Since I can go no further on the Lee side, I will go to Claude Mitchell’s maternal side and that would be the Goddard branch.
There are some on Ancestry that believe that Eliza married a Marney. I can understand it because there is an Eliza that married a Marney. And she is the cousin to my great grandmother Eliza and her father is Wiley Goddard. The name she goes by is Lydia. Lydia was born July 22 1862 who married John H Marney. Her father Wiley is living next door in 1880. Eliza G on the other hand was born on November 28 1859, a three year differences in age. When I saw this understandable mistake on Ancestry, I concentrated on Eliza to find the truth ▬just in case I was wrong.
So what I am going to do today is try to show the differences between the two Eliza’s.
Eliza G Goddard. Father, James A Goddard and mother, Martha Harrison Margrave. She was born on November 28 1859. in the 1860 census she was only seven months old. Wiley, in the same census, is living next to them and he and his young wife have yet to have any children.
Now it’s been almost eleven years in 1870 since Eliza G was born. The 1870 census was taken in August 8 so her birthday had not arrived yet making her still ten. Remember she was only 7 months in 1860 census. Wiley is no longer next to them in this census, so he or they must have moved.
On Feb 19 1879, Eliza married a miller by the name of Joseph A Mitchell. How they met? I don’t know. He was from Grainger county. Maybe a job? A year later in, Feb of 1880, Eliza gave birth to her firstborn son, James A Peris Mitchell. In that same year’s census they were living in the 16th Civil District▬ somewhere near where the future city of Harriman would be built around 1891▬ and James was four months old.
The land sale for this new town was sold in 1890, so I am assuming Harriman City wasn’t formed until a year or so later. Below is a snip of her marriage to Joseph and the 1880 census.
Paris (Lillian Lou Mattie) 16
Charley (Charles Ottis) 14
Willie (William) 10
Elsie (Elise Gray) 9
Claude (My grandfather) 4
James left home. He was 20 then and living on his own. A month after this census, he married Ida B Johnson.
Soon after this census, a few days, months or maybe a year or two, Eliza lost Joseph in death. I have never found how he died or where he is buried. But I believe he died from a possible Smallpox outbreak that hit Harriman and Rockwood in around early 1900. That is just a theory. He could have died from an accident at work. He was working as a Brick Mason.
I wonder if Lillian was dating Andrew J Snow ▬her soon to be husband in 1901▬ in 1900 because in July 1900, Andrew co-signed a Marriage bond for James A P, her brother. I wonder if Joseph had already died? .
In 1906, Elsie, her daughter married Henry Wester, a Postal carrier for Oakdale TN. I am not sure if they had two or three sons. They are Harry and Marvin. In Henry’s obit in 1919 it states he leaves behind three children. I know that Elsie had another son, Spencer. Henry and Elsie were divorced and she married Edwin Lee. They both died in the 1960s and they were still together. She was only 15 when she married Henry. I hope she found love and happiness with Edwin.
Three years after Elsie’s first marriage, Bonnie, Eliza’s youngest daughter, soon married Howard Householder. I don’t know what became of her.
I cannot forget her other sons. Edward married Ellen M Hill in 1903 and Charles Ottis married Nora L Davis in the same year as Elsie. All her chicks seem to be flying the coup.
By the time that 1910 Census rolled around she had only two left at home. William and Claude. William was working as a painter. Edward was living close by. Sadly, two years later she loses William at the age of 23. Death record for William.
September 10, 1919, Eliza joins her husband in death. Eliza’s death record. She is buried in an unmarked grave in the Goddard Family Cemetery in Swan Pond. This is in the Mid-Town area. A Roane county Historian, believes that her husband may be buried there as well in an unmarked grave. She has buried near her two sons, Charles Ottis and Claude.
As you can see in the death record, her parents are James Goddard and Martha Margraves.
ELIZA “Lidia” GODDARD
Now I will compare the cousins so that no stone is left uncovered, in a matter of speaking.
She was born July 22 1862 to parents Wiley G Goddard and Mary Weatherford. They lived in the 16th Civil District the same as Eliza G. and in the 1870 Census she is listed as Eliza. In the 1880 census she is listed as Eliza C and they are living in the 1st district.
A few years later in 1883, Eliza C married John Henry Marney. Here is the marriage record. In 1900 census she is known as Lydia. In 1910 census she is Lydia Goddard Marney. In the 1920 census she is back to Eliza ( Elisa ). And in the last census she was in, the 1930 census, she is back to Lydia.
Her husband died in 1936 and three years later she follows him. In the Death record you will see that her father is Wiley and Mary. Not James and Martha.
I hope this has shown clearly that there is no mistake that Eliza G Goddard married Joseph A Mitchell and not John H Marney.
If anyone has trouble seeing the records that I provided a link to, then leave me a message and I will post or send the record to you if you leave an email address to be contacted by.