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David Jackson McGuire

David Jackson McGuire was my husband's ggg-grandfather. All we really know about him is that according to the census records he was born sometime between 1818 and 1823 in Georgia. I have been unable to locate him anywhere until 16 Dec 1847 where he is found in the Cass County (Texas) Marriage Books (married Amanda Katherine Stephenson). He can be found in an agricultural census and a federal census in 1850 (again present in Cass County). In 1860 the family has moved on to Montague County and in 1870 they are in Grayson County. David is indexed as a blacksmith. He cannot be found in any record after 1870. In 1880, David's wife Amanda is alone with the children, and it is presumed that he has died. Who is he? Where did he come from? Who are his parents?
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Harriet Emeline McGuire Curbow

Harriet Emeline (Emma) McGuire Curbow was my husband's great-great grandmother. She was born in Cass County, Texas in September of 1854 - one of the daughters of David Jackson McGuire and Amanda Katherine Stephenson. She married Oliver Perry Curbow in February of 1871. The couple spent most of their lives in various north Texas counties. Oliver died in Denison in 1921 at which time Harriet moved to Caddo County, Oklahoma to be nearer to her youngest daughter, Taudia and her brother, Robert McGuire. In September of 1931 Harriet filed a Widow's Application for a Pension with the State of Oklahoma based on her husband's service in the Civil War (which by the way was denied, as he did not serve). After this Harriet disappears. We do not know where or when she died or where she is laid to rest. She is not listed in any cemetery or funeral records that I could find in Caddo County for the years 1931-1934. Any help on Oklahoma genealogy - and specifically Harriet McGuire and her McGuire family would be greatly appreciated.
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Ida Bell Howard and Mr. Gagnon

Who was he?! Charles Franklin Curbow and Ida Bell Howard divorced 28 Oct. 1926 in Denton County, Texas. In the 1930 census Ida cannot be found. By 21 August 1939 she is in Coolidge, Maricopa County, Arizona, where she fills out her Social Security Card Application with the name Ida Gagnon. (Ida had a sister living in Coolidge.) Her headstone reads Ida B. Gannon (Curbow). We have not one clue as to who this Mr. Gagnon could have been. It is thought that the marriage did not last very long. If anyone out there is researching "Gagnon" and has any ideas about who this could be - I'd love to hear from you!
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William Davis Curbow

Oldest son of Oliver Perry Curbow and Harriet Emeline McGuire - born 1873 in Denton County, Texas. Married first Arizona Evans - she died shortly after the marriage. He married second Laura Alice Housden Stewart. They had one daughter together Mattie J. Curbow born about 1906. Laura had a daughter from a previous marriage - Ollie Stewart. I have no information on what happened to William, Laura, Ollie or Mattie after the 1910 census where they are in Hunt County, Texas. Laura apparently remarried because she is buried in Bellevue Cemetery as "L.A. Pope." I cannot locate William in the 1920 or 1930 census.
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Carl Henrick Persow

My great grandmother Sarah Elsie Gardner divorced my great grandfather George Francis Spencer sometime between 1910 and 1920. In the 1920 census I can find Sarah living in Enumeration District No. 17 - Mammoth City, Juab County, Utah with a man by the name of Carl Henrick Persow (often misindexed as Person). I have been unable to locate a marriage record, so it is unknown whether they ever officially married. Sarah died a short five years later in 1925 in Redlands, San Bernadino County, California, and her tombstone has the name Spencer engraved on it. The 1920 census and his World War I Draft Registration Card are the only two records I can find on this man. What I know: He was born Nov. 16, 1878 in Sweden. He immigrated from Sweden to the United States in 1905. As of Sept. 1917 he was employed by the Mammoth Mining Company as an ore miner in Juab County, Utah. I would like to obtain more information on this man. Do you know him?
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 Mystery Photos

Pearl Eva Spencer Montoya and Unidentified Women

This is the one and only photograph that my father had of his mother. She died in 1949 in a car accident when he was still a teenager. So the photograph was taken prior to 1949 in either Utah or New Mexico. Pearl is on the far left. The other two women remain unidentified. Do you know who they are?
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Rickman/Ham - Children ?

This photograph is from the photo album of Allie Ham Curbow of Brownwood, Texas. The photograph is labeled "Pat Rickman." It is not dated. Are these children connected to Andrew Archibald Rickman and wife Maud Ham?
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Jemima Clementine Rawls Kennedy Thomason

Is this a very young Jemima Clementine Rawls? Compare to older photos of her and let me know what you think.
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