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Monday, October 29, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #81

I hadn't learned of Porter Wagoner's death before Drew Smith sent me this challenge. Even if you've never heard of Porter, you've probably heard the song Dolly Parton wrote for him many, many times.

What was the full name (first, middle, and maiden name) of his paternal grandmother?

NevadaGenealogist

Porter's parents listed as:
Charles E. Wagoner & Bertha May Bridges
Porter Wayne Wagoner born August 12, 1930, in South Fork, MO
http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608001265/Porter-Wagoner.html

From the 1900 Fulton Co. Ark census
Charles E. the son of
John W. & Susan E Wagoner

From the Missouri Archives - Death certificte:
Susan Ellen Allen (Wagoner)
listed as the widowed wife of John W. Wagoner
born 24 Dec 1866
died 11 Feb 1945 in Howell Co. MO

In the 1930 census John W & Ellen were living near Charles E & Bertha with son Porter Wagoner.

deb

Paternal grandmother:
Susan Ellen Allen

I suspected that Susan was the grandmother of Porter Wagoner, as she and husband John Wagner lived a couple of farms down from Porter's family in the 1930 census, but I had to connect Porter's dad, Charles Wagner to the family of John and Susan.

I found the death certificate of Susan Wagoner in the Missouri index. It showed her father's last name as Allen and her mother as Sarah Hill.

I also needed to make sure that Susan was the mother of Charles, and not a second wife.

I followed the family through each census and finally to Arkansas in 1900 where Charles was part of the family and a mother-in-law, Sarah Fuller was living with the family. Sarah must have remarried after the death of Larkin Allen.

If anyone wants links, I can send them.

Debbie

Chris

Yup, I too believe it was Susan Ellen Allen. According to the IGI Susan's mother married William Fuller shortly after the 1880 census was taken.

Thanks for the challenge, Drew!

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