Innis Family Tree

While I’m here I’m going to have a look for the rest of the family. I had to search for Elizabeth using her birth date and finally found her indexed as Elizabeth Temis. Her last name on the certificate is pretty messy, but we now have the following information:

Elizabeth Innis, born 26 May 1843, TN, died 13 Feb 1930 Whitewright, Grayson, TX, father: John Davis, mother: unknown, informant Mrs. L. H. Taylor, buried Randolph Cemetery.1 A mother would have been nice, but I’ll take a father to start!

Chasing the children proved to both easy and frustrating all at once.

Louisa Christine Shelley, born 10 Sep 1864 KY, died 28 Sep 1929 Bells, Grayson, TX parents T.H. Ennis & Elizabeth Dories, informant J. B. Shelley, buried Randolph Cemetery.2

Tabitha Alice Parrigin, b.15 Apr 1874, Clinton Co. KY, d. 13 Apr 1947 Sherman, Grayson, TX, parents Tom Ennis & Elizabeth Davis, informant Virtel Parigin, buried Whitewright TX.3

John H. Innis, b. 6 Sep 1872, KY, d. 13 Nov 1918 Yowell, Dallas, TX, Father John Innis, KY, informant Mr. J.H. Innis, buried Shiloh Cemetery.4 While this certificate lists a father of John, I’m fairly confident that it is actually the son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth, but until I can check the other John’s this will remain a “highly probable.”

I was looking for Minerva and put in her name as Minerva Innis and found a death certificate for her daughter Tommie Alta Howlett, which listed a father of William Guyam Parrigin.5 I didn’t find Minerva’s record, but when I looked for William G. Parrigin I found him listed as a parent for William H. Parrigin with a mother listed as Catherine Innis, but I found no death certificate for a Catherine Parrigin either.

Looking for Mary T. Innis I found a death certificate for Eula J. Shelley with parents of J. W. Shelley and Mary Innis born in 1885 in Kentucky, but no death certificate for Mary herself.6 I believe J. W. will probably be the brother of the Shelley that Louisa Christina is married to.

In summary you have to be very creative in your searches. Try searching by first name, middle name, initials, and alternate spellings of each of the names. The other thing is to use the advanced search function and try searching the death records by a birth date. Try every field, try every option!

Thank you to all those hard working indexers for FamilySearch!

I’m going back to the census records to look at some of these new names and create family groups. Once I have done that I will come back to the Texas Death Records and search for the spouses and children. Perhaps I will find more clues along the way to help with the missing children. With the names I have I’ll also be checking local cemeteries to try to find more information.

1. Texas, death certificate no. 8220 (13 Feb 1930), Elizabeth [Davis] Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
2. Texas, death certificate no. 44673 (28 Sep 1929), Louise Christine [Innis] Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
3. Texas, death certificate no. 16530 (13 Apr 1947), Tabitha Alice [Ennis] Parrigin; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
4. Texas, death certificate no. 48857 (13 Nov 1918), John H. Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 14 Jan 2010).
5. Texas, death certificate no. 53397 (30 Aug 1965), Tommie Alta [Parrigin] Howlett; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 16 Jan 2010).
6. Texas, death certificate no. 2204 (1953), Eula J. Shelley; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Death, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2010).


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Interestingly enough, I now have more information about the Hawkins family than I do the Moores. This is somewhat surprising because usually the women are harder to find what with the Western tradition of taking a husband’s name.

Locating the census for Martha Hawkins and her 4 children in 18501 firms up the family groups. I can’t prove that some of these people are related, but with the names being traded as middle names between the families, the fact that William Hawkins was dead by 1850 and the match of the family in 1850 to the children who were baptized the day that William died, I propose the following families:

John Hawkins and Lena’s children:

Horace Hawkins
Susanna Hawkins who married Michael Moore
William Provoost Hawkins who married Martha Hawkins (so reads the record — maybe a cousin?)

