THE KENDRICK FAMILY
Julia Mellgina is listed in the 1860 Federal Census of Kemper County, Mississippi. She is 16 years old and is the daughter of Charles C. and Emaline Diffy. Her name is incorrectly listed as "Mellessia."
Mellgina married Charles Albert Kendrick July 19, 1867 and in the 1870 Census she is now living in Madison County, (Post Office - Canton) Mississippi with her husband Charles and their 8 months old daughter Mary. This time her name is listed as "Melloner."
By the time of the 1880 Census the family has now moved for the final time to Yalobusha County, Mississippi. Their daughter Mary has died but 2 new children have been added to the family - Walker, age 8, and Sallie, age 6. Walker would be Walker Caldwell Kendrick (1871 - 1944) who is also buried in the Kendrick family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery.
The 1890 Federal Census records were lost due to a fire in Washington, D.C. so the next record we have of this family is the 1900 Federal Census where they are listed in Beat 3 (Water Valley) of Yalobusha County. Charles is now 51, "Mecena" is 54 and Walker, still single, is listed as 28 years old. Charles and Walker both work for the railroad.
Sallie is not listed in the household as she married Joseph E. Goforth. She is buried in Bethel Cemetery.
By the time of the 1910 Federal Census, Mellgina had died the previous year but we find Charles, Walker and Walker's son Fred all in the same household in Water Valley. Charles is listed as being a widower, as is Walker whose first wife was Allie L. Wade Kendrick. Allie died in 1907 and is also in the Kendrick family plot.
When the 1920 Federal Census is taken, Charles has now passed and Walker is now married to Allie's sister Leona. Fred is now 16 and daughter "Alley L." is age 12. They are all living in the same household in Water Valley.
It appears that "Alley L." must have been born in 1907, the same year that her mother died, possibly from childbirth complications. But why was she not listed in the 1910 Census along with her brother Fred? This is why genealogy is not an exact science and is always open to debate!
HOWEVER - This mystery has been solved!. When Allie Wade Kendrick died in 1907, daughter Allie went to live with her Uncles Otis and Willie and Aunt Leona Wade. Evidently Leona and Walker hit it off and are married by the time of the 1920 Census when all of the Kendricks are listed as one (happy) family!
Notes on the (Ancestry.com) 1910 Federal Census - This census is the worst Census ever from a technical standpoint. The images do not digitize well and are open to interpretation. Allie L. Kendrick is improperly transcribed as "Allindo Dendrice."
However if you know that her name is really Allie L. Kendrick you can easily see her correct name as well as the wrong interpretation.
Charles Albert Kendrick (1848 - 1912)
Walker Caldwell Kendrick (1871 - 1944)*
Sallie Elizabeth Kendrick Goforth (1874 - 1932)*
Oak Hill Cemetery
Created by: Donald G. Dalrymple
Record added: Jan 18, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24034270