I know you are going to think I'm crazy, but please bear with me.I recently found in the 1850 census of Houston County, TX the family of John BLAIR b. TN and wife Malinda b. KY which included 7 children:Sarah A.E. age 14 b. TN, Stephen J. age 13 b. TN, William J. age 11 b. MS, John K. age 10 b. MS, Hannah C. age 7 b. MS, Nancy J. age 5 b. MS, and Mary M. age 4 b. MS.I am very interested in this family because I think that Nancy J. age 5 may be my great-grandmother, Nancy Jane CRUSE, whom I know to have been born in 1845 in Mississippi, and whose mother was Malinda JONES.
Secondly, I found an 1849 marriage in Anderson County, TX for a Malinda CRUSE to John BLAIS (sic) which could either be a misreading of the word "BLAIR" or reflect the fact that the name "Blais" was frequently changed to "Blair."
Thirdly, I found in the LDS Ancestral File that someone has entered this family in the database with the mother's name listed as "Malinda Jones."I know that my great-great-grandmother was Malinda Jones.The only discrepancy I can find is that the submitter entered the birthplace for the last 5 children as "MO."A close reading of the original census makes me even more convinced that the abbreviation stands for "Mississippi" as it is written "Miss" with the first "s" inscribed like the old-fashioned "f."
What do you think?Do you think your Stephen J. Cruce could be the Stephen J. "Blair" in this census?Or do you think I'm reaching for stars?