Tracing Your Ancestors[Part 6]

Summary of What We Know

Next Steps

All circumstantial evidence points toward a relationship between the black Alex Stuckey, white Alex Stuckey, and Sherman Stuckey.

However before we try to trace black Alex Stuckey back into the slavery era, let’s first follow his family forward in time. Why?

What We Discovered

Most of the 1890 Georgia census was destroyed by fire. So we took a look at the 1900 Georgia census. Keep in mind 20 years have elapsed and making a connection to a person from 20 years earlier can be difficult.

  1. First we made a searched for Alex and Josephine Stuckey. We neither found them as a couple or as individuals.
  2. Next we searched marriage records. Perhaps one of them had died and the other remarried. A computerized search located a marriage certificate for a Josephine Stuckey (colored) who married Wherry Willis(colored) March 27, 1884. No entry could be located for the couple in the 1900 census. Was the name on the marriage certificate meant to be Jerry Whipple instead of Wherry Willis?
  3. Next we searched for the oldest child in Alex Stuckey’s household, George, in the 1900 Wilkinson County census. Our search turned up this household headed by a man of the appropriate age and description:

    Stuckey, George, head, Black, born 1855, age 45, married 20 yrs, born Georgia, father born Virginia, mother born Georgia
    Mattie, wife, Black, born 1878,age 21,married 2 years, born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    William J, son, Black, born 1880, age19, S, born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Irwin, son, Black, born 1885,son, age15, S, born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Mattie, daughter, 1887,age12,born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Franklin, Stuckey, Black, born 1891, born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Edgar, son, Black ,born 1873, age6,born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Pearl,daughter, Black,born 1896,age 4,born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Lizzie,daughter, Black, born 1898,age 2,born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    George, son, Black, born 1899,age 1,born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia
    Johnnie, son, Black, born 1899,age 1,born Georgia, father born Georgia, mother born Georgia

    The above George Stuckey best matches the one we seek: He lived near Nelson Stuckey, white Alex Stuckey’s son. Two of his daughters, Pearl and Mattie, are namesakes of Sherman Stuckey’s daughters.

    Did black Alex Stuckey die prior to March 1884, leaving Josephine a widow? Is George Stuckey, like Sherman, Ellen Carr's son? Who was Jerry Whipple?

    Join us next time as we shake the Stuckey’s family tree of color to the roots.

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