I have found more proof that Arcisley and Sisley are the same person:
1920 Census, Anderson Township, McDonald County, MO, Roll 919, Book 1, sheet 15b (last 3 lines) and sheet 16a (top 4 lines):
Dwelling, Family, Name, Relation, Gender, Race, Age, Status
232,239, Martin, Wm Lee, head, M, W, 56, M
232,239, Martin, Sisley, wife, F, W, 67, M
232,239, Cassidy, Samuel, Stepson, M, W, 33, M
232,239, Cassidy, Theoda, Step daughter in law, F, W, 29, M
232,239, Cassidy, Grace, Step granddaughter, F, W, 10, S
232,239, Cassidy, Lela May, Step granddaughter, F, W, 7, S
232,239, Cassidy, Laerai, Step granddaughter, F, W, 5, S
William shows birthplace as VA, Sisley as MO, rest as KY.
Regarding Laerai, this is the best I can get from the handwriting and stray marks on the page. I am certain of the first 2 letters, fairly certain of the third, and the rest are guesses based on the handwriting and the the stray marks.
I did find a Robert Crabb from Scotland living in St. Louis in 1870-1910. His name is spelled Crobb by the indexer of the 1870 census. I have not been able to locate any other Crabb family from Scotland anywhere else, though.
Probably, you will need to write down all the ways Crabbe can be spelled, and conceive all the ways the name could be murdered based on handwriting over a hundred years old, the census taker's interpretation of the name based on the Scottish accent, and the indexer's interpretation of the result. A good example would be how bad I murdered your aunt's name above. Another example is the variations on your grandfather's name since we began this study.
So far, we now have four surnames attached to Sisley:
Crabb, Casada, Lamdsten, and Martin. Do we know her maiden name for sure? Do we know the county in which Charles was born, or the county in which George and Sisley were married?
Did they own land while living in MO? The answers to these questions could lead us to Sisley's birth.
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