AL AL - Louise Walker Sanders, 20s?, Tuscaloosa, late 1930s

Discussion in 'Pre-1960's Missing' started by Coffee56, Jan 12, 2019.

  1. Coffee56

    Coffee56 Well-Known Member

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    I can’t seem to find any additional info on whether Louise was found and no other info to confirm she is still missing. I’m not sure if she was ever reported missing but she seemed like someone who may have fallen through the cracks.

    Louise moved from her home to Birmingham where she married. In the late 30s she left for a visit with family in Chicago. She never returned. In 1971 her husband died and there wass an estate to settle. According to the article she was tracked to Tuscaloosa.

    I have lots of questions after reading the article. Did she ever even leave? Did she visit her family? What led them to believe she was in Tuscaloosa?

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  2. StarrChance

    StarrChance Well-Known Member

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    Hi Coffee56, I have found it very very difficult to find records for her, a middle initial could make a difference. The one strange discrepancy I found was in the marriage certificate James Sanders said he was 21 (born 1914)

    Name: James Sanders
    Gender: Male
    Age: 21
    Birth Date: abt 1914
    Marriage Date: 3 Oct 1935
    Marriage Place: Jefferson, Alabama, USA
    Spouse: Louise Walker
    Film Number: 002407746

    Death certificate states born in 1916
    Name: James Sanders
    Birth Date: 11 Jul 1916
    Death Date: 5 Nov 1971
    Gender: Male
    Residence: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan
    Place of Death: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan

    The marriage certificate isn’t a typo as the original certificate is there with his writing/signature
    One scenario I can think of is if possibly Louise was underage and they both put up their ages?
  3. NYCGenealogist

    NYCGenealogist New Member

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    So I pulled the probate file for James Sanders's estate from the Wayne Co surrogates court archive. It looks like his mother ended up becoming the administrator for the estate and the probate case was closed March 5, 1974 without tracking down Louise.

    That article was incorrect, by the way- you can close an estate without tracking down a potential heir if the heir is given enough time to present themselves in court and due diligence is done in searching for them.

    And @StarrChance- incorrect birth dates on records for the era are SUPER common. I typically say until around 1945, nothing is going to be consistent. Men especially tend to age themselves up to seem more mature. I have a 1930 census record consistent with the details in the long form marriage record (mother's name was Leola) that indicates that she was 14 in 1930- so 19 in 1935 would make sense. He was just making himself look older.
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