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.
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.
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.
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.
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!