Elihu Dye was my great grandfather.Ms. Gertrude Tackett is a very hard woman to trace!
All I can find of her is from family trees on Ancestry.comI have been unable to find any official records regarding her on Ancestry.com or several other sites.I did contact the Moore Family Tree through Ancestry.com around mid-February, but have not heard anything.
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Do we know for sure she was born in 1837?The 1850 census for Mr. Tackett (in Lawrence Co, Alabama) does not list her (she would have been 13 years old).Of course, any census records prior would not list family names and I was unable to find any 1840 census’ close enough to match.The 1860 and 1870 census’ shows they moved to Richland, Holmes Co, Mississippi.
What I did find was Mr. Tackett married Elmira (Tobe) on 2/26/1839, in Lawrence Co, Alabama.This could mean that Mr. Tackett may have been previously married to Gertrude‘s mother - name unknown.
Elihu was born in 1855 and would have been 26 if/when he married Gertrude, born 1837 - she would have been 44.
My take is that Gertrude (the daughter), born 1876; Laura Belle, born 1877;and, Julian, born 1881; was not Gertrude’s and Elihu’s children.From what I’ve seen,Julian had used Tackett and Dye as a last name.In the long run, he used Dye for everything.(The years of birth are taken from family trees shown on Ancestry.com except for Julian‘s - his was from his Military Registration Card.)
Yoval was born in 1882 and Leona was born 1884 - these two I believe wereGertrude’s and Elihu’s children.They are shown on the 1900 census.I didn’t know Yoval’s middle name was Boswell - where did you find that information?I haven’t been able to find anything on him or if that was the correct spelling of his name.
Elihu and Josephine married 5/3/1887 (marriage on official record).Josephine was apparently pregnant with Hugh, who was born 11/21/1887.They had 5 children total - Hugh (known as Reed), Emma, Lena, Sallie and John (my grandfather).
I did find the 1850 census for Holmes Co, Mississippi showing James P as a Lawyer and John as a Physician.
Sorry for the length of this, but just trying to get all info out there.I hope it wasn’t too confusing!Anything you can add would be greatly appreciated.Thanks.