I'm looking for the parents of a great-great-great grandmother of mine, Elizabeth Mary "Lizzie" Gates. She was born on April 11, 1860 in Alabama. I don't know what county.
On December 08, 1878 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, she married William Alexander Caldwell. He was born on October 15, 1857 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama and died on February 09, 1921 in Talladega, Talladega County, Alabama. He is buried at Mount Sheron Cemetery in Childersburg, Talladega County, Alabama. His parents were Charles Mitchell "Mitt" and (his second wife) Elizabeth "Eliza" (Hutchinson) Caldwell.
Elizabeth died on April 13, 1951 in Childersburg, Talladega County, Alabama and is buried in an unmarked grave at Childersburg Cemetery, Childersburg, Talladega County, Alabama.
I have a copy of Elizabeth's death certficiate, but it doesn't list any vital information for her aside from her birth and death dates. The informant was an H. D. Wilson, but what relation he had to her, I don't know. The cause of death is listed as "senality." The funeral home which dealt with Elizabeth was Service Funeral Home in Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama. It apparently doesn't exist anymore, though, from what I tried searching on the Internet. A very old post on Roots Web said its records only begin at 1954, so those don't help. Elizabeth also didn't file for Social Security, so I can't look for an application to help.
I've posted queries on Elizabeth before, and it's been suggested that she might be a Margaret Gates listed in the 1870 Tallapoosa County, Alabama Census who was a daughter of a Benjamin and Eveline (Williams) Gates. However, I've found nothing which indicate Elizabeth was ever called Margaret, so I'm doubtful of that connection. Though various Censuses report different areas, Elizabeth's father was from Georgia and her mother was from South Carolina.
If anyone can shed light on this genealogical brick wall, it'd be much appreciated! It's incredibly frustrating when I'm able to find information on her husband just fine, but not her. Please either post in this thread or feel free to E-Mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org