I have hit a colossal brick wall! I need to find ancestors for my great great grandmother, Rebecca VAN TREASE of Jackson, Madison Co., TN. She was married to John NELSON. My great grandmother, Lena Thompson Nelson, was their daughter. Lena was born 20 December, 1881 in Jackson, Madison Co., TN. Because of the year of her birth and the loss of the 1890 census, Lena never appears in any census with her family of origin. (She was married to my great grandfather, Henry Andrew WEATHERWAX, by 1900.) Thus, Lena's death certificate holds the only clues to her ancestry. Many moons ago, I posted a query to a Madison Co. site, but I have never received a reply. I am hoping one or more of you have seen or heard something about my Rebecca VanTrease. There really isn't much to go on here, but there may be a clue in that Lena Nelson was nearly blind from the congenital cataracts she was born with and which I understand were hereditary in her family.