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Re: Kestner
Posted by: Sherrie Gray (ID *****8765) Date: September 14, 2008 at 17:26:54
In Reply to: Re: Kestner by Marie Adams of 329

Missouri Marriage Index:
O.B. Conyers m. Mrs. Emma Ryser 10/21/06 Mississippi County.

Looked at the image on this and it is very hard to read. However, it is possible that "O" is actually a "C"... the cursive connection to the "B" begins on the bottom rather than the top as it would ordinarily be on an "O" to "B". Also, while the last letter has pretty well faded away Emma's surname definitely begins with "Keyse". I believe this is definitely your couple.

So....the actual image reads this way to MY eyes.
C.B. Conyers and Mrs. Emma KeyseX, both of Anniston in Mississippi County and over the age of 21, got a marriage license on 10/19/1906. They were married in Anniston on 10/21/1906 by Robert Lee Layman, Minister of the Gospel.

Regarding Emma showing up as widowed on the 1920 census. I believe it is possible that she was actually divorced. By the way, my copy of the 1910 census clearly shows "Conyers" as the surname. I say divorced because I have only found one Clarence Conyers in the Mississippi County area and his death certificate says he has lived in the area his entire life. He is also the proper age. This Clarence married a Minnie Lee Harris on 6/19/1917 but the 1930 census shows him married to a Bertha with two children (Maness) from a previous marriage. Couldn't find a marriage license however. Bertha is with her husband John Maness in Independence County Arkansas on the 1920 census and Lawrence County AR on the 1910 census.

Food for thought anyway. Keep in mind that during that time period having a divorce was still considered a bit scandalous and some people would have thought it easier to claim they were widowed instead.



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