This is the most up-to-date information I have and I'm trying desperately to find direct descendants or anyone with documentation/proof concerning the following people. I really need to determine if this is the correct "Pearl" that married into the following Cosby family. This Cosby family was from the Jackson, Jefferson, Blount and St. Clair counties of Alabama. Their surname was often spelled COsby & CRosby in historical records. I've since learned that this isn't unusual. Hope the following facts won't be too confusing. Each time I go over them, the more confused I get:
Frank Cosby was the s/o Uriah W & Sarah E Wilson Cosby, born ca 1882 in AL; his first wife was a Eula A Brock. A Cosby family bible states that Frank married a 2nd time to a lady named Pearl; her maiden name was not given. An added notation to the COsby family bibleread:
"Pear is still alive as far as I know; she is 90 years old."
If she was born in 1890, then these notes were written ca 1980. Many think Frank's "Pearl" was Anna Pearl Billington, d/o of the above John L and Sallie L Price Billington. If so, Pearl was born in Antelope, Jack Co, TX.
I found Anna Pearl Billington CRosby, and her 2 children, Marie CRosby and Thomas CRosby, (spelling on the census record) living in Duke, Jackson Co OK on the 1930 census. Also on this 1930 census is John L, Sila L, and son, Dan L Billington. Haven't a clue as to where Pearl's husband could have been. I've tried to find Annie Pearl on the 1900, 1910 and 1920 census records but have failed. Can't find Frank either. He probably had a first and a middle name but I don't know what his complete legal name was. All I have is Frank. According to this 1930 census, Pearl's age at 1st marriage was 26 (m. ca 1916); don't know where.
I next find Pearl in Bakersfield, Kern Co CA thru Social Security records. States she was born Sept 23, 1890, died Oct 1986. SS card is issued in CA before 1951. Pearl's death record (California Death Index, 1940-1997), gives the surnames of her parents as Billington and Price. Shows her birth as Sept 23, 1890 in TX; died Oct 16, 1986 in Kern Co CA. Next, I find an Annie Pearl COsby buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Kern Co CA. Birth date shown is just 1890 and death date as 1986. Also buried in this same cemetery is Thomas J. COsby, dates of 1924-1981. This would have to be her son.
The California Death Index shows Frank COsby was born Feb 3, 1882 in AL. He died Nov 4, 1949 in Kern Co, California. On this death record, his father is shown with the surname of COsby and his mother's surname as Wilson. This is all of the information I can find for Frank. I've looked for his Social Security record but have had no luck. I also haven't been able to find out where he is buried; I can't find him in the above mentioned Greenlawn Memorial Cemetery. I also haven't been able to discover anything about Pearl's daughter, Marie. She could possibly still be living.
I do think, after looking at all the information, that Frank's 2nd wife was probably Annie Pearl Billington. I'd like the opinion of others who connect to this Billington line. Is this the Pearl who married Frank? Can anyone furnish more information on these people?