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Re: Sarah A. Tenpenny
Posted by: Rayedene Graves (ID *****0137) Date: February 24, 2010 at 13:08:31
In Reply to: Re: Sarah A. Tenpenny by Diane Holman of 635

According to the 1870 Cannon Co census there are these possiblilites for John:
Henry J St John b 1854
John B b 1855
William J 1856
John M 1861

Ancestry has a good bit of the marriages for the entire state of TN on their site. I am not sure how complete it is since my focus is Cannon, Warren & DeKalb.

There are no death certificates that I have ever been able to find for any state prior to abt 1908-1914. I also have not seen any divorces listed that are that early. Those questions would have to be addressed to the county. THere is a possiblilty there would be some records at the TN State Archives. I do know that on the usgenweb TN site there is a link to "Tennessee research helps" that will take you to a listing. In that listing are deaths starting 1908. There is a Bud St John died 1909 Cannon Co.

1870 Cannon Co there is a Silvia Tenpenny 1868 with parents William and Caroline. That is in district 5 and there are no St John's in that district. 1880 she is still at home with parents and siblings. There is only one St JOhn family, he is Abner. On 1870 he is in the home with his parents and brothers Henry J and John B. That may be a connection(see above from 1870 census). I do not find a marriage for Henry or John B. But, I do believe I found where Abner and Henry died and are buried. They are in Grayson Co Pilot Grove Cem. Looking at the census, it seems as if all these St Johns went to TX and settled around the Fannin and Grayson Co area.

Looking again at the marriage for Sibbie to WT Alexander, she is listed as "Miss" which should indicate that she is a single female. So, Lola may have been born out of wedlock. The other possibility is that the WT St John and Arrena(?) Low were her parents. I only found him on 1930 census in Fannin Co TX with a second wife.

I would try to send for Lola's SS appliciation. She would have filled that out and listed her parents. It is a shame that that info is not on her death certificate.

Good luck,

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