Sunday, July 3, 2011

1930 Dale Evans Census Contest Winner(s)

We actually have two winners in the contest to find Dale Evans in the 1930 Census. At this point, it looks like she might have been enumerated twice, although each entry has some challenges. Part of the problem is that Evans' life around 1930 was apparently in a state of transition. Online biographies (which could easily be unreliable) indicate she was divorced in 1929. I'll avoid a lengthy discussion of various versions of her marital history, but there are sources that state she was married to August W. Johns ( a 21 year old of that name is living in Memphis in 1930 in  ED 79-90, sheet 5A, line 4 as a boarder at 474 Edith Avenue).

1930 in Memphis

Jane in Washington found an incomplete entry in Memphis which appears to be Evans--the names are a match, but her son Tommy is not listed with her. The entry is crossed out and just the names are listed as if someone thought they were there and then realized they were no longer living at that address. The reference is 1930 Census, City of Memphis, Shelby County, ED 79-71, sheet 13B, lines 62 and 63.

1930 in Georgia

Randy Seaver of Geneamusings found another reference that could be Dale Evans as well. This entry is from Marietta, Georgia (Cobb County, ED 34-15, sheet 6B, lines 92-93). At first I really dismissed this entry, but after some look it has merit. The first names match the family and the ages are reasonably correct. The places of birth are off, but that would not be unusual. Smith was Evans' maiden name and it is possible that the information provided was a little "off" to make the family structure more amenable to the neighbors, census taker, etc. She would not be the first divorced woman to be listed in a census as married. I'm not 100% certain this is her, but I'm not 100% certain of the other entry either as it also has issues.

Both Jane and Randy have had their subscription to Casefile Clues extended 1 year for their efforts--and because their submissions had the earliest time stamp.Congratulations!

We'll have 1 or 2 more contests in the next day or so--stay tuned. And if you don't want to look for people you aren't related to in the census, but would like Casefile Clues, you can subscribe here. Our citations are not quite Evidence Explained style in this post, but they are in the newsletter...back to work!

1 comment:

  1. The Georgia listing is the one I had . . . had not seen the Memphis listing . . . hmmm . . .