I know it has only been a couple of days since I posted about “The Elusive Martin Isaic Spangler” but I believe that the post has helped me to make somewhat of a breakthrough. This post will give you an update on what I have found. I really, honestly had given up on Martin because it seemed impossible to find any help with him!
Tonight, actually this morning, between 3 AM and 6 AM I discovered a few things by doing a little reverse searching. You see, I had been looking for the birth records of all of Martin’s children and had no luck. I had also tried searching the Texas Birth Index on Ancestry.com by using the names of his children as the parent but had had no luck. I guess it could be because his children had such normal sounding names. His boys were Henry, John, James, Carl and Lawrence. I thought for sure Lawrence would be one I could find but no luck. His daughters weren’t as normal sounding names but there were quite a few results and I didn’t have anything to lock down for sure that I had a good record. His daughters’ names were Nancy, Ella, Dora and Eva.
Well, I decided that I would try something different. I had no idea of any spouses for Martin’s children except for Ella. My cousin had wrote down that Ella had married an Oliver Ferguson and so I decided to see what I could find with that. I went to the Family Search Labs site and looked in the Texas Deaths, 1890-1976 database and used Oliver and Ella as the parents and no children’s names. Voila! I had a match. Lois Marie Glass came up. Unfortunately, that generated no leads. However I decided to try to do a search with just Oliver and see what came up and a Stella Mae Hicks came up with the dad as Oliver Ferguson and the mother as Ella Robinson! Very Interesting, yes? Why was Ella not a Spangler? That is something I can solve later but I know that Stella is associated with this family because I have the census records to prove Oliver and Ella’s children.
With Stella I have now been able to move forward a little more. I found the birth records for two of her children on Ancestry.com and then found the birth records for two of her grandchildren. That brought me to 1951 and 1952.
Now, if I could find those two guys I might be able to make a connection and then be able to find out a little more about this family!
So, my brick wall has a tiny little crack in it right now. Let’s hope nobody comes along and tries to put any mortar on it!
Have a great day everyone!