Laura Jessie Lomax, Part 4

Oh Brother!

In part 3 of this series, we reviewed a likely Illinois state marriage index record for Moses L. Lomax and Laura Cook, the parents of Laura Jessie Lomax as listed on her death certificate as well as recorded in her Longfellow Birthday Book. We explored 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census records for Laura Jessie and her parents and we discovered the names of four possible brothers for Laura Jessie; but we haven’t searched the Birthday Book for entries matching these brothers.

Edward “Eddie” Lomax

In searching the pages of the Birthday Book, an entry for “E E Lomax” appears on March 23 (no year) in Warren, Illinois, 7 miles from Burlington, Iowa. This birth location (Illinois) is consistent with both the previously reviewed 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census records for Edward Lomax and Eddie Lomax, respectively.

Birthday Book, March 23 (image via this author’s personal library)

John Lomax

An entry for “John H. Lomax” is in the Birthday Book on September 28 (no year) born 7 miles from Burlington, Iowa in Illinois. This birth location (Illinois) is also consistent with both the previously reviewed 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census records for John Lomax.

Birthday Book, September 28 (image via this author’s personal library)

Leonard Lomax

We found “Len Lomax” written in the Birthday Book on December 7 (no year) in Williamstown, Missouri. This birth location (Missouri) is also consistent with both the previously reviewed 1870 and 1880 U.S. Census records for Leonard Lomax.

Birthday Book, December 7 (image via this author’s personal library)

Harry Lomax

Lastly, we located “Harry C. Lomax”, the youngest brother’s name with Laura Jessie and her family in the 1880 U.S. Census (but not the 1870 U.S. Census) in the Birthday Book on January 18 (1871) in Williamstown, Missouri. This approximate age in 1880 (9) and birth location (Missouri) is consistent with the previously reviewed 1880 U.S. Census record for the 1880 U.S. Census for Harry Lomax.

Birthday Book, January 18 (image via this author’s personal library)

What’s Next?

In an earlier post in this series, we found the online, Missouri Secretary of State death certificate database (at https://s1.sos.mo.gov/records/archives/archivesmvc/deathcertificates/) to be incredibly useful. Let’s search there for Laura Jessie’s parents and these four brothers.

Until next time, if you learned something, teach something!