Amazona Frances Easton Burkett Suddoth
Amazona Frances Easton Burkett Suddoth
Amazona is my second great maternal grandmother. She married William Thomas Suddoth. William and Amazona had Fannie Jane Curtis Suddoth.
The Information I Have Found on Amazona
I found a copy of their marriage license from Brooke County, West Virginia, in 2007. I was excited when I found this record! It is now exciting for it to be available online on FamilySearch or West Virginia’s Vital Research Records Project.
I found William, Fannie, and William’s mother on the 1900 U.S. Census. William is listed as being a widower.
Where I Have Searched for Amazona
The “family story” told to me by my grandmother (which she was told by the family) was that Amazona died in 1901. The story says Amazona died either in a train accident or near the train tracks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.
I have not been able to find her death in Pennsylvania or anywhere else in the United States.
If she did die in 1901, then why is William listed as a widower in 1900? Were they separated and he was trying to save face?
When we were at the LDS Family History Library in Salt Lake City back in 2007 (I think), my husband went through all of the Railroad insurance payouts for the state of Pennsylvania for the time frame that we thought she had died. He found nothing.
A distant cousin who lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who several years ago looked through all 1901 newspapers for the entire area at the library. She found nothing relating to Amazona. So between no records of an incident on or near the tracks along with no payout records from the railroad company to her family, I am not so sure the family story is anything more than that: A story. I am not sure why more information on Amazona is not more easily accessible.
Information I Need on Amazona
I have not been able to find a record of her birth or any information on her parents. According to the marriage license, her “parents are dead as far as she knows.” Yes, William added this to the marriage license!
Amazona’s death is also a mystery and I have nothing for her except her marriage license and the photo above. The photo of Amazona was given to me by my grandmother, Olive. Olive traveled west from West Virginia to Washington State with her mother, three siblings, and her grandfather (William Thomas Suddoth).
My mother and grandmother spent years looking for anything on Amazona. I started getting involved around the age 14 and I was drawn to Amazona. I want to know more about her and what happened to her.
Have You Found Amazona Frances Easton Burkett Suddoth in Your Research?
If you have seen her photo in a newspaper or have run across her name, please share the where and details in the comments below. I am grateful for whatever help and assistance I am able to get on finding more about her.
When doing genealogy, researchers often speak of the proverbial “brick wall” – that one ancestor or line that seems like it just stops. No more information, no names or dates, nothing more. Amazona is indeed my “brick wall” and my goal is to find her in 2015!
I appreciate your help in helping me find Amazona Frances Easton Burkett Suddoth. Please share this on your social media. I will be sharing as I need all the tips I can get to find Amazona!
Update on April 8, 2017
I have not found any more information on Amazona. Jonathan, Eagle4Life, and DianeK have assisted in the searching and nothing substantial has been found.
When researching, I have used various spellings of her name or only a couple of her names. A couple results “may be her” in the searches for me. I have looked into surrounding states as well as multiple websites (FamilySearch, Ancestry, West Virginia, to name three). I Google her name every couple of months to see if there is anything new available. Most of the items which show on the search results are things I have done or information I already have found.
(This post was moved from Our Family Milli-Gram to here on 8 April 2017. So if you previously commented on this post, the comments did not transfer when the posts were exported. I am disappointed they did not move to this site.)
If you have any information at all, please share in the comments below!
~Adrienne (8 April 2017)