In 1940, four of the Jollett siblings were noticeably missing. Of course, William Isaac was last enumerated in 1900 because he died quite young, so I didn’t expect to see him. But the other three …? The oldest and youngest brothers Burton Lewis and Ulysses Finks had only recently passed away, Burton in 1934 and Ulysses in 1931. Their beloved sister Leanna died in 1936.
But what of their spouses? Both of Burton Lewis’s wives were long gone, so there’s nothing left to say there.
|Sadie and Ulysses Jollett|
Ulysses’ widow Sadie is a puzzle. I have been unable to find her in 1940. She was living in Baltimore, Maryland during the 1930 census, and she was there when my great grand uncle died in 1931. It’s reasonable to assume she either stayed there or returned to Virginia to be closer to family. However, the only Jolletts in Maryland were the family members of Clarence Jollett, son of Burton Lewis Jollett, and John Jollett, son of John Wesley Jollett. No Sadie there.
I thought maybe Sadie could be living with her daughter Vessie Steppe in King George County, Virginia, but no. No Sadie there.
I even tracked down Sadie’s brothers and sisters thinking surely she would be close to them in Greene County, Virginia, but no. No Sadie with any of them.
I’m left to assume that her name has been misspelled or transcribed incorrectly, possibly both. Her parents didn’t make it easy for us. Her name: Sadie Janiera Lamb Jollett. Sadie is not the problem. But Janiera! Her tombstone even says Janeiro S. In one document she is referred to as “Jenniey.” Sometimes she’s Lam and other times LamB. Jollett or Jollette. Perhaps Jolliett.
I know she must be in the census somewhere because she didn’t die until 1961, according to her tombstone.
Next week: Mitchell Knight, widower of Leanna Jollett Knight