 M W Missouri

1880 U.S. Census, Nodaway County, Missouri

A subsequent search of census records for this couple, with the same three named male children, resulted in the following 1880 U.S. federal census record6,7 for M.L. and Laura Lomax, with sons “Eddie”, John, and Leonard, plus Harry and a daughter Jessie, in Polk, Nodaway, Missouri.

1880 U.S. Federal Census (image via FamilySearch.org)

1880 U.S. Federal Census (image via FamilySearch.org)

1880 U.S. Census; Polk, Nodaway, Missouri
Name Race Sex Age Relationship Occupation Birthplace Father Birth Mother Birth
Lomax, M.L. W M 36 Work in Stable Illinois Kentucky Tennessee
Lomax, Laura W F 30 Wife Keeping House Illinois New Jersey Ohio
Lomax, Eddie W M 14 Son Farming Illinois New Jersey8 Ohio9
Lomax, John W M 12 Son Farming Illinois New Jersey10 Ohio11
Lomax, Leonard W M 11 Son Farming Missouri New Jersey12 Ohio13
Lomax, Harry W M 9 Son Missouri Illinois Illinois
Lomax, Jessie W F 6 Daughter Missouri Illinois Illinois

Mind the Gap

While the death, marriage, and census records we have examined so far are generally consistent with the details of our Laura Jessie Lomax, it’s worth considering the above inline-noted inconsistencies. Additionally, research for this post also revealed there are numerous geographic “Polk” references in Missouri.

Polk, Polk County (unincorporated area)
Polk Township, Adair County
Polk Township, Atchison County
Polk Township, Cass County (inactive)
Polk Township (East), Christian County
Polk Township (West), Christian County
Polk Township, Dade County
Polk Township, DeKalb County
Polk Township, Madison County (inactive)
Polk Township, Nodaway County
Polk Township, Ray County (inactive)
Polk Township, St. Clair County (inactive)
Polk Township, Sullivan County

Reviewing our 1880 U.S. federal census record (above), we can confirm that our Lomax family was at least in Polk Township, Nodaway County, Missouri.

We should also consider the distance between the above listed 1870 and 1880 census record locations of Williamstown, Lewis County and Polk, Nodaway County, Missouri; approximately 200 miles separate the locations.

Approximate Distance Map (image via Google Maps/Google Earth)

What’s Next?

Let’s explore Laura Jessie Lomax’s Longfellow Birthday Book for entries of her siblings: Edward “Eddie”, John, Leonard, and Harry.

  1. “Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939J-KQ9R-S4?cc=1803970&wc=3264-T38%3A146159701 : 3 March 2016), 1377856 (004661394) > image 314 of 414; county offices, Illinois.
  2. “United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D1DW-MN3?cc=1438024&wc=92KS-ZJL%3A518659401%2C518748301%2C519514101 : 22 May 2014), Missouri > Lewis > Township 63 Range 8 > image 8 of 12; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. “United States Census, 1870,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-D1D7-YQQ?cc=1438024&wc=92KS-ZJL%3A518659401%2C518748301%2C519514101 : 22 May 2014), Missouri > Lewis > Township 63 Range 8 > image 9 of 12; citing NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. noted as post office “Monticello” and “Township 63 Range 8” which appears to be Williamstown, approximately 10 miles northwest of Monticello. https://thelibrary.org/lochist/moser/lewispl.html
  5. The approximate age for Laura (Cook) Lomax seems inconsistent with other records located for her. More research is needed.
  6. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYBX-BSF?cc=1417683&wc=QZ2W-J9P%3A1589408163%2C1589408361%2C1589395665%2C1589398272 : 24 December 2015), Missouri > Nodaway > Polk > ED 263 > image 17 of 39; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)
  7. “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYBX-B79?cc=1417683&wc=QZ2W-J9P%3A1589408163%2C1589408361%2C1589395665%2C1589398272 : 24 December 2015), Missouri > Nodaway > Polk > ED 263 > image 18 of 39; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, (National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C., n.d.)
  8. These entries of “New Jersey” for “Father’s Birthplace” seem inconsistent with other records located for these individuals. More research is needed.
  9. These entries of “Ohio” for “Mother’s Birthplace” seem inconsistent with other records located for these individuals. More research is needed.
  10. These entries of “New Jersey” for “Father’s Birthplace” seem inconsistent with other records located for these individuals. More research is needed.
  11. These entries of “Ohio” for “Mother’s Birthplace” seem inconsistent with other records located for these individuals. More research is needed.
  12. These entries of “New Jersey” for “Father’s Birthplace” seem inconsistent with other records located for these individuals. More research is needed.
  13. These entries of “Ohio” for “Mother’s Birthplace” seem inconsistent with other records located for these individuals. More research is needed.

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