I think you have it! This seems to be excellent evidence, if not proof, that our Susan Lister Floyd married Edmond Tripp about four years after Washington J. Floyd's death in 1885. She also outlived Edmond Tripp, him dying in 1891 and her dying in 1909. That would mean that she was married to Tripp two years or so. She had a reputation of being tough as nails, able to plow with the best of men despite her tiny stature, a stern and strait-laced taskmaster and able to scare children half to death. That could explain, I guess, why she outlived two husbands.
Where did you get the info about her marriage to Tripp and the date of his death?
Bernice, I have a copy of Jesse Floyd's death certificate, and it is revealing. Will share that info in a separate post if you do not have it.
Here from my book is an elaboration on the tombstone confusion:
THE MAN WITH TWO TOMBSTONES
Yes, there are two tombstones for Washington J. Floyd, both in Rozar Cemetery near Roddy, Ga. Not only that, but the names are different on each. The oldest of the two tombstones, apparently put up at the time of his death on September 15, 1885, shows his name to be G.W. Floyde. His epitaph on that tombstone reads:
He left a wife and ten children to morne the loss of a good father. He is gone to rest, we hope, where we all want to go, heaven, a happy home.
His second tombstone, apparently put up to match the tombstone of his wife, who died in 1909, shows his name to be Geo. W. Floyd. There is no doubt that this G.W. Floyde or Geo. W. Floyd is our Washington J. Floyd, but no explanation can be given for the difference in names. All courthouse documents show his name to be Washington J. Floyd, but family oral history tells us that his name was George Washington Floyd. It is possible that his full name was George Washington J. Floyd, or perhaps he became known as George Washington Floyd in his latter years when his nephew by the same name was making a mark as a Primitive Baptist preacher. In any event, the birth years are the same in the Wardlow Bible and on both tombstones. However, as has been noted, there is a difference of about a month between the Bible birth date and the tombstone birth date. There’s also a mystery surrounding the tombstone of Susan Lister Floyd. It is beside the tombstone of Geo. W. Floyd and reads: “Surie J. Floyd, 1834 – June 8, 1909. We have no clue as to how Susan A. Floyd could become Surie J. Floyd. Adding to this mystery is the 1900 U.S. Census for Dodge County, Ga., showing Susan Tripp, a widow, living next door to John E. Floyd (John James Everett Floyd). We know that Ebb’s mother lived in a cabin next to his house. Ebb’s listing in the census was No. 150, and Susan Tripp’s was No. 152. The record showed her to have 10 children with nine of them still living, and we know that Hattie Floyd Wade died in 1894. The record showed that Susan Tripp was 63 years old and was born August 1836, and Surie J. Floyd’s tombstone showed her to have been born in 1834. Close enough. Does this mean Susan Floyd remarried after Washington J. Floyd died? If so, why does her tombstone show her last name to be Floyd? One possible explanation is that the census enumerator erred and wrote Tripp instead of Floyd.