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GURU Needed!!......I am spinning....Like a challenge??
Posted by: Elaine Bailey (ID *****3359) Date: August 20, 2006 at 08:51:40
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Little background...A friend [Kate] asked me if we might be able to locate her husbands family
[he is Lee Howard NELSON’s only child?] and the hunt started...and the plot thickens in TX, AZ, NM, CA!


Lee O. NELSON born Kansas 1903
son of Henry Olaf and Ethel Gertrude [HALL] NELSON
Family resided in KS, NE, CA and AZ

Lee O Nelson
marries? [cannot locate data]
Dorothy Irene NELSON {?}
Union results in 3 children

Arizona Birth Certificate of daughter:
Index states Maxine Irene NELSON [affidavit attached (?Why?)]
Certificate: Lillian Irene Nelson
DOB: 31 Dec 1926, Yuma AZ
Father: Lee Nelson age 25 born Kas, resides Yuma
Mother: Irene White age 20 born TX, resides Yuma
Legitimate: Yes

California Birth Index
Lee Harold NELSON
DOB: 21 Aug 1928, San Diego CA
Maiden: WHITE

California Birth Index
Betty Ailene NELSON
DOB: 16 Feb 1934, San Diego CA

1930Census San Diego lists:
NELSON, Lee O, Dorothy [first married 16], Maxine and Bobbie [Lee Harold's nickname]

Lee O. NELSON suffered from TB and spent time in City of Hope Hospital, Los Angeles CA. He was a business man in the San Diego CA area.

In Dec 1943 after sending her oldest daughter away to Texas, 'Mother Irene' [as she was referred] took her life. With their fathers health issues the children were disbursed.

CA Death Records:
Dorothy Nelson DOB 8/11/1905 TX, Fathers Name: WHITE, Mothers maiden: McMILLON, Died: 12/27/1943 San Diego CA

Headstone in CA reads:
Dorothy Irene NELSON Jul 29 1905/6 [Photo hard to read] - Dec 27 1943

Maxine NELSON was already in Texas [with??], unsure where Bobby NELSON went after their mother died but Betty NELSON age 9, was sent to Aunt Ivy UZZELLs in New Mexico. Subsequently to a local Convent School ???

Maxine has been located and is assisting in the search for her brother Lee Harold aka Bob NELSON.

Betty NELSON’s birth certificate states TRUEMAN was Dorothy Irene's maiden name. Betty NELSON is deceased.

According to Maxine her mother was married initially to a Jack TRUEMAN and was 'rescued' by Lee O. NELSON.

1930 CA Census Dorothy Irene (WHITE) NELSON claims first marriage was at age 16 where???? TX? AZ?
Did she marry a TRUEMAN in her home state of TX? Then subsequently marry NELSON in AZ [his home state]??
I do not have access to the potential marriage years...does anyone?????
Dorothy Irene WHITE’s name could possibly be Grace Vance WHITE [Read on!]

To add more confusion Maxine said her mother [Dorothy Irene] also went by the name Gertrude TRUEMAN!!

In trying to locate the WHITE family I came across the following PUZZLE.......

1900 Census Karnes TX [Justice]
WHITE, Thomas J age 40 b:MS, Mattie W age 31 b:TX,
Ch All TX: [s]Hulie C age 11, [d]Mattie C age 06,
[d]Ethel A age 02, [s]Thomas E age 2/12

1910Census Goliad TX [Justice]
WHITE, Thomas J age 51 b:MS, Mattie W age 40 b:TX,
Ch All TX: [s]Hulie age 21, [d]Estelar STUART age 16,
[d]Ethel age 12, [s]Elzie age 10, [d]Ivie age 7,
[d]Gracie age 3, [Son-Law] Alford STUART age 21

1920Census Jim Wells TX [Justice] Village of Sandia
WHITE, Thomas J age 60 b:MS, Mattie W age 51 b:TX,
Ch All TX: [s]Elzie Thomas E age 18, [d]Ivy M age 16,
[d]Grace age 13

Texas Birth 1903-1909
WHITE, Grace Vance Karnes Jul 28 1906 #85833
Matches headstone date [almost] for Dorothy Irene NELSON

Another researcher has in her notes that Grace married a NELSON but no further info :(, she also has a sister Dorothy Irene listed as being born JUL 1907 and marrying a Lewis McAFEE. Yet on the 1910 and 1920 census there is no indication that there was a child born in 1907 to Thomas Jefferson and Mattie Ware (McMILLON) WHITE.
She also has Hulie Crawford WHITE marrying a Susie May/Mary ROBINSON, Thomas E. WHITE marrying a Velma CUSTER and Thomas E WHITE’s daughter Norma Jean WHITE marrying a McCOY.

Ivy M. (WHITE) UZZELL's [Aunt that took in Betty] Obituary confirms that she did indeed reside in NM at one time and died in Abilene TX. Seems that she had 3 children, 2 are deceased [Margorie Alline (UZZELL) STILL and Claude Denver UZZELL] , we are trying to locate the survivor Bobby Kennith UZZELL b: May 7, 1937, last known residence Denver CO.

Help!!!! ..... Is Grace Vance WHITE my Dorothy Irene (WHITE) TRUEMAN NELSON??????

Is there a TRUEMAN x WHITE marriage in TX or AZ between 1922 and 1926 [birth of Maxine]. Is there a TRUEMAN or WHITE x NELSON marriage in AZ during the same time??

Does this family look familiar to anyone!!

Any thoughts...Suggestions ??????

Thank you all so very much!!

Elaine in Massachusetts

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