For years I have seen, posted on the internet, a William Washington Dyal, Jr., born 1891, as a child of Wm. Washington Dyal and Susan Howell. I believe there never was a child by that name and hopefully we can correct that error.
In the early 1970's, I spent two days in Jeff Davis County with William and Susan's granddaughter, Avis (daughter of Clarence). She provided all of the names of the children of Wm. and Susan Dyal. These children would have been her aunts and uncles -- she certainly would have known their names. There was no William Washington Dyal, Jr. The 1900 census showns no child by that name.
Avis also stated that Wm. W. Dyal had a child, "Annabel", by a second marriage.
The error began with a careless census taker in 1910 who listed William W. Jr. instead of Wilton. Where is Wilton in 1910 if this was not him? (Wilton did not marry until 1923.) Others in the home in 1910 were Alice Dyal and Cora Wages -- granddaughter of Wm. W. Dyal.
1920 Jeff Davis, Altamaha, house # 111: Wilton is the head of household, with sister Alice and niece, Addis, in the home. Where is William Washington Dyal?? He is living three houses away:
house # 114
William W. Dyal, age 65
Mittie, age 35
Annie B., age 4
Those same researchers who have listed Wm. W. Dyal Jr. as a child say that he married Mittie Copeland in 1913. Clearly, from the 1920 census, this was not a Jr. who married Mittie.
Remember also, that Avis stated Wm had a child, Annabel, by a SECOND marriage.
Mittie is listed in 1910 as Mittie Dyal, widowed, with children Minnie L., Iola(Viola?), and Ruth. It is unclear whether she was married to a Dyal prior to her marriage in 1913 to William Washington Dyal. Perhaps someone out there has proof of a marriage.
In 1930, Mittie Carter, age 43, WD, is located in Pierce County. In the home are Myrtice Carter, Donnie Carter, nieces, nephew Downing Carter, and her daughter, Annie B. Dyal.
Another family tree, on the internet, has Mittie married to William Washington Dyal, born 1846, son of John Dyal and Penelope Tuten. This is also in error. In the 1920 census for Bacon County, this Washington Dyal, age 70, is found in the home of his son Reppard.
All of this evidence leads me to the conclusion that there never was a William Washington Dyal, Jr. and that Mittie Copeland was the second wife of William Washington Dyal, son of George Washington Dyal.
I believe I have found the parents of Susan Howell, but I need further documentation to prove it. If anyone else is researching this Howell line, I would love to hear from you.
Perhaps we can work together on that one.
If anyone can provide proof of a William Washington Dyal, Jr., other than that 1910 census, I would love to hear from you.
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