Thanks so much for the information. I've been looking over my notes and trying to piece all this together. I believe that Jess W. MARCUS, whose obit you have is probably the grandson of my g grandfather, James A. HILL and his wife, Sarah Jane BOONE. The 1900 Obion Co. TN census shows Jess and his siblings living with his grandparents, James and Sarah HILL. This census shows him as having been born in May of 1890, but census data is sometimes off by a lot more than two years. My relatives must have been wrong in thinking that Velma was his daughter, since he would only have been around 16 when she was born. I believe that Mary A. MARCUS whose tombstone info you found in Alamo Cemetery is Mary A. HILL, the sister of my grandmother, Sarah Elzadie HILL, and mother of these MARCUS children. Most of my grandmother's family is buried at Alamo Cemetery. I also know of Kinchion SIMMONS (from family stories). No one I've talked with knows what connection he had to our SIMMONS line. Did you mean that he and Zelma MARCUS share the same rock -- meaning they might have been married (at least, briefly, since she died at a very early age, 15 yr.? Do you have dates of birth and death for Susane, J.C., Mary A., and C.C. MARCUS? I'd greatly appreciate them if you do. There's a good possibility that J.C. might be Mary's husband. Since, according to the obit, Jess had a half-sister and half-brother, Mary may have died while the children were young. Her husband may have married again, and the children by Mary then went to live with the grandparents. The dates for Mary and the others would really help me solve this mystery as to why Jess, Sarah (may be Lizzie who appears in the obit as a sister of Jess) and James were living in their grandparents' household.
I've also been looking for your Thomas EAVES and Martha MARCUS. I found that I had copied the census data for the following family into my HILL notes: (You may already have this, but I thought I'd pass it on.)
1860 Weakley Co. Census Dist. 4 July 2, 1860
EAVES, Mary 36 Farming 300 300 N.C.
Martha 21 TN
David 20 TN
John 18 TN
Mary 15 TN
Thomas 12 TN
JOINS, Mary 52 TN
Could this Thomas be yours? The birth date, according to the census would be 1848 and that matches your info. I imagine that Mary JOINS (I wonder if that spelling is correct?) is probably the mother of Mary EAVES. Unfortunately, the husband of Mary EAVES is probably deceased. I'll check the 1850 Weakley Co. Census for this family and the 1870 Weakley Co. Census for Thomas K. EAVES since he would have been 22 and possibly in his own household by then. Do you know if Thomas and Martha had other children besides Amelia? I feel strongly that this Thomas is related to Steven F. EAVES who married Ruth CROCKETT since there was so much intermarriage between the HILL, MARCUS, SIMMONS, and CROCKETT families. All of them lived in the Weakley/Obion area in the same time period as did the EAVES families. Martha MARCUS is more than likely from this same MARCUS line. How are you connected to the MARCUS and EAVES line? I'll post if I come up with anything from the census data. Thanks again.
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