All I knew about my grandmother's dad, Montgomery Mckinley and his side of the family was his father's name (Stewart Mckinley), his mother's first name (Alice), and 6 of his siblings: Gerly, Louisiana, Leslie, Rosalie, Jessie Lee & Susie. My father helped me with some of their descendants, but that was it. I accessed Ancestry.com and found a tree posted with Pearl Young, Charlie Veal and his mother Annie Moncree, but I also saw my Sterling cousins and my great-great grandmother, Lizzie Taylor (Vickie's grandmother)...?!
Now I'm really intrigued.
Vickie gave my contact information to Gwen and she called June 7th. Gwen referred me to her 1st cousin, Byron Richardson and we spoke twice that day. The second time, we spoke with his 90 year old mother, Thelma Eby Richardson on the phone. We talked for nearly two hours and she solved the puzzle. Cousin Thelma said her mother, Annie Moncree and Alice Mckinley were sisters and their mother's name was Anne Jenkins. They also had a brother named Ben Moncree, Jr & a sister named Easter (married name: Matthews). Thelma knew my father, grandmother, great-grandfather, Montgomery and all of his siblings. Even more astonishing, she knew the Sterlings and the Taylors on my great-grandmother's side of the family (Montgomery's wife Essie B. Taylor Mckinley)!!! She also said Montgomery had another sibling named Mae Alice Mckinley who married Ben Parker and had a daughter named Louise B. Parker. When told of this, my father confirmed it and said there was another daughter named "Viola."
Yesterday, I found my original notes from an interview with Essie B. and my grandmother 22 years ago. I didn't realize that above Alice's name, I wrote two more names with no reference to relationship: "Anna" and "Esther." Apparently, I had their names already, but after 22 years, I couldn't remember why I notated those names. Thanks to Thelma, I now know. I also documented Montgomery's father's siblings above his name as well: Edna, Richard, Gerly, Mary, & Johnny. I didn't realize I had these names!!!!
I'm very excited now because all I knew was a first name--"Alice" and nothing else. Thanks to my cousin Vickie for asking about Mckinley High School graduates, Byron and his mother Thelma, I've busted through another brick wall!