Orphan-- Viola J. Kitchen(s) 1885-1973
Viola James Kitchen(s) b. 8/11/1885 Obion County,TN died 1/31/1973 Memphis,TN. Since she was an orphan, we have no idea of her parents names. We are not sure if her middle & last names were her birth names or her adopted family's name. Her last name has been shown as Kitchens and Kitchen so not sure which is correct. We don't even know the name of her adopted family. My cousin & I have been trying for years to find the information.
In the 1900 U.S.Federal Census for Troy,Obion County,TN Civil Dist.6, it shows Viola Kitchen,age 14,orphan, living in household of Wade H. Pyles age 72 and Lenora J. Pyles age 70. Are they related somehow? Possible grandparents? On the census she stated she didn't know where her parents were born.
Viola married William Walter Gentry on 9/9/1904 in Obion County,TN. William Walter was b. 12/14/1873 Obion County,TN and d. 11/13/1951 in Memphis,TN. They had 8 sons & 2 daughters:
Wade Hampton b.8/28/1905 Obion Co.,TN d.9/9/1908 Obion Co.,TN
James Milton b.10/28/1906 Obion Co.,TN d.12/22/1958 Longview,TX
William Floyd b.11/15/1908 Obion Co.,TN d.1/3/1956 Memphis,TN
Charles Mason b.8/25/1910 Obion Co.,TN d.5/22/1988 unk location
Walter Harl b.8/5/1919 Shelby Co.,TN d.10/23/1995 Memphis,TN
Neuman Reid b.5/5/1921 Shelby Co.,TN d.4/18/1982 unk loc
Raymond Earl b.6/8/1923 Shelby Co.,TN d.12/20/1997 Memphis,TN
Edward Jackson b.6/16/1925 Shelby Co.,TN d.5/15/1996 Clearwater,FL
Ruth Alein b.8/16/1916 Shelby Co.,TN d 10/22/2000 Memphis,TN
Doris Blanche b.8/12/1912 Shelby Co.,TN d.10/19/1994 Memphis,TN
If anyone has any information on Viola please let me know. Also need info on ancestors of William Walter's father, James Milton Gentry b. 8/8/1836 b. KY d. 8/30/1888 Obion Co,TN. He is buried at New Ebenezer Cemetary in Obion County,TN. He was married to Martha Francis Tanner b. 1836 TN.