I counted five questions in your letter and the statement in the middle. I have answers in the order of your questions.I can not repeat your questions here,it's Friday, and I have lots to do here on this project I am working on here in New Orleans away from my home in Austin since Thanksgiving last year.
Question #1- I have an Elizabeth Carrie Spruce, daughter of Homer Virgil Spruce. I have H. V. Spruce being born in Bibb County, Alabama. I have his birthdate (see earlier postings this website, I don't have it in front of me at my desk this morning but I think he was born on Oct. 28, 1802 or 1809.) I have that information off of his daughter's obituary.
I have Homer taking his wife and kids to the town of Italy, Ellis County, Texas in the early 1850's.
I have family trees from two different distantly related Rousseau Cousins; Wayne Rousseau of Texas and Bob Rousseau of Alabama and I have a family tree handed down directly to me from my Howard kin. The daughter of Elizabeth Carrie Spruce and Hilliar Lafayette Rousseau, Lillie Albion Rousseau married a Howard, Seargent Prentiss Howard of Mississippi. And he took her back to Mississippi from Texas where her daddy Homer took her in 1852.
What I don't have is the name of Homer's wife. You have a Spruce family Bible with a baby girl, the daughter of Homer Virgil Spruce, who is born on the same day in the same place as my Elizabeth Carrie Spruce. In your Bible it lists her as Elizabeth C. Spruce born Feb. 1,1843.
Now, I have a photo of this woman, her obituary, mention of her name on the family tree, her date of birth both on the tree and the funeral home information page filled out by her son which also lists her as being born in Bibb County, Alabama.
I never had the name of her mamma until you sent me the Spruce family Bible listings. I am unable to believe that on Feb.1, 1843 in Bibb County Alabama that there were two little girls or even more that were named Elizabeth C. Spruce and had a daddy named Homer V. Spruce. There just weren't that many people in all of Alabama in 1843, much less Bibb County with a population then of around a thousand souls.
If you think your Homer and daughter Elizabeth are different, please tell me why soon.
Question #2- No, please excuse me. I sit down and list all this stuff on a big sheet of paper and even draw diagrams like family trees when I get new stuff just to help me visualize.
You misread what I said.
Calvin Constantine Rousseau could not have married Alice. Calvin married a woman named Martha,but we do not know her last name. It is not the Martha that married Homer, who was twice his age. Nor do we think he married Alice who was only 10 when her older sister Elizabeth C. got married to Hilliar Lafayette in 1869 in Texas.
In 1869 when Hilliar and Elizabeth married (a relative, a Howard,chased down the record of their marriage) Hiliare was 21 and Elizabeth was 26. I don't have the date of Calvin's marriage to the woman Martha whose last name has not been salvaged from time yet.
Our only question is do you think Calvin married Martha E. Spruce, third child of Homer V. and Martha Spruce, born Oct. 10, 1840?
Question #3-I was told my great great grandma Elizabeth Carrie Spruce was half Choctaw/Cherokee Indian by her daughter, Lillie Albion Rousseau who lived with my family in Atlanta in the mid 1950s.
She (Lillie) was in her 80s and I met her and she said she was a quarter Indian and I have a photo of her too back in Texas. And she has features, strong beautiful facial features like the chief on the old Buffalo nickles that were common at that time.
I cannot imagine why a woman in the South in 1955 in Atlanta would claim falsely to have mixed blood. There would be no benefit. After her death years later her daughter also confirmed this claim I had heard as a child.
Question #4- I do not have the date of the death of Calvin Constantine Rousseau in front of me but will try to get it for you.
Question #5- The obituary of Elizabeth Carrie Spruce.
Yes I have it, back in Texas.
It lists her vital statistics, her father Homer V. Spruce's name and place of birth (Bibb, Alabama). Her mother's name is left blank.
Her (Elizabeth C.) husband Hilliar and she participated in the last Oklahoma Indian Territory Land Rush in 1906. She died in the former Indian Nation among white people and in order to be buried next to her all white husband Hilliar who preceded her in death in 1929 her (Elizabeth C's) son left the line for the name of her mother blank on the information page to be filled out by the next of kin ralative at the funeral home.
And so, Elizabeth Carrie Spruce Rousseau is buried next to her husband in Oklahoma where Indians and whites did not mix in 1936 when she died.
Sincerely, Rhett Beard
PS, Hell, I've got living relatives today who won't admit being one-thirty-second or even one-sixty-fourth Indian because of Elizabeth. I really have no time for them. I am proud of my great great grandma and I would not be me who I am happy to be if it were not for her and 31 other people from her times.