Tracing Your Ancestors[Part 6]
Summary of What We Know
- Both a black and white Alex Stuckey lived in Wilkinson County
Georgia during the 1870’s and 1880’s.
- Both men were born during the slavery era.
- Sherman Stuckey was not enumerated in the household of either
- Two children, older than Sherman, George and Susan, resided
with black Alex Stuckey in 1870.
- Jerry Whipple, provided the information about Sherman
Stuckey’s parents found on his death certificate.
- Thus, suggesting a close tie
with the family.
All circumstantial evidence points toward a
relationship between the black Alex Stuckey, white Alex Stuckey,
and Sherman Stuckey.
- Consider for example, the first name Alex carried by both men
combined with the uncommon Stuckey surname.
- Also, consider Sherman’s mother was Ellen Carr and
white Alex Stuckey’s family is linked to the Carr
However before we try to trace black Alex Stuckey back into
the slavery era, let’s first follow his family forward in
- To learn more about the children in his household.
- Perhaps one of their death
certificates identifies Ellen Carr as the mother. If so , we know
Sherman definitely belongs to this family.
- To learn more about Alex Stuckey when and where he died
and perhaps learn his parents' names.
- To discover Jerry Whipple‘s connection to the Stuckey
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.
- First we made a searched for Alex and Josephine Stuckey. We
neither found them as a couple or as individuals.
- 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
- 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
Stuckey, George, head, Black, born 1855, age 45,
married 20 yrs, born Georgia, father born Virginia, mother born
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
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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