It looks like your Lovalla and Mary C. Walls were still alive in 1920 because I found them on the 1920 census for Benton Township in Pike County, OH:
Walls, Lavella M W 68 Ohio Ohio Ohio Walls, Mary C. FW 61 Ohio Ohio Ohio
Son James is living next door to them or with them.Mary C. Walls is listed as “W” for white.There should be a death certificate at the Ohio Historical Society for Mary C. Walls.Maybe it will name her parents (maybe not).
I did not look at the census records for 1930, 1910 or 1900 but did look at the 1880 census where we can find Lovalla and Mary C. Walls in Sunfish Twp of Pike County, OH:
Walls, Lovalla M W 26 Ohio Ohio Ohio Walls, Mary C. FW 21 Ohio Ohio Ohio Walls, Eliza E. FW2 Ohio Ohio Ohio Walls, James ? M W 6/12 (Nov.) Ohio Ohio Ohio
You can go to the link below to see more of what I have on this family.Again, listed as W for white.
In Particular, note the 1870 Census for Benton Twp in Pike County, OH of this James M. Cotrell:
Cotrell, James M. 35 MW OH Cotrell, Ann Elizabeth 34 FW VA Cotrell, Mary C. 11 FW OH Cotrell, Joseph Edwin 9MW OH Cotrell, Charles W. 7MW OH Cotrell, John E. L. 5MW OH Cotrell, Sarah E. 2FW OH Cotrell, Minnie F. 7/12FW OH
I have learned to be “skeptical” of oral history given to me no matter who gives that history to me.They me even adamantly believe what they are telling me.I have four instances where I have found the oral history in my family has been wrong or mis-interpreted.
1. My mother’s maiden name is Cannon and she told me that the Cannons were from Ireland.I have diligently traced this family back to about 1651 and find that they came from France via the Netherlands (Dutch) to New Amsterdam.No recent male Cannon in my line was actually from Ireland.However, I have a few recent ancestors that married what appears to be Irish women. 2. The Coterels, my aunt stated, were from german ancestry.Same thing happened here.They married a lot of german women but the Coterel/Cottrell family appears to have originally come from England, Wales or France. 3. According to my aunt again, one of my gg-grandmothrs was full-blooded Indian (a Halterman).Well, here grandfather was captured as child by Shawnee Indians and adopted into the tribe but was later released.No Indian blood though. 4. According to my mother again, one of here grandmothers was full-blooded Indian.Her name was Glaze and the family was from England or Germany.No Indian blood.
When I revealed and showed the actual evidence to both you would have thought that they were ready to disown me.They were so adamant about the Oral history that had been passed to them by their parents and grandparents.It didn’t mean that they lied or that their parents and grandparents lied but they may have missed a few details as to who it really applied to.