2022 – 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE – WEEK 02 – Favorite Find

For years I had looked for the death record for my great-great-grandmother Martha Ella Barbee. Ella was born about 1854 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and married Robert Barbee on May 24, 1877, at Huntsville, Alabama. Ella came into the marriage with two children: George ( 1874) and Joe (1875). She had been married two times before; the first was to John Backer Wright at Juneville, South Carolina, and John Warford at Spartansburg. She had eight children with Robert, including my great grandmother Rosa Barbee Lanier Taylor.

I looked at Robert Barbee’s Civil War pension index card, and I noticed something strange.


Cite Record -“United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934”,  images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KDPR-DX2 : 8 March 2014), Robert Barbee, 1890.

On January 17, 1928, Robert Barbee did die but not in Ohio. Why would Youngstown, Ohio be on the record? So I searched for Ella Barbee in Youngstown. Sure enough, I found her death record. Ella died on August 6, 1926, in Youngstown, Ohio. It listed her residence as 752 Willow Street and her burial at Tod Homestead Cemetery. Wow! During the six years going to Hayes Junior High and Rayen school, I passed by the Tod Homestead every day

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