Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

Julia Mae Blunt

Julia Mae Blunt is sibling number three of the lost children of Mary Lavenia and W. G. Blunt. I have been working to find these four lost children of my grandmother and her first husband. The Blunt children have been on my mind frequently while I have been researching mother’s Coon siblings. I have often wondered what happened to the Blunt children after their mother Mary Lavenia died after 1920 but before 1930. There were four surviving Blunt children; Joe, Jr., Luther, Julia Mae, and Mamie. The three youngest Blunt children died in infancy.

Julia Mae Blunt was the oldest daughter of Mary Lavenia and W. G. Blunt. She is listed on the 1910 District 7, Beat 3, Lincoln County, Mississippi Census living with her step-father Clifton Coon, Mary L., her siblings Luther, Roan (half-brother), Mamie, and Morris Clifton and Mary’s oldest son. Julia was five years old on that census. Next, Julia is on the District 92, Ruth, Lincoln County, Mississippi Census living with Venie, her mother, Luther, Mamie, her siblings; Morris C., Essie, Janie, Alma, George, her half siblings; and Rowan Coon, her half-brother. Julia is sixteen years old on this census. Julia is now a teenager and in about four years her world will change forever. She isn’t aware of what will happen in just about four years. Nor are the other family members. 

Listed as head of the house on the 1920 census is Venie the mother of the children, so Clifton is missing from his place in the family. Where is he? What is he doing? While researching the Blunt family, I now have other questions about the family, and further research is need and will be another project for the future.  But, for now what about Julia Mae?

Julia Mae Blunt left Mississippi after the death of her mother and settled in Chicot County, Arkansas. I am working to find out why she went to Chicot County area, rather than going with her step-father, sister Mamie, her husband Edd and their children, her half siblings, and other relatives who went to West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. There possibly were relatives living in the Chicot County area for her to go there; and then later she married in Chicot County; however, after searching the 1930  Chicot County, Arkansas census there were no names that were familiar to me. So, the mystery deepens as to why she migrated to Chicot County, rather than West Carroll Parish with her family. 

Julia Mae Blount and John Henry Hunt married 29 Aug 1928 in Eudora, Chicot County, Arkansas. There are no familiar witness names on the record. John Henry Hunt's parents and their children were living in Travis County, Texas in 1920  and by 1930 they are living in Chicot County, Arkansas.
Marriage Record for Jno H. Hunt and Julia Mae Blount
Julia and John had six children, Charlie, Ernestine, Margie Lee, Alton Ray, Annie Louise, and Dortha Faye. I found Aunt Julia, mother’s half sibling, and her family and some of my questions have been answered, but there are several more that have come up since I found Aunt Julia and her family.  It has taken me about five years to find Aunt Julia and her family. It was worth the time and energy that it took to continue looking for her, even though it looked like it was impossible to find her. This has been a long laborious venture; however, I am happy that I didn't give up.  Joe, Jr., Luther, and Julia Mae Blunt now have their place in my family tree along with their other family members, 

Aunt Julia died in Seminole, Lea County, Texas. I was surprised to find her that far away from Lake Providence in East Carroll Parish. There are several years missing since the last time that I saw Aunt Julia and her family. I was about twelve years old the last time that I saw them, and they were living in Lake Providence. When I was growing up, our families would get together and have a fish fry. When Aunt Julia’s church had a revival we would go to the revival with her family and her sister Mamie and her family. Those were happy times with aunts and cousins. 

Texas Death Certificate
Julia Mae Blount Hunt died 21 May 1961. She is interred in Prairie Haven Memorial Park Cemetery, Hobbs Lea County, New Mexico. 

Created by: Carolyn Mackey-Byrum
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39682795

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