Flipping through the sheets looking for Cox, I flipped a slight to far and hit Crump. And there it was! Why I did not think of it to start with, I don't know. The estate records for Rebecca Crump.
Rebecca Crump was Mary Rebecca Hathcock Davis Crump, the widow of Edward Winfield Davis and the mother of Sarah Hortense Davis Stewart. The researcher had listed the following information off of the record: Record of Settlements: Book 4 pages 195-197. Estate of Rebecca Crump
T. A. Davis, admin. (Tho(mas Ashe Davis, Hortense's brother)
1. T. A. Davis 1/5th (Thomas Ashe Davis, her son and Hortense's brother)
2. J. T. Davis 1/5th (John Teeter Davis, her son and Hortense's brother)
3. Travis M. Crump (her son by J. T. Crump and Hortense's half-brother)
4. Ouissa Stewart (STEWART????..had to be Hortense's daughter)
5. Laura Crump (her daughter by J. T. Crump and Hortense's half-brother)
June 12, 1907
I was sooo excited. I had a name. I had not yet thought about looking up Hortenses mother, who was still alive when she died. Rebecca had divided her property equally between her surviving children, with Ouissa getting her mother's share.
Finding her name, I was able to find Ouissa. She had not died as a child.
I found Ouisa in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records after finding her death certificate. She lived to be 75 years old. She had married a local boy named Fred Douglas Hill. By 1930, she had had 3 daughters, Esther, Ethel and Faye. So far, I have been able to determine that Ethel and Faye both married. Ethel to Heath A West and Faye to a Little. I am not sure if any children were born after 1930 at this point. When the 1940 census becomes available in North Carolina, I will look for her there.
I am comforted to know that Hortenses little girl survived. But where was she in 1900? Was she with her father and Kitty?
The answer, again, lay with her grandmother.
|Home in 1900:||Tyson, Stanly, North Carolina|
|Relation to Head of House:||Granddaughter|
|Father's Birthplace:||North Carolina|
|Mother's Birthplace:||North Carolina|
|Occupation:||View on Image|
|Neighbors:||View others on page|
The census record also had another telling factor. Ouisa's death certificate and her tombstone has her birth year as 1895. They were wrong. At some point she shaved two years off of her age, probably because her husband, Fred Hill, was born in 1896..therefore 3 years younger than she was. My own grandmother Davis was 3 years older than my grandfather and hated that fact. She did not want any one to mention it. I am not sure how old Ouissa was when she married Fred, as I did not make it back to the RoD to find a marriage license for her, but I am sure she lied to the young Fred and shaved those extra years off to make it acceptable. Older men marrying younger women was somehow acceptable, but Victorian cougars were looked down upon. In the 1900 census she is listed as 7, putting her birthdate in 1893, which corresponds with her mother referring to her as 2 years old in the 1895 divorce papers.
I take great comfort in knowing that Hortenses little girl became an adult, a wife and a mother and lived a generous life to age 75. Her residence at the time of death was Norwood, which is the closest town to the community where she was born. She died of bronchial pneumonia, after a fractured hip. She must have fallen and having osteoporosis, common in older ladies, her hip broke.
Ouisa and Fred are buried at Cottonville, as is at least two of their daughters. Cottonville is just very close to where Ouisa grew up on the Davis property. She did not get far from home.
The bell from the original old church that was standing when Ouisa was a child.
A current image of the Hill's final resting place, Cottonville Baptist Church. I have a number of relatives buried there. Several of her Davis cousins, not all named Davis, but descended from the Davis family are buried there as well. Two of Kitty Davis Cox's sisters and their husbands are buried there.
And for the sad note. Genealogy is about the ones who came before us, but there are also those who come after. We lost what would have been my second grandchild today, and my oldest son's first child. Although the pregnancy was only discovered a week ago, I am feeling such a loss. My daughter lost one before she gave us our little angel, who is pictured on my profile, so perhaps soon, my son will become a father and the Davis legacy will go on.