I had been working under the assumption that Permelia lived and died in Decatur County all her life. But in trying to fill in some of the details on Lyda's siblings I found that in 1918 the next to the youngest daughter Julia Permelia Maxwell married an electrician with Western Union Telephone and Telegraph Company named Jacob Livingston Bower and they moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Jacob was from Fowlstown, about halfway between Attapulgus and Bainbridge. So I looked in Nashville for Jacob and Julia Bower on the 1920 census and found Jacob L, Julia and Ernestine Bower (ages 22, 21 and 6/12). On the 1930 census in Nashville I came up with Julia Bower, age 30, widowed, her daughter "Earnestine", age 10, and mother "Amelia” Maxwell, age 73. The also had two boarders, a young “filling station salesman” named Clarence Farris and Louise Patterson, a 23 year old insurance clerk. To-Do Item: Hmmm. Permelia’s mother was a Patterson. Could Louise be a cousin? The 1930 census gives street addresses for urban districts, so it’s possible to see that they were living at 105 12th Street.
|Census images courtesy of Ancestry.com.|
|1938 Polk's Directory of Nashvill|
|1940 Polk's Directory of Nashvill|
Next I went searching to see if there were Tennessee divorce indexes online. I didn't find one, but I did find a 1924 Polk's directory for Nashville which shows both Jacob and Julia living in the house at 1109 Holly Street. So somewhere between 1924 and 1930 Jacob and Julia Bower got divorced.
Anyway, the point of all this was that by being pointed towards Tennessee I found Permelia's death certificate. So adding the final bit of confirmation that I was looking at the right Julia and Permelia, it says right there that
- Permelia died on the 7th of September 1946
- she lived at the 1109 Holly Street Address in Nashville
- she was born in Calvary, Georgia
- she is a widow
- her parents were Dr. Robert McNair (that’s a new piece of information) and Nancy Patterson
- she will be buried in Piedmont Cemetery in Calvary, Georgia