After reuniting with my family, we continued to explore our relationship by comparing stories and research. The connection with the Sterlings never appeared to be more than that of in-laws (i.e., Jeff’s father, Virgil and his relationship with my great-great grandmother, Lizzie Williams), but this fascinating document seemed to paint a slightly different picture.
I must preface my commentary about this 1880 Census Record with the fact that I studied this document for 5 years and never noticed what I’m about to tell you. Remember, when I first interviewed my great-grandmother, Essie, she spoke of her father George Taylor and his parents, Nelson, Jr. & Martha Taylor. Since finding the Sterlings was such a long shot, I focused on the Taylors. I found this record showing Nelson, Jr.’s parents, Nelson, Sr. & “Lytha (aka “Lifie,” Lilly" & “Lettie”) on lines 19 & 20. Notice Cecille Bryant and four of her children (Carey, Voltaire, Linda & Chris on lines 3-7.
|1880 U.S. Federal Census|