It is such a coincidence you posted this reply on the same day I received a copy of Robert's social security application in the mail! But we were disappointed that this Robert (Lee) Elam is the same member of a black family listed in the 1930 census. It states that his parents were Earnest Elam and Jeraldine (Newboust?) Not sure of the spelling of her last name as it isn't clearly written. This Robert Elam was from Humbolt, TN and applied for his social security card on July 1, 1941 at age 28. I will wait for the 1940 census to be released next spring in hopes I may find something there. Thank you for your reply!