So after years of banging my head against a brick wall, I FINALLY found my great-grandmother as a child in the 1870 census. Previously I had only been able to locate her after she was married to my great-grandfather. So now I know the names of her parents and that she had two siblings...BUT...here's the mystery...I CAN NOT find any of them in the 1880 census nor her father (Joseph) prior to that 1870 census or ANY of Martha's family after that 1870 census.
HELP ME SOLVE THIS MYSTERY, PLEASE!
Here's what I know/ have:
1870 Census - Beat 3, Cherokee Co., Texas (Post Office: Jacksonville)
Joseph P. Lewis, age 26, male, white, farmer, born in Tennessee
Sarah Lewis, age 23, female, white, keeping house, born in Arkansas
Sarah J. Lewis, age 5, female, white, born in Arkansas
John B. Lewis, age 3, male, white, born in Arkansas
Martha R. Lewis, age 7/12, white, born in Texas (my great-grandmother)-- who later married Alex P. Mashaw.
On the same page is Sarah's family:
John Harris, age 53, male, white, farmer, born in Texas
Rosanna Harris, age 50, female, white, Keeping House, born in Louisiana (aka Rohodia / maiden name = Williams)
Joseph Harris, age 20, male, white, working farm, born in Arkansas
Robert Harris, age 18, male, white,mworking farm, born in Arkansas
Pollie Harris, age 17, female, white, at home, born in Arkansas, attended school
James Harris, age 11, male, white, born in Arkansas
Franklin Harris, age 9, male, white, born in Arkansas