Could you please give us the approximate birth years of these individuals and the places that you have found them living?
okay i did some digging these are they names the mother who is my great great great grandmother is mary windom her kids romelle windom it saids she was born about 1906 female which is my great great grandmother and then my great great aunts are precious windom 1born 1907 ossie windom born about june 22,1910 they had a brother name elgie windom born 1915 and the baby girl jula also went by zula windom born 1918
they were all born and from georgia cordele i think its said culpepper road there two father listed as sam and then james windom it also states they were half siblings so im thinking maybe they had diff fathers they was only one darkskinned child which was the only boy all they girls was light skin as far as what i heard so im thinking something is up because mary lou windom my grandmother great grandmother was very dark complected i never seen a photo of sam but they girls looked almost white so it kinda saddens me to find this out but it does open more questions to my race.
This family seems to be very elusive, since I was only able to find them in one US census (1920 the one that you found). I think that the child listed as Romelle in that census might actually be Rose. Looking at the marriage and death records of some of the children, Mary Lou's maiden name was Hill. I did find the marriage record of Samuel Windom and Mary Lou Hill. Samuel's surname is spelled different ways in various records (Windom, Winden, Windham).
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This is the 1920 Census that Susannah mentioned.
Second marriage of Zula Mary Windom-1960
marriage of Ossie Windom-1947
marriage of Elzie (Elgie)Windom-1947
Death Certificate of Ossie Windom-1986-husband Wadell Steward-niece is informant-Joeann Cornish
Death Certificate for daughter of Sam and Mary Windom named Johnnie Wallace-1936
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