By Don Taylor
Sometimes, while researching through the census records, some realization occurs that makes you smile and say, “oh wow!” Such was the case while I was researching my wife’s great-aunt Anna Lee (Howell) Boseman. During the 1910 census, just like during the 1900 census, women reported how many children they had and how many were still living. In Anna’s case she had 13 children and nine were living. All nine were identified as living with her and her husband, so that means any child born before 1910 and not listed must have died before the census.
The Living with William and Anna during the 1910 Census are the following children:
- William Boseman Jr. 21
- Jessie Boseman 17
- Bernice S Boseman 15
- Mollie M Boseman 13
- George D Boseman 12
- Russell L Boseman 8
- Virginia L Boseman 5
- Lilie M Boseman 3
- Martin V Boseman 0
Maggie who was with the family in 1900 is missing in 1910, so Maggie must have died before 1910. The other five children are in both censuses:
- Anna Lee Howell was born in November 1866
- She Married William Jackson Boseman in 1886
- They had 13 children, nine of them were living in 1910; eight of them lived to adulthood.
- She died in her residence, at the ripe old age of 84, on 31 July 1951 in Weldon, Halifax County, North Carolina and is buried at Cedarwood Cemetery.
I feel that the connections identified by ThruLines as going through Anna Lee (Howell) Boseman are highly reliable.