Bettye, In reference to this Myrtle Inez Appleton, she was born on Jan 15, 1882 in Alabama and died July 29, 1948 in Lauderdale Co., Alabama. Where I've found her in the census records, she indicates she was born in Alabama, but I don't know where. I know she was married to a Osceola Hill on Dec 29, 1897 in either Alabama or Missouri. In the 1900 census in Missouri, her first name was listed as being Mirthius. I don't know of anyone ever saying it was spelled this way thereafter. Could be an "invention" by the census taker? The most recent information I got about Myrtle from her youngest daughter, Ruth was that Myrtle's father died when she was young. Myrtle was an only child. Myrtle and her mother then lived with a married sister to Myrtle's mother. Their sister's married last name was Griffen and that they lived close to Good Springs, Alabama.
Myrtle applied for a passport in 1930 to visit her son, Herbert's grave site in France.He was killed in WWI. Her passport number was 2366 and she sailed on "The Washington", which left New York on Aug 19, 1930.
I hope this helps? I am not a new source since I've already pooled what I know with a Robert Evans and from him to Bettye. George Zay GeoZay@aol.com