Weíre trying to find information about Earnest Brown (b.1889 VA), said to be the son of (wed/unwed?) Margaret Brown. Margaret is said to have died from TB when Earnest was little. Nothing more is known. Earnestís WWI registration notes his birthplace as Mildale VA, but we suppose that itís actually Milldale (Warren Co) VA.
Earnest is enumerated in the 1900 census of Page County VA, on page 286, Springfield Magisterial D., in the household of Samuel Walter (b. Oct 1873 VA), and identified as a "lodger". Listed in the household are :
Walter, Samuel (b. Oct 1873 VA)
Walter, Dollie (wife b. Sep 1880 VA)
Brown, Earnest (Lodger b. Jul 1889 VA) -- "At School"
Washington, Howard (Lodger b. Mar 1879 VA)
Washington Jane (Lodger b. Dec? 1880 VA)
It is said that Earnest Brown became ďEarnest Walter", and later, ďEarnest WaltersĒ. We donít know if perhaps he was adopted by Samuel Walter. Does anyone know if such possible adoption papers might have been sealed in the 1900-1910 time period? It was only by happenstance that his granddaughter learned the truth of Earnetís birth from a dying great-aunt.
We donít find subsequent 1910 census listing for Samuel Walter or Earnest Brown/Walter/Walters.
Earnest Walters was a successfully merchant and grocer in Winchester (Frederick Co) VA. Ernest had several daughters but only two sons, Lawrence and Leonard. Both Lawrence and Leonard only had daughters, so we donít have an option for Y-DNA analysis.
Jim Patrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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