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Tim....Thank you for your reply and for the information you provided. I did not know about Sam Mike living in Richland Parish. Myrtis Brown was born and raised in Pike County, Mississippi. I know that she worked as a nurse trainee at the Touro Infirmary in New Orleans around 1915, and that she and Sam Mike appear in the 1920 US Census in Lapile, Union County, Arkansas, along with her two children (my father,Walter Thomas, and my uncle , J B Thomas). By 1927, Myrtis and Sam and her two sons were living in Farmerville,LA, where Sam was selling dry goods door to door. Myrtis died around 1929, and her two sons (Walter Thomas and J B Thomas) appear in the 1930 US Census, living in a boarding house in Farmerville. Sam Mike does not appear to be living in that boarding house. I do not know when or where Sam and Myrtis married. It could have been Mississippi, Arkansas, or Louisiana, and probably happened in the mid-late 1920's. As you noted, Tim, there is no state record of her death. I was also unable to find her obituary in Gazette records.