Re: marriage Do I understand correctly that 'my' James W actually was James Wilson, no father listed, mother Mary's maiden name was Gouldman ? Note: Sarah Ann Wood's mother was Margaret Carnahan. I have that line going back a hundred years or more...
Re: Sharum household It is reported by one of my mother's cousins, another of JW's granddaughters, that JW had a sister 'Mattie' who eventually married John Hibbard. They lived in Indianapolis. No further information.
Re: Martin Co census I notice that Mattie, age 7 in 1870, becomes Mary J, age 17, ten years later. (but see Kentucky!) Annie, 1/12, disappears, replaced by Pearl M, age 10. Can you tell me where in Martin Co.?
I have a record showing that James and Sarah had a daughter 'Mary Pearl' who apparently married 'John G Sanford'. This document shows no dates for these two but her parents do match the census data.
Re: Kentucky From here I have a pretty clear picture. My mother knew all these folks, and visited there as a child. I notice that in the IN census, Sarah Ann Wood's mother was born in Indiana, but in the 1920 KY, her mother was listed as born in KY. Also, JW's wife, Mattie/Mary is now Martha J... My mother always knew it as Martha. She was named for her.