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I think it's a pretty good guess -- though not beyond the shadow of a doubt -- that
MES in A-12 next to Levi Smith in A-11 is her. I've been to Looney Springs twice in
the past two years, and there is no footstone anymore with those initials, but there is
considerable unmarked space around Levi's grave and I'm assuming that's where
she lies. There are lots of those kind of footstones at Looney Springs. Almost all the
inscriptions are eroded, and I imagine some of the stones get carried off.
I am not assuming that Howard/Howorth is her name as the result of a third marriage.
I'm thinking that it is a maiden name. The fact that she doesn't show up in the
Bible records of Johnson Harris Garrett and Belinda Wilson Garrett, plus --now-- the
Howard references, are leading me to doubt that she was a Garrett, or at least the natural
daughter of Johnson and Belinda.
In the 1830 census, there is one female under the age of 5 living with Johnson and
Belinda. That could be Melinda, or it could be Mary Ann, depending on when the census was
taken, since Mary Ann was born in 1830. In the 1840 census there are two females ages
5-9. I'm assuming they were Mary Ann and Sarah (born 1832). There are no females
listed as being between the ages of 10 and 14, which would have been Melinda's age
group in 1840. So that leads me to believe that the girl under 5 in 1830 must have been
Mary Ann, not Melinda.
Right now, I'm not sure of what, if any, connection Melinda has to the Garretts. Do
you have any primary-source documentation on that?
By the way - Margaret sent me a copy of your "Descendents of Melinda E. Garrett"
a year or so ago. Nice work! After all I've written above, here is the part that
flabbergasts me: 3 Jan 1912: "In Mary Ann Garrett Gilliam Anderson's obituary,
she is referred as sister M. E. Smith of Temple." (!)
Old Melinda, my 3rd great-grandmother, probably sleeping in an unmarked grave in Campbell
Hill, has given me one of my more serious and fascinating genealogical challenges!
Thanks and best regards,
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