Michael Moore and Susanna Hawkins’s children:

Horace Hawkins Moore (named after his uncle)
John Jacob Moore (named after his mother’s father)
James Armour Moore
Samuel Armour Moore

William Provoost Hawkins and Martha Hawkins’s children:

Susan Moore Hawkins (named after her aunt’s husband)
John Henry Hawkins
Horace Hawkins
Charles Hawkins

The next step I took was to return to FamilySearch to see if I could find any additional information about John and Lena. Using the advanced search for “John Hawkins” and spouse “Lena” returns a patron ordinance sheet that listed the couple. It states that John Hawkins married Lenah Dusenbury about 1784. She was listed as being “of Harrison, Westchester, New York.”2

A search for Lenah and then a batch search in the record set her information was found in turns up more about the female line (again!).3

Henry Dusenbury married Susannah Ogden. They are consistently listed as “of Harrison, Westchester, New York.” Their children:

Henry Dusenbury b. 1757
Wilmot Dusenbury (female) b. 17 Feb 1759
Lenah Dusenbury b. 5 Aug 1763
Freelove Dusenbury b. 13 Nov 1766
Parthenia Dusenbury b. 19 Sep 1772

1. 1850 U.S. census, Westchester County, New York population schedule, Rye, p. 96B, dwelling 58, family 12, Martha Hawkins household; digital images, ( : accessed 22 Feb 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 615.
2. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS], “International Genealogical Index,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 Feb 2010), North America Region, entry for John Hawkins and Lenah Dusenbury, married abt 1784; citing FHL microfilm 1,553,838 (Patron ordinance submission sheets, 1969-1991), batch no. 5027008.
3. If you are interested in finding each reference, use the batch no. 5027006 or search using the names and dates provided above.


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It’s time to take a short break from Ancestry and I have heard from friends that the Texas Death Certificates are online, so that’s where I’m going to start. If you are not checking out the new records being posted on FamilySearch – now is the time. Once on the site, mouse over Search Records and select Record Search Pilot from the drop down menu. Below the fill in blocks you will see a magnifying glass with Browse our record collection and select it. Click on Canada, USA and Mexico and all the available collections for North America come up. Texas Death Index 1964-1998 with no images or Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 are the two options – I headed for 1890–1976 because I want images.

I put in Thomas Innis and was rewarded with a couple entries. Thomas Ballard’s information is on the first screen when you select it – this includes his parents.1 Selecting the image in the upper right corner was even more rewarding. It is the full death certificate and I also notice that while the Record Details list his father as Thomas W., the actual image sure that looks like an H., and his mother is listed as L.W. Davis, it looks to me like E.N. Since I know from the census records that her name was Elizabeth it becomes pretty easy to see. You can save or print the image for your files.

I went to the second available record and it is for Tom Innis as the father of the deceased female Liva Caldonia Taylor.2 She is born in Kentucky in 1883 and her father is Tom Innis of Kentucky. My best guess based on age is that she is probably the daughter of Thomas H. Innis and is the seventh child that I had previously listed as unknown.

As we have just seen, FamilySearch has indexed the records based on the names of the deceased and on parent’s names. This opens up a lot of research possibilities, so I promptly changed my search to a last name of Innis with no other information and had 105 hits. This includes people with the name McInnis that were indexed with a space between the Mc and Innis. It also included the surname of Dennis. I backed up and added Thomas as a first name and had five. The Tom Innis father of Liva Caldonia Taylor, and also the Thomas W. listed as the father of Thomas B. that we discussed and a Mc Innis. But there is also the record for Thomas H. Innis who is the father of Thomas B.3

This is a report of death by a doctor so it’s not as helpful as a full death certificate, but I can’t complain. His date of death, 8 February 1908, and cause of death is clearly noted and we know where he died and his age in years and dates. Using my favorite Tombstone Birthday Calculator I now know his date of birth was 22 January 1843. Not a bad haul for less than five minutes of work.

1. Texas, death certificate no. 11162 (29 Jun 1910), Thomas Ballard Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
2. Texas, death certificate no. 58736 (22 Oct 1956), Liva Caldonia [Innis] Taylor; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Jan 2010).
3.Texas, Doctor’s Report of Death no. 28537 (8 Feb 1908), Thomas H. Innis; digital image, FamilySearch, “Texas Deaths, 1890-1976,” FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 Dec 2009).


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Whooohoooo – a family member has gotten in touch and is now helping out! Kate (not her real name) is a descendant of Thomas Ballard Innis and Loula Roberts, and lucky for me, a fellow researcher. Kate recently contacted me and is willing to share some of her evidence concerning the family. She has cleared up a few of my questions and I’ll cover those now.

