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Friday, October 28, 2016


When I first started researching my Bourne line I did not get very far. My great grandma Vennie Lee Bourne was the daughter of James Emmett Bourne and Amelia Vaughan. His father was named James and his mother was named Matilda C Stephenson and they were my brick wall for a long time.  
NameJ. E. Bourne
Marital StatusSingle
Birth Date1880
Birth PlaceGrayson Co., VA
Marriage Date19 Jun 1901
Marriage PlaceWythe County, Virginia
FHL Film Number34255
Reference IDp71 L20
Household Members
Jas. Bourne
M. Stevenson
J. E. Bourne
Elizabeth Pinion
Wm. Vaughn
Amelia Vaughn

While Amelia's marriage record named Emmett's parents as Jas and M, there were no real clues to their identities. Did M stand for Mary or Marilyn or Mariah? Why dont people fill these things out better? Obviously Jas stood for James but where was he from? When was he born?   

James and M were probably in Wythe County around 1901 right? So thats something. Ancestry would not help either. Not a clue for a long time... 

Then one day, Emmett's Death Record popped up revealing that M was actually Matilda and his wife was Pamelia.... 

NameJames Emmett Bourne
Age at Death83
Birth Date13 Jun 1881
Death Date24 Mar 1964
Death PlaceFries, Grayson, Virginia, USA
Registration Date30 Mar 1964
FatherJames E Bourne
MotherMatilda Stevens
SpousePamelia Ann Bourne

So James Sr was also an E and Matilda may be a Stevens instead of a Stevenson... 
Emmett was 83 when he died in Fries and his birth and death dates were in the record.  
Once I had this info Matilda Bourn got a hint.... 

In the 1900 census, Matilda is a widow,... living in Wythe with her kids... 

NameMatilda C Bourne
Birth DateFeb 1861
Home in 1900Speedwell, Wythe, Virginia
Relation to Head of HouseHead
Marital StatusWidowed
Father's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother's BirthplaceVirginia
Mother: number of living children4
Mother: How many children6
Household Members
Matilda C Bourne35
Geary G Bourne24
William J Bourne18
Mary M Bourne8
Now we can see that Matilda was born in 1861 Virginia, and so there is a good chance James E was too....      

Also she may have had Geary (George) when she was eleven???  Well, you know how women are about their age... or it could just be a typo. What do they call typos in long hand???  Oh right, census takers.  

1880 Census shows James Bourn at age 79 and wife Matilda at age 28... about 51 years apart... and that puts James Sr. at a birth date around 1801.... so Matilda may be a second wife... and his son James Emmett was born when he was about 80... wow....   

Matilda and James were married when she was 27 according to her marriage record..... 

NameMatilda C. Stephenson
Marital StatusSingle
Birth Date1851
Birth PlaceGrayson
Marriage Date30 Jul 1878
Marriage PlaceGrayson County, Virginia
FHL Film Number31758
Reference IDreg2 p37 #53
Household Members
Matilda C. Stephenson
James Bourn
R. H. Bourn
S. Bourn

James Sr was the son of S and RH BOURN....  and he was married at age 77... 

Name:James Bourn
Marital Status:Single
Birth Date:1801
Birth Place:Grayson
Marriage Date:30 Jul 1878
Marriage Place:Grayson County, Virginia
Father:S. Bourn
Mother:R. H. Bourn
Spouse:Matilda C. Stephenson
FHL Film Number:31758
Reference ID:reg2 p37 #53

James parents turned out to be Steven Bourn and Rosamond H Mallory Bourn... 

I have to thank a cousin for this revelation as there were no hints to connect the dots here.... 

"How did you link James E Bourne (before 1860-1900) and Matilda Stephenson as being the parents of William James Emmet and the others? According to the trees on ancestry and rootsweb members connect this James E Bourne was born about 1800 in Grayson County.


The information above has the parents of James E Bourne as Stephen Devil Bourne (b. 31 Oct 1760 in Louisa Co VA) and Rosamond Mallory (b. 4 Sep 1792.)
They have James as being born 16 Sep 1800 in Grayson Co. VA and his wife Matilda Stephenson as much younger.
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The above link is to the findagrave memorial for Rosamond Bourne Reeves. If you send a message to the people who commented on her memorial, as well as some of the other Bournes in this cemetery, you might get some response. There are comments added to your ancestor James Emmett Bourne in the same cemetery.
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I don’t see census records posted in your tree prior to 1900. Have you found George living with his parents in the 1880 census?
Have you found all the census records for your Bourne family, either on ancestry.com or familysearch.org?
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Have you searched for obits for any of the siblings of James Emmett Bourne and his parents James and Matilda?
I will look a little more.
Take care

Sometimes info from a cousin can lead to a whole new branch.AND A BROKEN WALL...



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