Thursday, October 14, 2010

Justice Family - Adeline Midkiff Justice

Here is the next Justice on my list.  Today is information about Adeline Midkiff, I have a little bit more inforamtion about her.  Again, any help in verifying this information would be appreciated.  If you would like copies of any of the documents I mention, let me know and I would be happy to send you a copy.

This is the only photo we have of Adeline Midkiff Justice.
She is standing by one of her sons, Posey L. Justice.

Adeline Midkiff Jusice
Information by Belinda Blades
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1869 January - Adeline Midkiff was born to Greenville and Rhoda (Nelson) Midkiff in Patrick County, Virginia according to the 1870 census.

1870 Adeline is just 1 year old in the 1870 U.S. Census for Dan River, Patrick County, Virginia. She has two sisters Elizabeth 4 years old and Martha L is 10 years old. Her father Greenville is 25 and Roda [Rhoda] her mother is 33. Greenville is a farmer with property worth $1,300 and his personal estate is worth $100. All were born in Virginia.

1880 Adeline is 11 years old however, in the 1880 Census she is shown as 8. She and her family are living in the Mayo River region of Patrick County, Virginia. Greenville is shown a 45 and a farmer. Rhoda is 43, keeping house and also shown as having Pneumonia. Adeline’s sisters - Martha is 13, Rosina K is 7, Minnie I. is 1 and her brother Columbus is 5. Martha is no longer living at home.

1886 Adaline Midkiff married Jack Justice of Patrick County, Virginia on 21 Oct 1886. We have not located any more documents with Jack Justice listed other than the 1870 US Census, he is 5 years old. Vinny Justice appears on the Marriage Certificate of Jack Justice as the only parent, she is also show on the 1870 Census as his mother. Greenville and Rhoda are shown as Adeline’s parents. Adeline is just 17 and Jack is 21 and both shown as born in Patrick County, Virginia,. According to these date Jack was born about 1865.

Also in 1886, their first child, Delia Justice was born on 4 Oct 1886, just about 2 weeks before Adaline married Jack Justice. 

1892 John Justice - shown in the 1920 U.S. Census for Mecklenburg, Charlotte, District 131 in North Carolina as living with his brother, Posey. The Census information shows he was born about 1892 in Virginia. His marital status is single and a cotton mill worker. I can find no other information about him.

1984 Posey Luster Justice is born on 20 Mar 1894 in Patrick County, Virginia according to his World War 1 Draft Registration Record of 1917 and his Social Security Death Index listing.

1898 Adaline had another child, my grandfather, Daniel Lee Justice, however, we are not sure who the father is. Daniel Lee was given to James Preston Handy and then his father Jeff Handy and raised in Woolwine, Virginia.

1910 Adeline C. Justice is shown in the 1910-1911 Winston-Salem, North Carolina City Directory as living in Yontztown, NC.

1912 and 1913 Adaline Justice is at 531Vine Street in Winston-Salem as a boarder according to the City Directory for that year.

1915 Adaline is shown in the Winston-Salem Directory living at 712 E 15th and is a wid of Jno who was a tobacco worker. I believe this may be Jack’s first name.

1916 Adaline is shown as living at 531 Vine Street in Winston-Salem, NC according to the City Directory and a widow of Jack.

1918 Adaline is still living in Winston-Salam and now living at 530 Shuttle. Her son Posie and his, Myrtle are living at 1010 Chestnut and he is working at RJR Tobacco Company.

1921 Adaline is at 607 Maple Street and a factory worker according to the Winston-Salem, NC City Directory.

1922 Adaline is shown as living at 601 E 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC.

1923 According to family recollections, my grandfather, Daniel Lee Handy, went to North Carolina and got Adaline to come and live with him and his family in Patrick County, Virginia. After six months, that didn’t work out, so she left.

1938 Daniel Lee Handy located Adaline again and moved her in with his family again. After three weeks, it didn’t work out, so she moved again. That is the last time Daniel Lee Handy’s daughter, Thelma Handy Spangler ever saw her. It is believed that he took her to the “Regional Poor House” , which is now Oak Grove Retirement Lodge in Chatham, Virginia. She is believed to have died after 1940 and buried in a local cemetery where residents were buried when they died. We are still looking for her death date so we can locate her death certificate and grave.

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