I am experiencing a brick wall in my search for the parents of my great-grandfather, James Edward Johnson. I have his death certificate, an obituary and census records for 1900, 1910 and 1920 in Missouri, but still none of these sources provide any helpful information. Here is a list of what I do know or have been told:
1. He was born in Wisconsin on 3-17-1858 and died in Oregon County, Missouri on 7-22-1932.
2. He married Anna Dulsena Test on August 18, 1888 in Oregon County, Missouri.
3. James Edward Johnson had a sister, Emma Lydia Johnson who was born about 1861 in Wisconsin.
4. Family oral "history" has James Edward being raised by Uncle Frank. It is assumed this also included Emma Lydia. James Edward didn't get along very well with this Uncle Frank and he ran away at the age of 15. Almost nothing is known about his life until he came to Missouri and married. Apparently he worked in the logging industry and traveled to Missouri by floating logs on the Mississippi and Eleven Point River in Missouri.
The only possible clue or lead is on his death certificate. It has the name of his mother as Mary Elizabeth Johnson. My question on this is: Is Johnson really her maiden name, meaning she was a Johnson who married a Johnson? Or was Mary Elizabeth Johnson really the wife of the Uncle Frank who raised him and his sister?
Wisconsin census records for the years 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 have been checked and no family has been found which might "fit" the information I have.
If anyone can help me, I would be so appreciative and grateful. Thank you.
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