Monday, November 05, 2007

Genealogue Challenge #87

Debbie Atchley sent in this challenge. Thanks, Deb!

Jerry Lee Lewis is being honored all this week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during their 12th annual "Music Master Series"

List all the siblings of Jerry Lee Lewis' father.


I think I'm missing at least one sibling.
From the 1900, 1910 & 1920 LA censuses:
Children of Lee & Arilla Lewis
Mabel b. 1888
Leon b. 1889
Carrie b. 1890
Ada b. 1892
Eva b. 1894
Irene b. 1899
Jane b. 1892
John b. 1892
Elmo b. 1897
Robert J. b. 1901
I believe there were at least 11 children since the 1910 listed that Arilla had 10 children with 10 yet living. This was before Robert was born in 1901.

Drew Smith

Jerry Lee Lewis' father was named "Elmo", and was born in Louisiana around 1908 (according to the 1930 census, where he appears with Jerry Lee Lewis' mother, Mamie).

In the 1910 census it says that Elmo's mother has had 10 children, with 10 living. In the household are Elmo and 7 of his 9 older siblings: Carrie, Ada, Eva, Irene, Jane, John, and Molly

In the 1920 census, we also find his younger brother, Robert J.

The two children who had already left the household in 1910 can be found in the 1900 census: Mabel and Leon


Deb and I found these 10 siblings as well.

Ada married Willie Henry Swaggart. Their son Willie Leon married a sister of Elmo's wife, and they were the parents of disgraced televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, who was Jerry Lee's first cousin and also his first cousin once removed.

Elmo's sister Irene married Arthur Gilley, and had son Mickey.

Here are the three famous cousins in seventh grade.

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