Hello, I posted my first query to this forum in 2001. Unfortunately, at that time I was under the impression that my ancestor's name might have been Gerow. Also unfortunately, I didn't check back to see that Margaret Sease Jayroe had answered my query. Margaret, I apologize to you. It was definitely my loss.
After my most recent post Paul Williamson kindly answered me and his help is so appreciated. I now know that Robert Jayroe in Coryell Co. was William's cousin. I made contact with an associated family here in Tx. and learned that our William Jayroe was indeed Samuel Jayroe's son. However, the first census that I had found Samuel on, with clarity, was 1850 showing William as his son but Samuel's name was spelled as Gerow.
My GGgrandfather's name was William W. Jayroe as recorded in the records of Coryell Co., Tx. He was the son of Samuel Jayroe and Eliza (Moore?). With Paul's help I understand how the Southern Jayroe's fit. I am still having trouble with the names and ages on the censuses of Samuel's family, however.
From the 1850 thru the 1870 census some of Samuel's daughters are not identified with the same names as on the 1850 census. I can't find them in marriage records either.
Samuel's children (hope I have this right):
1850: Samuelage 45 Eliza37 William17 Frances14 Sarah12 Samuel Geo. 10 (Samuel George Fitten Jayroe) Isaah8 (Isaiah Thomas Jayroe) Margaret6 Mahala2
1860 Samuel48 b. Ala. (say what?) Eliz40 Frances23 George18 Isaah17 Louisa16 (is this Margaret?) Eveline14 (is this Mahala?) Fredonia9 Taylor8 Emma4 Sarah Skeen 21 ( this must be Sarah above ?)
1870 Samuel65 Eliza56 Isaah27 Sarah29 (this must be Sarah Skeen from above?) Evaline22 Fredonia18 Franklin16 Taylor14 (shouldn't he be 18?) Emma12 (shouldn't she be 14?) Mary Skeen11 (census doesn't say that she is Sarah's daughter, but the previous census has a Sarah Skeen in the household)
If anyone is related to this family I will appreciate your help in determining what most of these girls changed their given names to! I had a lot of fun watching censuses where one of my GGAunts changed her age until she was almost as young as her daughter, (because she married a younger man)but this has me stumped! Is Emma Jayroe recorded as Emma Jordan in the marriage records?
Thanks in advance for any help. I will gladly share what I have on William Jayroe.