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Twyla May Gilbreath

Twyla May Gilbreath

Female 1893 - 1948  (55 years)

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  • Name Twyla May Gilbreath 
    Born 1 Apr 1893  Johnstown, Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    1920 Census Jan 1920  Chicago City, Ward 21, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    HIST 1920 Cook Co., IL Census, State Illinois
    County Cook
    s.d. 1, e.d. 1153, Sheet No. 4B
    Chicago City, Ward 21
    January 1920 by Arthur Hanssen
    1357 North LaSalle Street
    line 88, 38/87 DUCKWORTH Hannah Head R FW 45 S 1912/Pa /yes/yes England/English England/English England/English Keeper/Rooming House
    other roomers
    line 93, /89 CUBY Clement Roomer R MW 30 M 1900/Na/1910 France/French France/French France/French Acrobat/theater
    Twyla Roomer FW 23 M 1904/Na/1910 /yes/yes England/English England/English England/English Acrobat/theater
    Georgenia Daughter FW 7 S yes/yes/yes Missouri France/French England/English
    Charlotte Daughter FW 5 S no/yes/yes Missouri France/French England/English
    other roomers. 
    Occupation Acrobat (1920), Nurse (1938) 
    Died 23 Aug 1948  2108 W. 2nd Street, Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Cerebral apoplexy due to cardo vasc. with Hypertension. [signed] A.L. Crawford
    Buried Carterville Cemetery, Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • “Father + Dau” same stone as father Elmer J. Gilbreath
    Person ID I6111  Our Genealogy
    Last Modified 27 Feb 2013 

    Father Elmer J. Gilbreath,   b. 6 Aug 1872, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1937, 1009 East 29th, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Mother Alice May Scott,   b. 18 Dec 1875, Scotland, Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1948, Los Angeles County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1892  Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • [jcknmlhn.FTW]

      married 10 February 1892 by Judge Hunch in Carterville, MO
    Family ID F2854  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Everitt Boyd Jackson,   b. 30 Apr 1889, Neosho, Jasper County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1961, Sale Memorial Hospital, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 18 May 1912  probably Newton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    _MEND Divorce 
    Children 
     1. Charlotte Jackson,   b. 25 Jul 1913, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1998, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Georgina Isabel "Georga Carolyn" Jackson,   b. 29 Apr 1915, Neosho, Newton County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 2008, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F2860  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Clement Seraphin Cuby,   b. 22 Sep 1889, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1962, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 13 Mar 1918  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    _FA1 Bef 1924 
    _MEND Divorce 
    Notes 
    • familysearch.org
      noted 1 May 2011
      record title: Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920
      groom: Clement S. Cuby
      groom's age: 28
      groom's estimated birth year: 1890
      groom's birth date: 1890
      bride: Twala M. Jackson
      bride's age: 23
      bride's estimated birth year: 1895
      bride's birth date: 1895
      marriage type: Marriage
      marriage date: 13 Mar 1918
      marriage place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois
      groom's marital status: Unknown
      bride's marital status: Single
      additional relatives: X
      digital film number: 4272452

      Took out this license in Lake County, Indiana but never returned it:
      Indiana, Marriages, 1811-1959
      familysearch.org
      noted 27 Feb 2013
      name Clement Seraphin Cuby
      event Marriage
      event date
      event place , Lake, Indiana
      other event place
      registration place , Lake, Indiana, United States
      marriage license date 01 Mar 1918
      residence
      gender Male
      spouse's name Twyla May Jackson
      spouse's residence
      spouse's gender Female
      informant's name
      officiator's name
      page 441
      record number
      reference
      digital folder number 004839149
      number of images 1
      batch number M03289-6
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F2847  Group Sheet

    Family 3 Mr. Blanton 
    Married Bef 1938 
    Divorced Bef 1938 
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F8746  Group Sheet

    Family 4 (Living) 
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F8610  Group Sheet

    Family 5 (Living) 
    Last Modified 18 Sep 2014 
    Family ID F2848  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Twyla Gilbreath
    Twyla Gilbreath

  • Notes 
    • We don't really know much about Twyla.