Thomas Ballard Innis and Lula Roberts married on 2 January 1903 in Grayson County, Texas.1 Notice that she spells her name as Lula not Loula.

Also provided was a Certificate of Birth from Texas for Edith Sally Innis, born 2 December 1905.2 This is a record of birth that includes the affidavits attesting to the birth. Grayson County, Texas, did not register births before 1906 so there was no “original” birth certificate. This birth is sworn to by her mother Lula C. Prescott (Lula’s last marriage).

Edith first married Harold W. Perry on 13 April 1924 in Denver, Colorado.3 They divorced within a few years.
Edith next married Dr. Ralph Cowles – they eventually divorced.
Edith’s last marriage was to Royal R. Griffith.

I can’t thank Kate enough for the information she is providing – there will be more to come in future posts. I’m really looking forward to working with her.

1. Grayson, Texas, marriage certificate (2 Jan 1903), T. B. Innis-Lula Roberts; Privately Held.
2. Grayson, Texas, birth certificate no. date of birth 2 Dec 1905 (cert. issued 1957)), Edith Sally Innis.
3. Denver, Colorado, Marriage License, 98016, Harold W. Perry-Edith Innis, Married 13 Apr 1924.


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I’ve worked out a rough migration timeline for the locations based on the census records. There are a lot of family trees up on Ancestry, but I generally avoid them until after I have done my basic research through the census records and other available documents online. I like to see how much I can figure out first, plus I have been misled many times by poor family trees.

Based on the discrepancy in the ages of the Nancy’s on various census records it is probable that John H. Innis actually had two wives named Nancy, one born about 1805 and the other born about 1825. My best guess is the first Nancy died in the 1860s and John remarried before the 1870 census.

1 June 1840 – Roane Co., Tennessee, census,
9 July 1860 – Morgan Co., Tennessee census (Morgan Co. abuts Roane County),
1864 – Clinton Co., Kentucky Louisa C. (daughter of Thomas H.) is born,
25 Jul 1870 – Clinton Co., Kentucky, census
11 Jun 1880 – Clinton Co., Kentucky, census
22 Jun 1900 – Fannin Co., Texas, census

There are other family members on some of the census records which will help clarify siblings and perhaps other lines and I have attached them to the appropriate people, but I’m not going to explore siblings yet. I’m just itching to go look at Texas records. Then I’ll come back and do some work in the sibling lines and maybe look at the online family trees if I get stuck and need a lead!

The spellings I found on the various census records are Innis, Innes, Enos, Enes, Ennick. I’m going to continue to use Innis as the primary spelling in the posts, but all sources will be documented using the spelling on the record.


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Since I was working on Thomas H., I just went ahead and did his parents and filled out the basic sibling list. Based on the 1840,1 1850, 1860, and 1870 census records, the parents and sibling of Thomas H. are:

John Innis, born c.1800-1805, Virginia,
Nancy [Unknown] born c.1800-1805, Virginia – first wife,
Nancy [Unknown] born c. 1822, Kentucky – possible second wife,
John R., c.1824, Tennessee,
James E., c.1826, Tennessee,
Wiley M., c.1833, Tennessee,
Mary B., c. 1835, Tennessee,
Nancy Ann, c. 1841, Tennessee,
Thomas H., Jan 1843, Kentucky,
Emily M., c.1845, Tennessee

I am reasonably convinced in reviewing the records that Thomas H. was most probably born in Roane County like his siblings, but he grew up in Kentucky. It may have been a simple case of identifying himself with where he was from rather than where he was born.

1. 1840 U.S. census, Roane County, Tennessee, p. 77, John Enicks; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 14 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M704, roll 535.


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I need to hunt down the family of Thomas Ballard Innis and see if I can fill in the family tree a bit. While I’m anxious to go look for materials in Texas, I know it will be best to do my basic homework first. It is much easier when you are looking at records if you come at it with the family group reasonably intact. This way when you see a record for someone with the same last name you can hopefully place it in context. Just doing direct line searches can get you in trouble if you are dealing in common names – so it’s back to Ancestry.

