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Subject: Re: [COUCH] Re: Rosetta Couch (1871-?) of Pickens Co. SC
Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 18:20:44 -0500
You might try to get the death certificates of her children. On some death certificates it will ask the maiden name of the mother and the name of the father. You might have already done this.
> From: Lee Anders <>
> Date: 2005/11/09 Wed PM 03:45:39 EST
> Subject: [COUCH] Re: Rosetta Couch (1871-?) of Pickens Co. SC
> A little over a year ago, I wrote the query copied below. Today, I
> know little more than I did then, and I am still seeking information
> regarding Edward "Ed" Couch, the mysterious and missing husband of
> Rosa (Rosetta, Rosie) Couch of Pickens County, SC.
> Here is what I have added to the pile since last year:
> Rosa may have been born in NC on 15 October of 1871 or 1874, and she
> may have died on 2 March 1940. I say may have died on that date
> because I have yet to locate her death certificate, but that is the
> date chiseled into her tombstone. The tombstone also lists her year of
> birth as 1874, but that is inconsistent with all known census data.
> She is buried at Oolenoy Baptist Church in the Dacusville/Pumpkintown
> area of Pickens.
> I have been able to locate the obituaries of three children. One does
> not give a maiden name for Rosa, and the others disagree, one says
> Ables, the other says Sanderson, but all three agree that their father
> was Edward "Ed" Couch.
> On the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses, Rosa is living in Pickens
> County, SC, listed as a widow, born in NC and parents born in NC. Here
> is a list of known children:
> Hattie Couch, b. Nov 1891, m. Jackson Nabors
> Fredrick "Fred" Couch, b. 15 Jan 1895/96
> Sandacia Couch, b. 2 Feb 1892 or 1898, d. 7 Dec 1964, m. Aud Anders
> McKinley Couch, b. 2 Jun 1900
> Haywood Couch, b. abt 1903
> Conestee Catherine Couch, b. 27 Feb 1905, d. 16 Jun 1990, m. Dill Anders
> James Crawford "JC" Couch, b. 7 Nov 1907, d. 28 Aug 2002, m1. Edna
> Stone, m2. Dorothy Lowery
> Zulene Couch, b. 14 Dec 1909, d. 30 Nov 2000, m. Esley Fortner
> The latter three children are the ones whose obits I have, but as you
> undoubtedly will figure out, all three were born during the time
> period that Rosa is listed as a widow. So who is this ghostly Ed Couch
> who comes and goes? Did he ever exist? Was Rosa his mistress? What is
> her maiden name? Could it be she was a Couch by birth?
> Help me here, folks, 'cause I am stumped.
> Lee Anders
> ----- The Original Query begins here -----
> From: Lee Anders <>
> Subject: Rosetta Couch (1871-?) of Pickens Co. SC
> Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 15:37:06 -0400
> Rosetta "Rosa, Rose, Rosie" COUCH was born in 1871, supposedly, in
> North Carolina, and, according to the obituary of two children, she
> married a Ed COUCH, shown on the census under "father's birthplace" as
> born in South Carolina.
> According to the obituary of one child, Rosetta's maiden name was
> ABLES, but I have yet to identify a Rosetta "Rosa, Rose, Rosie" ABLES
> within a appropriate age bracket in the 1880 North Carolina or South
> Carolina census.
> She had the following known children: Hassie/Hessie (1891), Fredrick
> (1895), Sandacia (1898), McKinley (1900), Haywood (ABT. 1902),
> Conestee (1905), James (1907), and Zulene (1910). All born in the
> Pickens and Dacusville areas of Pickens County, South Carolina. The
> family has been identified on the 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 Pickens
> County, SC censuses. Within all, Rosetta is listed as a widow.
> I have identified only two possible "Ed"s in South Carolina within the
> 1880 census, one in Pickens (Eddie D, a son of William) and one in
> Greenville (Edward, a son of Benjamin, I believe), but neither is a
> likely candidate for father of our COUCH children. Both were living
> long after 1900 and both married other women.
> So, the question is, who was Ed Couch?
> Lee Anders <> <-- Note that this email address is no
> longer valid.
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