My Elusive Grandmother

I have a few ancestors who are easily found in one census but can’t be found in any others with any certainty.

For example, my grandmother, Eunice Sarah Franklin is listed in the 1940 census with her husband and daughters.

Name:

Eunice S Holland

Respondent:

Yes

Age:

26

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1914

Gender:

Female

Race:

Negro (Black)

Birthplace:

Texas

Marital Status:

Married

Relation to Head of House:

Wife

Home in 1940:

Galveston, Galveston, Texas

Map of Home in 1940:

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Street:

Ave O 1/2

House Number:

4112

Inferred Residence in 1935:

Galveston, Galveston, Texas

Residence in 1935:

Same Place

Resident on farm in 1935:

No

Sheet Number:

15B

Attended School or College:

No

Highest Grade Completed:

High School, 4th year

Weeks Worked in 1939:

0

Income:

0

Income Other Sources:

No

Neighbors:

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Household Members:

 

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Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Galveston, Galveston, Texas; Roll: T627_4038; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 84-32.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

There’s a census from 1930 that list a Eunice Franklin in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.  She’s listed as a niece, but neither the head of household or the wife list their parents as having been born in Tennessee (Father) or Louisiana (Mother) where Eunice’s parents were born. So is this MY Eunice Franklin?

I checked the 1920 census on both Ancestry and Family Search and I came up empty.

I used Family Search to try and locate a birth certificate; I used just the last name of Franklin, years of birth 1913-1915 and just the state of Texas as my parameters. 2,467 records later and I came up empty yet again!

There is a birth record for her sister Bernice Franklin, who is the oldest but not for Eunice. But then I can’t find Bernice until 1934 listed in a city directory and then not until her death in 1987.

Where are these women?

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