Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Mystery Normans and Source Citations – Part 4

The entries for Peak Cemetery on Findagrave had previously provided me with a lot of information on the Normans and the families related to them by marriage: who was married to whom, which children belonged to which parents, and so forth. Although we have to be careful with transcriptions such as those found on Findagrave, many of the transcriptions were accompanied by pictures of the tombstones. And I needed information on what ties my Mystery Normans had to other families in the community.

The Puzzle Piece

When I did a surname search on “Cotton” in Peak Cemetery, three names came up:

Aunt Jane Cotton, 1857-1933 (this was the Jane Norman I was interested in)

Eliza Ann Powell Moore Cotton , daughter of Poly N. Dunn and Joseph Powell, wife of Zera (Zura) Lucerne Cotton, Jan. 28, 1857-Jan. 18, 1927

Zera Lucerne Cotton , May 9, 1834-Sep. 4, 1905

I then did a search on “Moore” and found this entry:

Tom Peat Moore, Aunt Jane’s son, age 67 years, Death: Nov. 18, 1951 (the age and date of death seem to have been an addition to the information on the gravestone).

Hmm; Zera died at the right time to have left Jane Norman Cotton a widow, but it appeared that Eliza Ann Powell Moore was Zera's wife. (There’s that Moore connection again, and the Powells were a family with quite a few marriages into the Norman family.) Jane had married a Cotton after the 1900 census and was widowed before the 1910 census, so I wanted to either confirm or rule out Zera. Perhaps he had a brother. I needed to have more information on Zera Cotton, and he had a nice, distinctive name, so … time to hit Google.

The Sources

Findagrave.com, Peak Cemetery, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Cotton&GSiman=1&GScid=669303&GRid=5665467&), accessed 17 February 2010, photograph, gravestone for Aunt Jane Cotton (1857-1933), Garland, Arkansas.

Findagrave.com, Peak Cemetery, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Cotton&GSiman=1&GScid=669303&GRid=5706860&), accessed 17 February 2010, photograph, gravestone for Eliza Ann Powell Moore Cotton (Jan. 28, 1857-Jan. 18, 1927), Garland, Arkansas.

Findagrave.com, Peak Cemetery, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Cotton&GSiman=1&GScid=669303&GRid=5698234&), accessed 17 February 2010, photograph, gravestone for Zera Lucerne Cotton (May 9, 1834-Sep. 4, 1905), Garland, Arkansas.

Findagrave.com , Peak Cemetery, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Moore&GSiman=1&GSsr=41&GScid=669303&GRid=5713657&), accessed 17 February 2010, photograph, gravestone for Tom Peat Moore (d. Nov. 18, 1951), Garland, Arkansas.

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