      Most of what I do know I got from her daughter Charlotte. When Charlotte was 5 and Georgina was 3, Twyla divorced Everitt so she could run off with (marry? that was unclear) a man who was an acrobat in the circus. Circuses did (and still do) winter in the Newton/Jasper Counties area of Missouri.

      She took Charlotte and left Georgina (to become Georga) behind. Georga is my grandmother.

      Twyla and Charlotte headed to Europe, where she and Charlotte performed in the acrobatic act of the man they left with. Later, she left him for another man, leaving Charlotte with this step-father. Charlotte was in Paris during World War I.

      After Charlotte returned she lived with her step-mother's twin sister Jewel Innes Stipp in Pittsburg, Kansas and worked as a dancer in atroup. This is probably why Georga wasn't allowed to speak to her, though this wasn't explained. Her aunt made it clear that Charlotte wasn't "good enough" to talk to, but Georga never understood why. She simply did as she was told.

      Twyla apparently lived in California, but we know nothing about this period of her life.

      She died in 1948 at the age of 55 and is buried in Carterville Cemetery in the same plot as her parents under the name "Twyla Blevins".

      Fortunately her last husband, Preston Blevins, is listed on her death certificate or we still wouldn't know his first name.

      I've tried to do some research on this, checking Ellis Island for their comings and goings (none that I could find). And no sign of them in the 1920 census.

      I did manage to find Charlotte in 1930, when she was living with Everitt's second wife's twin sister Jewell Innes Stipp in Pittsburg, Kansas and "dancing" in a "Theatrical troup".

      But I finally got a proper breakthrough the other day when ancestry.com put the World War I Draft Registration Cards online.

      Twyla had a brother named Levie Sutton Gilbreath (she had a Great-Unclenamed Levi Sutton). Levie later went by "Leroy", but in 1917 he was living in Chicago and his form reads like this:

      WWI Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, ancestry.com
      REGISTRATION CARD
      Serial Number: 3662, Order Number: 5082
      Name: Levie Sutton Gilbreath
      Address: 63 W. Shiller? Chicago Cook Ill
      Age: 20, Date of birth: Mar 10 1898
      White
      Native born [citizen]
      Occupation: Salesman, St. Clair Refinery Co
      Place of employment: 35th + South Park Av. Chicago

      Cook Ill
      Nearest relative: sister Mrs. Twyla Cuby
      64 W. Schiller Chicago Cook Ill

      [signed] Levie S. Gilbreath

      REGISTRAR'S REPORT
      12-2-18-C
      Medium height
      Slender build
      Eyes: Blue
      Hair: brown
      Disability: no

      [signed] Mathilde Jacqer
      Sept 12 1918

      Chicago Local Board No. 46
      Newberry Library, Chicago.

      The alert reader will notice "sister Mrs. Twyla Cuby" who lives inChicago. I did. My eyes nearly bulged out of my head!

      And in 1920, Twyla still did:

      1920 Cook Co., IL Census
      State Illinois
      County Cook
      s.d. 1, e.d. 1153, Sheet No. 4B
      Chicago City, Ward 21
      January 1920 by Arthur Hanssen
      1357 North LaSalle Street
      line 88, 38/87 DUCKWORTH Hannah Head R FW 45 S 1912/Pa /yes/yesEngland/English England/English England/English Keeper/Rooming House
      [other roomers]
      line 93, /89 CUBY Clement Roomer R MW 30 M 1900/Na/1910 France/FrenchFrance/French France/French Acrobat/theater
      Twyla Roomer FW 23 M 1904/Na/1910 /yes/yes England/EnglishEngland/English England/English Acrobat/theater
      Georgenia Daughter FW 7 S yes/yes/yes Missouri France/FrenchEngland/English
      Charlotte Daughter FW 5 S no/yes/yes Missouri France/FrenchEngland/English
      [other roomers]

      There they are. A slight mix up with the daughters ages, and Twyla claims (*cough*cough*) to have been born in England.

