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Do you know when and where William died? If so, obtain a copy of his death certificate, it should show the names and birth location (state/country) of his parents. With the name of listed father, check out census for 1900, see if "father" still living. If not found on census, check probate records in Kaufman Co, TX. Also, look for orphan court records. Even though mother was living, if the child was due an inheritance, the court might appoint a guardian. [Those men didn't think a woman could handle finances.] You can obtain county tax records on interlibrary loan through your local public library. They are available from formation of a TX county up to about 1940. Look for "father" paying tax, does he disappear from tax records? If so, does Averilla appear on tax records about that time?