Today I again went over the task of going line by line on the 1870 and 1880 census for Harrison County Texas. I think if I don't do this at least once every three or four months I will lose my own personal Guiness record in searching for Mariah Taylor and her son Joseph in the same household.
I was told by more than one person to look outside the box for her. I know that all the information that I have all say she only had one son. The 1900 census and the 1910 census state that. Oral history has also stated that Mariah only had one son. But....I went ahead and looked at all the Mariah's/Maria's and followed them the best I could. I elimated all the ones that I found in and around Marshall. I even looked in Gregg and Panola Counties as well as Caddo Parish in Louisiana. Either all the census records show that both Mariah and/or Joseph was to young or to old.
I cruised Family Search for a Death Certificate and found none. I guess the next stop would be Footnote. Mabe just mabe they may have picked up a missing one from somewhere.