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Confusion about Lewis Henry McDonald and Annabelle and Levina Morris
Posted by: William Muller (ID *****3372) Date: September 19, 2009 at 08:39:12
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I'm confused. Lewis Henry McDonald, son of David McDonald and Lucinda Boone, was born in 1870 and died in 1948, allegedly living his life in Jackson Twp., Greene Co., PA. He married Annabelle Morris, daughter of Aaron Morris and Libby Grim in 1887 and, according to the 1900 census, he and Annabelle had 7 children with 4 still alive in 1900. Annabelle died in 1908.

Identified as Henry McDonald, Lewis Henry McDonald, is listed in the 1910 census with the 4 surviving children from his first marriage and married to Levina J. Morris, daughter of John and Marry Morris. In 1920, Lavenia is listed as married but she is living with her sister, Mary Morris and Mary's husband Rhodes. There is no listing for Lewis Henry. In 1930, Levina is still living with her sister, still claims to be married but is using her maiden name, Morris. According to the 1930 census, she had married when she was 50 (1919), but that does not square with the 1910 census reference. Again, in 1930, I am unable to identify a listing for Lewis Henry McDonald.

According to Lewis Henry McDonald's obit., he was married first to Annabelle and then to Sarah Rhom (with whom he had two children): Robert and Linsley. I am unable to find a listing for them in the census (contrary to what I may have said in a query several years ago).

Questions: Why can't I find Lewis Henry in 1920 or 1930? Where was he?

Did Lewis Henry have a relationship with someone by the name of Sarah Rhom? If so, who was she? Was Rhom her maiden name OR had she been married to someone by the name of Rhom before she met Lewis Henry McDonald?

Willing to share with anyone who can help end my confusion.

Bill Muller

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