What happen to Rosann and Elvira?
Calvin Caston's children attended school in Pike County. The enrolled children Jesse, Adiline and Monroe are enumerated in the 1885 school census record. These children are probably the referred dependant children in the homestead reinstatement affidavit. There names are near the bottom of the page.
|"Mississippi, Enumeration of Educable Children, 1850-1892; 1908-1957," images, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-14208-41161-22?cc=1856425 : accessed 28 July 2015), Pike > 1885 > image 7 of 178; Government Records, Jackson.|
Adiine was 17 years old and living at home in 1885. Her descendants have been located and identified in family reunions. Rosann and Elvira would have been 30 and 32 years old in 1885. I began to look for Rosann and Elvira.
I looked for Elvira on the website Family Search. I had previously associated Elvira with the surname Brumfield and was unable to locate her. I then used the surname Caston and found the following.
A death certificate of Earnest Thomas born May 14, 1888 in Mississippi who lived 39 years in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas was found in the search. His father is listed as Jeff Thomas and mother Elvira Caston. I wondered if I found my Elvira Caston. I decided to look for more information concerning Earnest Thomas and Jeff Thomas. Searching military records I located Earnest Thomas.
I found his World War I and World War II registration cards. His date of birth is listed as May 14, 1888 at Walker Bridge, Mississippi. Walker's Bridge, Mississippi is in Pike County the location of Calvin Caston's homestead. Is Earnest Thomas the son of Elvira Caston and grandson of Calvin Caston?
I looked on the census records to see if I could locate Elvira Caston and Jeff Thomas. As a researcher of genealogy, I made the most common mistake not using various spellings of names. After careful review I found them in the 1880 federal Pike county census. I have looked at this census record many times and never notice that the household enumerated before Calvin Caston is Thomas Jefferson, wife Alvira Jefferson, child Horace and child Calvin. The census taker had recorded the family's names incorrectly. Thomas Jefferson is Jeff Thomas, Alvira Jefferson is Elvira Caston Thomas and Horace Jefferson is Horace Thomas and Calvin Jefferson is Calvin Thomas. I have copied a portion of the 188o census
Elvira Thomas was enumerated in Pike County census in 1920 worked in the box factory and 1930 as a laundress on her premises.
|Elvira Caston house number family number 598/612 Year: 1920; Census Place: Beat 2, Pike, Mississippi; Roll: T625_891; |
Page: 30B; Enumeration District: 102; Image: 744
|Elvira Thomas House number and Family number 97/104 1930; Census Place: Beat 2, Pike, Mississippi; Roll: 1162; Page: 4B|
; Enumeration District: 0004; Image:723.0; FHL microfilm: 2340897
Earnest Thomas was born in 1888 and his mother was Elvira Caston Thomas. Elvira Thomas was found in the 1920 and 1930 census she therefore did not die before 1885. Rosann Caston must have been the adult daughter who died and was mentioned in the affidavit. I have not been able to find the cause of death.
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