I have had a hard time deciding what to write about lately. It seems like I have written about most of my closer relatives. So, that leaves the more distant ones in which I know less. Nevertheless, we will keep exploring backwards.
Today I picked on a random relative. It seemed a good of a plan as any.
I clicked on Willie Scott Hicks. She is my second great-aunt. She was born in Amherst County, Virginia on 25 April 1898 to my second great-grandparents, Lemuel Dabney Hicks and Emma Frances Heath. She was the tenth of twelve children born to their union. However, she had several of her siblings die early in life. Rosa B Hicks (1882-1904), Willie was 5 years old. Susie Pearl Hicks (1902-1904), Willie was 6 years old. Bessie M Hicks (1884-1907), Willie was 8 years old. Saint Louis Hicks (1886-1907) died when Willie was 9 years old. Her sister Minnie D. died in 1908; Willie Scott was 10 years old. That is a lot of trauma and grief for a family. I tried looking for death records for the above children but was not able to find any.
When she was 20 years old, she married Clyde Lile Driskill on 29 June 1918 in Lynchburg Virginia. They had six children. Clyde had been in the US Navy enlisting in 1918.
According to the Directory for Lynchburg, we can learn a few things about our ancestors. We can learn about occupation and home addresses to name a few. Later, phone numbers were added.
Lynchburg, Virginia has shared several years of directories with the genealogy community. I want to give you a few examples.
1915- Willie Scott Hicks lives with her parents at 2113 Elm Avenue. She worked as a Clerk for FW Woolworth Company.
1916- Willie Scott Hicks lives with her parents at 2113 Elm Avenue. No occupation is listed.
1919- Clyde and Willie live in a home at 2014 Tulip. He is listed as a substitute Mail Carrier for the US Post Office.
According to the 1920 US Census, Willie and Clyde live on Tulip Street in Lynchburg. They are renting their home and Clyde is listed as a Postal Clerk. This house location is next door to Clyde’s father
1923- Clyde and Willie live and own a home at 601 Franklin. Clyde is a mail carrier.
According to the 1930 US Census, Willie and Clyde lived on Tulip Lane with their four children. The Census does not show the wages for Clyde but it does tell us that he owns his own home. The value of the home is listed as $3000. Additionally, it says they own a radio and that Clyde is a World War Veteran
1936- Clyde and Willie still live and own the home at 2014 Tulip. Clyde is a mail carrier.
1939-Clyde and Willie still live at the same home. Clyde is still with the postal service.
According to the 1940 US Census, Willie and Clyde lived on Tulip Lane with their six children. They own their home now. Willie’s mother, Emma Frances Hicks also lived with them. Clyde seemed to make good money at the US Post Office. According to the records, he earned $2,100 per year.
1948- Clyde and Willie live and own a home at 411 Westover Blvd. Clyde is a mail carrier.
1958- Clyde and Willie live and own a home at 4628 Oakdale Drive. Clyde is a mail carrier.
1960- Clyde and Willie live and own a home at 4628 Oakdale Drive. There is not an occupation listed for Clyde. Therefore, it could be that he retired, or that he was deceased by the time the directory was published.
Her husband died in December 1960. Willie died on 18 February 1965 in Lynchburg, Virginia. She was 66 years old. According to her death certificate, she died of heart disease.
Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures of them. However, I did find a few of their homes on Google Maps.
Family members, if you have pictures or stories please add on!
Until later, I will be exploring backwards.