Posted By:Jerri Strombeck
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Subject:Re: Walter E. Poole from SC (1899) - merchant seaman?
Post Date:November 18, 2012 at 03:48:55
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Forum:South Carolina Genealogy Forum
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I think that you should consider that he changed his name. When you can't find anything, anywhere, on someone, that's a name change. He's not in the WWI draft reg, I can't find him on any censes. Usually when there's a name change, it was because something bad happened- like criminal activity, although sometimes it happens when there was a divorce and the mother remarried, the child took the stepfather's name.

I would try to contact the courthouse where they were married and see if there is a marriage license application. A lot of places have those, and it lists parents and birthplaces. You need to contact the Probate Court of Mobile County. http://probate.mobilecountyal.gov/

Does your mother recall anything about aunts, uncles, etc of Walter, anyone coming to visit, any stories?