I am seeking any information on the parents and siblings of Ethel (Symonett, Grant) Roberts. Most of the information I have on her is from the 1930 and 1940 federal census records and 1935 and 1945 Florida state censuses. Her date of birth was November 8, 1903 (SSI) or 1907 (FlaDI) Date of death was 06 Dec. 1982, Miami.
In 1930, Ethel was in the household of William and Eliza Symonett (census incorrectly identified the name as Sumblety) and their five children at NW 19th Ave, Miami. Ethel is identified as a niece. She is stated to be 21, married since age 19, and the mother of three listed children: Lucy D. Grant, 4 1/12, James Roberts, 2 11/12, and William Roberts, 0 2/12. The Bahamas is given as the birthplace of the Symonett parents and Ethel, Florida as that of all the children. The date of immigration for Ethel is 1923. Her occupation is "washerwoman."
In 1935, Ethel, age 32, is living at 1342B NW 4th in Miami and working as a maid. She is the head of her household and has four children: Dorothy Grant, 9, James Roberts 7, Henry Roberts 4, and Susie Johnson, 1. Ethel's place of birth is given as Jamaica.
In 1940, Ethel,33, is in the household of Daniel Seymour, 43 at 1335C NW 5th Ave, Miami. All persons in the household have the surname Seymore (s/b Seymour. Daniel's birthplace is given as Bahamas, Ethel's as BWI, and the children's as Florida. The children are Alice, 14, James, 12, Henry 10, Samuel,4, Shirley 2, and Joslin 5/12. Ethel's occupation is "maid."
In 1945, Ethel is still residing at the same place with Daniel Seymour, but her surname is given as Roberts. Her age is listed as 34. Dorothy (Lucy/Alice) and James are no longer in the household. There are now 5 Seymour children: Shirley, 7, Yvonne (Joslin), 5, Daniel Jr, 4, Johnnie,2, and Shadrick, 1. Henry Roberts is 16, and Samuel Kemp is 9.
The Florida Marriage Collection for the 20th century begins in 1927, so I cannot determine whether an Ethel Grant or Ethel Symonett married someone surnamed Roberts in 1925 or 1926. Of course, Ethel may not have been married in 1930 or before and her maiden name could well be Roberts.
Of the various places of birth given in the above records, I think it most likely that Ethel was born in Jamaica. although she may have immigrated to Florida via the Bahamas. During the period covered by these records, BWI could refer to the Bahamas or any of the British controlled territories in the Caribbean, including British Guiana and Br. Honduras. It does appear that some census takers distinguished between Bahamas and the other island territories which were generally referred to as BWI. One census gave William Symonett's place of birth as Turks Island, which at that time was politically administered with Jamaica. His wife Eliza's birthplace was listed as Nassau.
I also think it more probable that Ethel was born in 1903 or thereabout rather than later in that decade, consistent with the SSDI and the one census above where she was likely to have provided the data herself (including Jamaica as birthplace).
I don't know if Ethel had more children with Seymour after 1945. There are records that appear to show another marriage (or two) for him and another divorce. His relationship with Ethel appears to have been a common law marriage.
My interest in this family is centered on Ethel's son, Samuel A. Kemp, who went to San Francisco in the late 1950s or the 1960s. I would like to know who his father was and whether he had other half siblings by him. I would also like to know if any of Ethel's children are still living.
Thanks for anything.