Hi Kristi, You and I have corresponded a little on the ancestry board.I am registered there by my first name, Brenda (bre195).
I have that death certificate and I saw that SR notation.It also lists his birth year as 1857, which is not accurate.I am not sure what to think about this Jr, SR business.1910 census does show a Jr., born about 1891.But it fails to show Wilton anywhere on the census.He was unmarried at the time and most likely still at home.It would not be the first time that a census record had an incorrect name.If he does exist, where was he in 1900?Wouldn't a boy of nine be at home with his parents? Where was he after 1910?
The most significant reason I have for not believing that there was a Jr is this:I spent several days in the 1970's with Wm and Susan Dyal's granddaughter, Avis.She was Clarence Dyal's daughter.She talked at length about the family and all of her uncles and aunts.We visited all of the cemeteries and saw all of the graves.She never once mentioned a Wm. Washington, Jr.Wouldn't she have known her own uncle??The only record I have ever seen that in any way indicates a Jr. is that 1910 census.Do you have any other record that mentions him?
As much as I value death certificates as sources, I also remember that the information on them is only as good as the knowledge of the informant.For example, my aunt got a certified copy of her grandfather's death certificate and his father's name was not correct on that and his mother's name was listed as unknown.Both errors simply because the person giving the information at the funeral home did not know.
I'm still open to having a Wm Washington Jr if someone can produce evidence other than the 1910 census.
I don't have a copy of John Dyal's will, but I hope one day to go to SC and get that.If ever I make that trip, I will send you a copy.