The first record that stands out is the Texas Death Index for Thomas Ballard Innis dated 29 Jun 1910.1 Well that answered that question! Thomas B. died the month after the 1910 census. I looked at the original image and jotted down notes about the other names on the record.

Going backward, the 1900 census is prior to his marriage and he is residing with his parents. The census lists:2

Thomas H. Innis born Jan 1843, from Kentucky, but both parents are from Virginia,
Elizabeth Innis, May 1843, 7 children born and 7 still living, she is from Tennessee,
Thomas B. Innis Sep 1879.

The 1880 census of Albany, Clinton County, Kentucky, shows:3

Thomas Innis, age 37
Elizabeth Innis, 37
M.C. Innis, 14, daughter
Mary T. Innis, 11, daughter
John H. Innis, 8, son
T.A. Innis, 6, son
Thomas B. Innis, 8m, son
John B. Innis, 19, nephew

This is currently the earliest record for Thomas B. so I’ll just chase his father Thomas H. back since I am here. After looking at the census records for 1850,4 18605 and 18706 for Thomas H. Innis I think I have a pretty fair picture of Thomas H.’s family. Based on the census records the Thomas H. Innis family consists of:

Thomas H. Innis, born Jan 1843, Kentucky,
Elizabeth [Unknown] born May 1843, Tennessee,
Louisa C., c.1864, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Manerva C., c.1866, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Mary T., c.1857, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
John H., c.1872, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Tabitha A., c.1874, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Thomas B., Sep 1879, Clinton Co., Kentucky,
Unknown Child – this is based on the 1900 census in which Elizabeth is listed with 7 children, but only six living.

1. “Texas Death Index, 1903-2000,” database, Ancestry ( : accessed 11 Jan 2010), Thomas Ballard Innis, 29 Jun 1910, Fannin, Cert #11162
2. 1900 U.S. census, Fannin County, Texas, population schedule, Savoy Town, enumeration district (ED) 65, p. 10A, dwelling 157, family 159, Thomas B. Innis; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T623, roll 1633.
3. 1880 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky population schedule, Albany, enumeration district (ED) 27, p. 580, dwelling 136, family 164, Thomas B. Innis; digital images, Ancestry (httop:// : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm T9, roll 410
4. 1870 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky population schedule, District 4, p. 305A, dwelling 58, family 56, Thos Enes; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M593, roll 457.
5. 1860 U.S. census, Clinton County, Kentucky, population schedule, District 6, p. 504, dwelling 433, family 435, Thomas Enos; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll 1266.
6. 1850 U.S. census, Roane County, Tennessee, population schedule, Subdivision 20, p. 426B, dwelling 1487, family 1538, John Enos; digital images, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 893.


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I was leaving my Colorado research for awhile when I went back and read through the COGenBlog that I mentioned in one of my previous posts. That blog reminded me that I needed to search the Colorado State Archives and I eventually wound up at the Colorado Historical Records Index. There are divorce cases posted for Colorado from the 1870s to 1939 from a variety of counties. I selected Start Your Search, typed in the name Gattis and selected Court as the record type. Just for giggles I tried divorce and got no results, but under Court there were four entries for divorce action – one for Lula C. Gattis, and three for Oscar C. Gattis all from 1921. You may select the records and inquire for the fees, but I’m not going to be requesting any records. Even with the wrong middle initials, I am fairly comfortable that these are my folks.

Well I think between this and the possible death dates found on familysearch my earlier theory that Oscar has died by 1920 should be set aside – it’s hard to be a party in a divorce action if you’re dead! So Lula’s use of the title widow was not accurate as applied to her Gattis surname. Hhhhhmmmmmm!

I tried all the other categories, but had no other hits for either the Gattis or Innis name. The search will pull up anything close in spelling – when I searched for Innis it pulled up Ninnis, Dennis, and McMinnis so exact searches may not be required.

Sadly, I found little online in Colorado that resulted in concrete sources. Even Ancestry’s huge records collection seems limited in this state. The only items on Ancestry specific to Colorado are the 1885 Colorado State Census, the rather limited Colorado Marriages from 1859-1900, and the newspapers are limited in area. When you go to the old search and pull up the records by state, with the exception of the items mentioned, they appear to be all national or general records. There simply are not enough state or county records to do you much good. Considering that Denver was a major city on several migration routes it’s a pretty poor compilation of records.