      Just when you think a story is far to interesting to be true notice:

      Occupation: acrobat/theater

      Also of interest is Clement Seraphin Cuby's draft registration form thatnotes he is from Lausanne, Switzerland (not true - he's from the Haute Pyrenees in France, near Toulouse) and that he is single, claiming only his mother in Switzerland as a dependent (also untrue, she is actually working as a maid in New York City). It's not surprising Clement claimed to be from (neutral) Switzerland and not France while the war was raging. But I think we can assume he would have claimed Twyla, Charlotte and Georgina if he'd been married. Since he fills out his form on 5 June1917, and Levie filled his out on 18 September 1918, that narrows down the marriage date signifcantly.

      By 1930 Clement and Twyla are no longer married.

      Clement is living in Nassau Co., NY:

      State New York
      County Nassau
      Hempstead Township
      e.d. 30-102, s.d. 36, Sheet No. 9B
      Baldwin Village
      Apr 10, 11, 1930 by Bessie H Betts
      39 Ashland Avenue
      line 79, 208/220 CUBY Clement Head O 10000 R no MW 41 M 35 no/yes FranceFrance France French 1900/Pa/yes Actor/Theatrical
      Frances Wife FW 48 M 42 no/yes Scotland Scotland Scotland English1903/Pa/yes Sales-lady/Real Estate
      Idalie Mother FW 70 Wd 28 no/yes France France France French 1900?/Na/yes

      I'm not sure where Twyla is. There is a Twyla Shaw in California who isabout the right age and born in Missouri, but there's no reason to assume it's her.

      Wily Twyla.

      So, Twyla really was an acrobat. I thought perhaps just Charlotte and her step-father were in the act (from what Charlotte said I wasn't sure).

      Anyway, thought you'd find this of interest. Oh, and Georgina/Georga isalso listed in the 1920 census in Neosho:

      1920 Newton Co., MO Census
      Neosho City
      S.D. 13, E.D. 148, Sheet #16A/165A
      13 January 1920 by J.S. Sutherland
      Cemetery Road
      384/409 JACKSON, George W. Head 60 TN TN TN Farmer
      Ida Wife 58 MO MO MO
      Jessie Mae Daughter Divorced 31 MO TN MO Needlework
      Everitt Son Divorced 29 MO TN MO Mail carrier
      Percy Son 22 MO TN MO Home Laborer
      Georgia Grand Daughter 4 9/12 MO MO MO

      Since Clement fills out his Draft Registration Form in St. Louis,Missouri but it gives his home address as being in Chicago, we can assume there was a lot of traveling back and forth. It's the only explanation I can think of for her dual listings. He mentioned specifically on his Draft Form that he's with a traveling show and that their next stop is in Jacksonville, Illinois.

      So, it's clear that Twyla didn't abandon Charlotte in France (which was the impression I'd gotten) but some time after that.

      I'll be surprised if we ever track down her full story.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2352] Family Bible of Elmer J. Gilbreath and Alice Mae Scott, Dolly Gilbreath Hall, says born “Johnston”, marriage record says “Johnstown”.

    2. [S554] 1910 Newton Co., MO Census.

    3. [S169] 1920 Cook Co., IL Census, State Illinois, County Cook, s.d. 1, e.d. 1153, Sheet No. 4B, Chicago City, Ward 21, January 1920 by Arthur Hanssen, 1357 North LaSalle Street, line 88, 38/87 DUCKWORTH Hannah Head R FW 45 S 1912/Pa /yes/yes England/English England/English England/English Keeper/Rooming House.

    4. [S2352] Family Bible of Elmer J. Gilbreath and Alice Mae Scott, Dolly Gilbreath Hall.

    5. [S2806] Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1960, Missouri Secretary of State, Twyla M. Blevins August _, 1948 Jasper Joplin 26768 - “in this community 1 year”.

    6. [S2335] Carterville Cemetery, Carterville, Jasper County, Missouri, Find-A-Grave, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=18532151&PIpi=5542963.

    7. [S4547] Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920.


 
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