One of the family's great mysteries on the Williamson line is what happened to our great, great, great grandparents Mathew and Selina? This has pestered me for five years. Today I'm pleased to announce my latest findings which answer the question. What of dear Grandmother Selina?
Shall we begin with the Relationship Chart?
I spent the last few years trying to find Selina in history. What became of her and George? Did she remarry? If so, to whom?
Last week the mystery was solved with a review of the 1850 census. The illustration below makes it clear.
There it is, Selena (Selina) living in Floyd, Virginia (right where she should be). Look at the members of the household. First, there is a correction. The last name is not Levis, it is Lewis. The census taker made an error as you'll see in later censuses.
Living in the home is our Great Great Grandfather George Mathew Williamson putting his birth in 1835. All of that is correct. Selina was found. She had remarried a William Lewis of Floyd, Virginia. Selina was the mother of four new children, half brothers and sisters to George. Virginia Lewis was born in 1845. I would venture to guess then that Selina remarried sometime between 1835 and 1844.
My Theory Takes Shape.
Let's look at the 1840 Census
This is a page taken from the 1840 US Census. There she is! The Census records a certain Salina (her name was spelled several different ways on many different census records) living in the Charlotte, Virginia area. Charlotte is near Lynchburg. Also notice her middle name starts with "D". Our Great Grandmother's name was Selena Dandridge Jeffries.
This is the same Census record in text. Selena was the head of household in this Census. Notice her household consisted of 2 people, Selena and a young son listed at 5 or younger (George Matthew was born in 1834/35).
The Theory is modified:
Let's Look at the 1860 Census
Here we see that William and Selina had five children. George Mathew was 25 years old and gone from the home. He had married four years earlier at the age of 21 to Margaret Ann Willis. The couple was living in Payson, Illinois.
The 1870 census shows William gone. I will assume Selina was a widow twice. The children all grown except for Martha Agnes.
The hunt is on. My next goal is to track down all of Selina and Williams' children to learn what became of them. We have half cousins out there waiting to be discovered.