I am still trying to find out what happened to the wife of James Franklin Paris (Parris). What I do know about her: Name: Almeda Born: Kentucky Birth Date: abt 1828 Listed on the 1860 Census in Menard County with James and Children born in IL. (Zephus, Oliver, and Robert). Died: sometime after 1860 census and before her husband (James Parris) remarried a Mrs. Carolina Dickenson August 20, 1869 in Morgan Co., Illinois. I believe she died after 1862 because their was a 8 year old son David (born in Ark.) on the 1870 census for Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL.
If any have run across Almeda or if your family is missing an Almeda please contact me.
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I have James Paris (son of Ezekiel and Polly Paris) born KY 1830 and his wife Almeda born KY. The first they show up is on the 1860 census in Menard Co. (Petersburg PO), IL (which is dated 7/5/1860) by this time they have 3 children all born in IL (Oliver 7, Zephus 4, and Robert 1 - James is 27 and Almeda is 32). The next I find James Parris marrying a Mrs. Carolina (Neiderer) Dickenson Aug 20, 1869 in Morgan Co., IL at the age of 39. Following that, these two show up on the 1870 census in Cass Co., IL (which is dated Sept 20, 1870) by that time the three boys have left home or gone to live with other family members (which seems confusing to me). However, they have in their household the following [Evalie Paris b. IL 10, David Paris b. ARK 8, Alice b. IL (March is the birth month) 2/12, William Dickenson 17, Emma Dickenson 16 and Charles Dickenson 13 - James 39 and Carolina b. Swiss 36]. I know that James dies on Jan 31, 1913 in Chandlerville, Cass Co., IL and is buried in the Village Cemetery.
Some puzzling items: Where could James have been during the 1850 census, he is not in his father's home in Madison Co., KY. Where were James and Almeda married? Just when did Almeda die?
Is Alice Almeda's child or did Carolina(e) become pregnant prior to marrying James? Update: Alice is Caroline and James' child (CULP, ALBERT O. and PARIS, MARY A. CASS Co., IL Date 12/26/1886Vol/Page 56/ Lic 4519, Mary Alice married Albert Culp, who was later stabbed to death during a poker game. Their children were Fern Culp and Mabel Culp ( mar. Thomas Osborne, 2nd mar. Frank Zeller). Child of Mabel and Thomas - Gary Osborne; children of Mabel and Frank - Rosemary, Betty, and Beverly.)
Where did Robert, Zephus, and Robert go? I know that James moved to Menard with his brothers: William, Bennett, Henry, and Ishom possibly Volney his other brother and Elizabeth his sister. I can account for all of them in the 1850 census but not James.
If any has ideas I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks! Veronica Stroud firstname.lastname@example.org