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Edna Elizabeth Barnes-Another Mystery Lady

Edna Elizabeth Barnes was my gr-great grandmother on my dad’s side. She was born about 1824 in Alabama and died in 1900 in Hodges, Texas. She was the third wife of Drayton Bennett McCoy’s  and I believe they married around 1840.  However, I have not been able to find a marriage record or the 1850 census yet to confirm this.


Drayton and Edna had 11 children: 

Henry Lewis, 1840 Attala Co., MS-1917 Morris Co., TX
Evin Boyd, 1843, Attala Co., MS-1919 Taylor Co., TX
Thomas Gilbert, born 1845, MS-1913 Hodges, TX
Erastus Amziah, born 1846, MS-1925 Jones Co., TX
Minerva Lena, born 1848-1867 Kingsland, AR
Swinton, born 1851, MS-bef 1870
Winfield, born 1851, MS-bef 1870
Pleasant Monroe, born 1854, MS-1920 Cleveland Co., AR
Martha Lena, born 1856-1875 AR
Drayton Columbus, born 1858, MS-1908 Ft. Worth, TX
James Bogan, born 1860 MS-1903 CA


The family lived in Snowsville, Choctaw Co., MS in 1860; Princeton, Dallas Co., MS in 1870; and Prairie, Dorsey Co., AR in 1880. Drayton died in 1888 in Kingsland, AR. Sometime after Drayton’s death, Edna and most of her children moved to Texas where she died January 15, 1900 in Hodges. 

Is this a connection or just a coincidence?  When my grandmother, Julia Lou Ella McCoy married Alvin Guthrie  in Hodges, Texas on December 17, 1905, her witness was a Lizzie Massey. I didn’t think much about Lizzie Massey until I found the death certificate for Henry Lewis McCoy, brother of Julia’s mother. Henry’s death certificate shows his mother as Ednia Massey. Now I’m really wondering if the Massey name ties in?

Another unusual thing I’ve run across is the name of Hasseltine. Edna’s son,  Henry named his daughter Melissa Haseltine 1871-1946; son, Thomas named his daughter, Donal Isabell Hasseltine 1865-1886 and son,  Drayton C. named his daughter Hassie. Somehow, I just can’t help but feel this is important.

I have posted umpteen messages on the message boards about Edna. I checked every spelling for Barnes, Hasseltine, McCoy and Massey and nothing shows up. I’ve searched entire counties page by page for census records. I’ve tried to find the death certificates for all of Edna and Drayton’s children and have only been able to find a couple. I’ve even check the Native American rolls for Edna and nothing there either. At this point, I am at a total stand still.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate the help and input. Otherwise, here is another mystery lady! 

Finding My Dad-Woodrow Guthrie

Here is a little background about my early life. My parents divorced before I was 2 and from what I have been told,  it was a nasty split. My mom remarried when I was about 10. My step-father not only filled the shoes of the missing father in my life but became my dad and still is to this day! He’s a wonderful man who I love with all my heart!

However, this is the story of my biological father. Needless to say, I didn’t know much about him except for what my birth certificate showed and that wasn’t much. Like where was he now! When I was a teen, I had my first phone conversation with him and received a photo shortly after that. That was the only contact I had with him until I was about 35 or 36 years old. Needless to say, my mom had really hard feelings about things and just did not want to talk about him. She felt he didn’t deserve to know me! I kept pestering for answers, for names, anything and she finally mentioned a brother’s name. I called a dozen or so Raymond Guthrie’s in Texas and finally found someone who knew who knew the Raymond Guthrie family. However, I was informed  that Raymond had passed away a couple of months earlier. I was devastated! I told my story to the fellow on the phone about trying to find my dad, Woody Guthrie, Raymond’s brother and asked him to please pass my name and phone number on to the family. I thought so close and now so far away, again. Would I ever connect with my dad? It wasn’t a long time before I got a phone call and it was my dad, Woody!  I was so happy that we finally connected.

Woody and I spoke often on the phone over the next couple of years. In 1986, I moved cross county and stopped in Abilene for a visit.  I spent 3 or 4 days visiting with him, his wife Chris, and my half-sister, Gaile and her family and dad’s sister, Billie.  It was a great visit and I learned so much in that short time. I got to visit again about 1989 or 1990 for another 3 or 4 days. Those are the only visits I had with my dad because he died July 23, 1993.

My dad gave me so much information about his family history before he died. Since his death, his wife has sent me boxes upon boxes of photos, military medals, newspaper clippings from his service days and many other things. All these memento’s mean so much to me and have helped fill in so many gaps.

The not knowing where I came from and who he was, who was his family and how everything connected has finally come full circle. I finally feel that I know who I am and what I was meant to do in this life.

Over the years the genealogy research has helped answer many questions and fill in many of the blanks. I am so thankful for the short time we had together, but the research has filled in a lifetime of many happy memories!

Oct. 2, 2010

Just wanted to clarify something-my dad was not the famous singer Woody Guthrie,  nor is there any family connection to his lineage. The singer, Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie was born July 14, 1912 in Okemah, Oklahoma. My dad was Woodrow C. “Woody” Guthrie was  born July 18, 1918 in Texas.