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Now that I have the names of James Armour Moore’s parents, will I be able to go back another generation? Finding the marriage record of the couple was not hard. It was also indexed for the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record. An advanced search of for a Michael Moore with a spouse Susan who married about 1820 returns a marriage for “Michal” Moore to Susannah Hawkins on 10 Feb 1820 at Christ’s Church in Rye.1

This explains where Horace’s middle name came from and illustrates the fact that it it always a possibility that a couple will give a child a family surname as a middle name. If it hadn’t been so easy, I’d have likely checked both the name Hawkins and the name Armour as a possible last name for Susan.

The IGI also turns up a slew of Hawkinses in the same series of Christ’s Church records. I confirmed the information from the scans of the NYGBR at BYU.2 The names tell me I’m on the right track — Horace Hawkinses and Susan Moore Hawkinses.

John Hawkins and Lena
Horace c. 12 Aug 1792
Susanna c. 20 Mar 1793 (infant)

John Hawkins and Prudence
Dorothy c. 20 Mar 1793

Elizabeth Hawkins c. 20 Mar 1793 (witnesses were John and Prudence so Elizabeth could have been an adult)

John Hawkins
William Provoost c. 29 May 1803

William Hawkins and Martha Hawkins (m. 9 Nov 1822, Martha was baptised with her first daughter)
Susan Moore c. 1 Feb 1824
John Henry c. 22 Dec 1834 at age 10
Horace c. 22 Dec 1834 at age 7
Charles c. 22 Dec 1834 at age 5
Elizabeth c. 25 Feb 1849 (of the City of New York — baptism was witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. Read Peck. The couple also witnessed John Henry’s, Horace’s, and Charles’s 1834 baptism, which had been held at the home of John Hawkins.)
Deborah c. 3 Mar 1850 (of the City of New York — which likely also ties her to Elizabeth and therefore Wm and Martha.)

15 Aug 1833 — Lana Hawkins, wife of John Hawkins of Sawpitt, aged 70 yrs.
22 Dec 1834 — William Hawkins of Rye, aged 30 years
4 Jun 1844 — Tuesday, buried at Port Chester, John Hawkins, aged 81 years & 4 mo.
7 May 1846 — Thurday, buried at Port Chester, Mary Hawkins of New York, aged 35 Years.
13 May 1850 — Monday, buried at Port Chester, Dorothy Hawkins, aged 69 years.
6 Dec 1851 — Saturday, at Port Chester, buried Elizabeth Hawkins, aged 75 years.

1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [LDS], “International Genealogical Index,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Jan 2010), North America Region, entry for “Michal” Moore and Susannah Hawkins, married 10 Feb 1820, Rye, Westchester County, New York; citing FHL microfilm 0,962,875 (The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record), batch no. C510161.
2. Specific citations upon request.


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Let me just add a short note here about the use of checklists. Checklists are one of those things that work for some people and don’t for others. Arwen has one of those organized brains and I doubt her list (if she even has one) is anything like mine. I like to think I’m organized, but the simple truth is that I’m often just following a trail and not doing so in an organized manner. While this makes me a decent genealogist – it can also make me a lousy genealogist.

Following the trail of a family is a little bit like being in a large maze. The trick is to follow the trail wherever it takes you, but when you hit a wall you need to back up and look for a new trail. To do that you have to look at everything around you, and leave a trail of bread crumbs so you can get back to where you began. A lot of family lines that you explore are going to be like those blind alleys in a maze.

Checklists are a lot like any organizational tool. Not everyone works in the same way and you should do what works for you. I generally only use mine when I’m stuck, and I’m going back to review my work. As we noticed in the earlier post I should probably use one more often.

Create your own checklist by making a list of the things you should check every time. Such as the census records for the lifespan of the person you are working on. Not just the federal census records, but also the state census records. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Mine is literally a list that says:
State Census
Family Trees
Message Boards
Family Trees

Family Search:
Ancestral Files

Then I list all the other things that I routinely look at when I’m stuck. Make your own and then use it. Otherwise, Arwen will likely be pointing out the obvious thing you missed in your research.