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Next, four more daughters were born: Katie, ca. 1867-1872; Adelia/Alilia/Alelia, ca. 1869; Baby Girl, ca. 1874, and Sarah, birth year unknown, but d. 1861. Since she does not appear in the 1860 census, I’m assuming she was born later in 1860 or 1861, and had a very short life.
The last two daughters, Adelia/Alilia/Alelia and Baby Girl, are difficult to sort out . Are these two separate daughters, or are they the same person? The 1875 Minnesota Territorial census shows both of these girls as Adelia, 6 and Baby Girl, 1. In 1880, only Alilia, 11, is listed, no mention of Baby Girl. Five years later, in 1885, the older girl would have been 16, and the baby, 11. Alelia, 16, is listed in that census. It would appear that Baby Girl died before 1880.
The mother’s obituary (Elizabeth) says she died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Blanchard of Spring Valley, in 1900. The census of 1900 has a Lela Blanchard living in Spring Valley with a birth date of Sept. 1868 – my Adelia/Alilia/Alelia was b. ca 1869. This is probably her. Besides her husband, she has two children, ages 9 and 7. I’m assuming a marriage date of ca. 1890 or earlier.
Everything seems in order, until finding the 1895 Minnesota census of Elizabeth, then a widow, with daughter Luela in the household, age 21. This age fits perfectly with the Baby Girl listed in the 1875 census. The older sister, Mrs. Blanchard, would have been 26, and presumably married with both children born by then. I was unable to locate Mrs. Blanchard in the 1895 Minnesota census.
I turned to the cemeteries for some additional help – Roland and Elizabeth are buried in Duff cemetery, a small but well-kept rural cemetery in the vicinity of their home. Also in that same area is Bateman cemetery, where I found daughters Katie and Sarah buried. I visited the cemetery in 2012, and found it in terrible condition, broken stones, in the middle of a corn field. Someone visited the cemetery in 2009 and uploaded photos to Find-A-Grave. The cemetery was mowed and green, and in much better shape. Their reading showed no other Sissons besides Katie and Sarah buried there.