Hi Stocks researchers,
I haven't posted in a long time! I'm interested in Alabama Stocks, since I still haven't puzzled out how all the Walker and Fayette county Stocks are related.
My earliest known Stocks ancestor is William H. Stocks. Based on census records for him and his known issue, he was born in South Carolina about 1822. From there he was in Georgia for a while by 1840 but moved to Alabama before 1848). Based on the 1850 census, his first wife Neomia was born in Georgia and his oldest 3 children were born in Georgia between 1841-1846.
His youngest three were born in Alabama, beginning on 16 March 1848 (with son John James "James" Stocks, my g-g-g-grandfather). William H. is nowhere to be found on the 1860 census. I never find Neomia again, either. I believe she died between 1866-1868.
Here is my new THEORY...since Walker county's courthouse burned so many times, I don't believe I will ever find the primary source documentation to prove this. I believe my William H. Stocks remarried about 1869--to his son John's mother-in-law Lucy Elizabeth Martin Martin (maiden and 1st married surnames are Martin). Here's the reasoning:
My John James Stocks and (A)Manda L. Martin married about 1866 (she was only 13 or 14). On the 1866 state census, William H. Stocks, John James Stocks, and a (widowed) Elizabeth Martin are listed on the same page, so in the same vicinity on the various listings. So I would posit that Lucy Elizabeth Martin's husband Matthew died (from the 1866 census, he was a soldier who died of sickness), and she was living near her newlywed (and only child at this point) daughter, Manda Martin Stocks. William H. Stocks still has a woman his age (likely 1st wife Neomia) in the household at that point.
On the 1880 census, I find William H. Stocks married to an Elizabeth, and they've moved to Tuscaloosa County. They have a new family, 4 children born from 1870-1878. William is 57 to Elizabeth's 45. The ages fit perfectly for my William H. Stocks and my Lucy Elizabeth Martin. From their children's death certificates, I know her name was, indeed, Lucy Elizabeth Martin. Their children are: Andrew Jackson b 1870; Caroline (Callie) b 1873 who married Eli Talton Price; Frances (b 1875, prob died bef 1900); Esther A. b 1878 who married William Frank Jones.
Andrew Jackson Stocks died in 1935 in Frostproof, Polk, Florida, while the others remained in Alabama.
If there are any Stocks relatives on here who can add to this "new" family for me (or the older known family), I'd appreciate it. I will post an update to my Kith-n-Kin site (http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/kithnkin/) when I get the information all typed into my RootsMagic program.
From William H. Stocks' first family, I ONLY have information for my ancestor John James Stocks. I have never been able to prove/find information on any of the other children (William, Nancy, Sarah, and twins Mary and Malinda). I have found LOTS more for my John James Stocks and Manda Martin's family: they had 13 known children, but 14 according to the 1900 census (so one infant likely died whose birth and death dates are unknown). This is already in my program, so an update should be forthcoming over the holidays! I'm a teacher, so don't have much time during the semesters to update and post. :)
becky at clintoncable dot net
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