Updated 20 May 2014 to include links to Amy’s Week 19 recap and my Week 17 and 18 entries, James Morris Vesper and Joseph Levi Bush.
Here’s the story behind the challenge if you want to participate. http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/52-ancestors-in-52-weeks. Worth a read. Averages between 150 – 200+ posts/week. Weekly recap for Week 19 of the #52 Ancestors can be found here.
Ancestry.com shows Virginia Ann (Peck) Cuendet’s relationship with me as mother-in-law of grand-aunt. Her son, Louis Augustus Cuendet, married Myrtle Bush. Myrtle was my mother’s aunt. One of their children was Aunt Janie, my 52 Ancestors Week 5 entry. Myrtle is also mentioned in the post about her father, Joseph Levi Bush, 52 Ancestors Week 18 entry (see above for link).
Before starting the research for this week’s entry, I had a fair amount of information on Virginia. Some of the additional information found during this week’s search includes her middle name, her parents’ names, and 1860 census records. Still missing are where and when she married Paul Cuendet, and her 1870, 1890, and 1910 census records. Don’t know when she moved the 160 miles from Gallatin to Handsboro, but sometime between 1860 and 1880. Headstone has 10 May 2014 for birthdate.
Federal census records show her parents as Josiah (born around 1811) and Virginia Peck (born around 1824). They also show her as being born in Mississippi; siblings from 1860 records census records include William (age 12), Lucinda (age 9), Josiah (age 7), Elbert (age 5), Nancy (age 2), and Sarah (age 6/12); living in Gallatin, Copiah County, Mississippi. I originally missed Virginia on the 1860 census because it had her as Ann and not Virginia.
On the 1880 federal census, her children include Anna Cuendet (age 5), Adell Cuendet (age 3), and Sally Cuendet (age 1). They were living in Handsboro (now part of Gulfport), Harrison County, Mississippi.
On the 1900 federal census, children include Addelle (age 23), Sallie (age 21), Virginia (age 17), John (age 15), and Louis (age 11).
On the 1920 federal census, children include Adele (age 40) and grandson Jack Lucas (age 11). Paul died in 1917 and is buried next to Virginia.
I found a 1927 city directory listing for Virginia. Louis and Myrtle are listed above her.
Virginia died 24 November 1928 and is buried in Handsboro Cemetery in Gulfport. Find-A-Grave memorial can be found here.