While transcribing 1930 census records for the 50 households surrounding James A. Hemphill, I found two households headed by his relatives. I wasn’t surprised to find them, because I knew where their houses were in relation to my great-grandparents, but it was nice how the census work came together and saved me from searching specifically for these two families.
J. A. Hemphill, my great-grandfather, and his wife and three youngest sons appeared in Murray County in the Ball Ground district on page 1 A1. Two pages and seventeen households away lived Mattie Hemphill, J. A.’s sister-in-law, the wife of his half-brother, Thomas M. Hemphill2. In Mattie’s household was her daughter, Beatrice, whom I’ve always heard called “Aunt Bat.” Next door was Mattie’s son, Ed and his family3.
- 1930 U. S. Census, Murray County, population schedule, Ball Ground Militia District 825, enumeration district (ED) 4, sheet 1-A, dwelling 2, family 2, James A. Hemphill household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 23 December 2008); National Archives and Records and Administration microfilm publication T626, roll 377. ↩
- 1930 U. S. Census, Murray County, population schedule, Ball Ground Militia District 825, ED 107-4, sheet 2-A, dwelling 19, family 19, Mattie Hemphill household. ↩
- 1930 U. S. Census, Murray County, population schedule, Ball Ground Militia District 825, ED 107-4, sheet 2-A, dwelling 20, family 20, Ed Hemphill household. ↩