Thanks for the additional information on CMAJ Sisk and your search.
Do I correctly infer that your aunt Joy Precise Lard is no longer
involved in family history? From the Family Record sheets I saw, she
did indeed do some good work.
I'm not sure where my mom got the Family Record sheets -- they may
have been attached to the letters Joy Lard sent to some of the elder
Precise's (including my grandfather Elmer Precise).
I also have a copy of the typescript "Precise Family Notes", but I
forgot that it mentioned a Wesley, brother of CMAJ. I'll have to go
back to that document and have another look. When I first went
through it, I determined that there were a fair number of errors, and
I didn't use it much after that.
Finally, if you or anyone have information on the parentage of the
original Jackson County William PRECISE (b. ~1805, Virginia), or the
maiden name or parentage of his wife Delilah (b. ~1811, Tennessee),
I'd be very interested in hearing about that. For William, I've seen
some stuff on a family in Virginia with surname PROCISE that is
suggestive, but certainly nothing definitive. Delilah is sometimes
mentioned as a HAWK or HAWKINS, but I've never seen any real evidence
or sources to confirm.
On 16 Dec 2009 at 14:58, Amy Christensen wrote:
> Joy Precise, who is now Joy Lard, is my aunt, and she most likely
> got the information from my mom (Eveonne). My mom and she were both
> very involved in family history in the 70s and did a lot of good
> work back then. Aunt Bertha died back in 1989, but her memory was
> unrivaled. The only problem is, my mom doesn't remember where the
> headstone is, or if she ever saw one. She does remember that Aunt
> Bertha didn't know what the initials CMAJ stood for, but I'm
> thinking maybe there was a mixup in the death date. Thus the asking
> here. Bertha Proctor is Robert Bertha Precise, oldest child of John
> William Precise, who was a son of Ambrose Lafayette Precise & Phebe
> Jane Sanders.
> I didn't know you could look through past messages here, I
> appreciate you putting the snippet of Rhonda's message on here
> again. That was from before I even started on family history work,
> so I wouldn't have seen it.
> I think I may have narrowed down the family of CMAJ Sisk, with the
> help of Rhonda Woodard, as I mentioned in another email earlier.
> It's a tenuous link though. I looked for a Sisk family in Jackson
> County that had a daughter with a name that started with one of
> CMAJ's initials born 1844, who had a brother named Wesley (that is
> from the document "Precise family notes") and came up with the same
> family that Rhonda had: Willis S Sisk and Francis Nancy Money, with
> a daughter named Melissa born 1844. I checked on Ancestry and
> couldn't verify it completely, as none of the family trees had
> listed Melissa with a spouse or death date. That's as far as I've
> Thanks for all the help, I appreciate it!
> "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
> It's about learning to dance in the rain."
> From: Mark Klan <mark@...>
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Tue, December 15, 2009 5:40:06 PM
> Subject: Re: [jacksongenealogy] Looking for a grave: C.M.A.J. SISK
> Amy -
> I qualify as familiar with C.M.A.J. Sisk, but I don't have any more
> solid information than you.
> I do have a photocopy of a handwritten family record sheet prepared
> by a "Joy Precise" that also shows a death date of 3 Mar 1891. The
> sheet gives specific sources on CMAJ Sisk as 1) marriage license
> Jackson Cty, 2) grave headstone, and 3) "personal knowledge of
> Proctor, granddaughter of husband, Route 1, Scottsboro, Ala." I
> think the sheet was prepared in the 1970s.
> That death date is only plausible if CMAJ and Ambrose Precise were
> divorced, but I have no specific knowledge of that. Ambrose married
> Phebe Jane Sanders in 1868, as you indicated, and later married
> Cynthia Ann (Kirby) Cobb in 1898.
> I never located CMAJ (Sisk) Precise in the Jackson County Cemetery
> Mega File, nor any prior census info on her (although I didn't look
> hard for the latter).
> Rhonda Woodard sent a message to this list on 4 Jan 2004, which had
> the following (snipped):
> > I am researching Ambrose Precise son of William and Delilah Hawk
> > Ambrose married C.M.A.J. Sisk(1865) they had one child Delila
> > This is all that I know about C.M.A.J. Sisk, I cannot locate which
> of the Sisk
> > families she is from.
> That's all I have...
> Sorry I'm not more help. If you find anything additional, I would be
> very interested in hearing about it. Ambrose Precise was the brother
> of my g-g-grandfather John F. Precise.
> Mark Klan
> mark *at-sign* markabout.com
> On 14 Dec 2009 at 20:25, Amy Christensen wrote:
> > Hello all:
> > I'm looking for the headstone for C.M.A.J. Sisk, born 16 Feb 1844
> > Jackson County, Alabama. She married Ambrose Lafayette Precise
> > 1865 and they had a child, Delila Francis "Deedie" Precise
> > 1866), who later moved to Eastland County, Texas. It seems that
> > may have died in childbirth with Deedie, but the death date I
> > is 1891, which I really doubt. Ambrose remarried Phebe Jane
> > in 1868. C.M.A.J. may have also been called Melissa or Malissa,
> > I'm not sure of that.
> > I already checked findagrave.com with no luck, but I know she's
> > buried somewhere in Jackson County. Is anyone familiar with her?
> > Have any more information on her?
> > Thank you so much!
> > Amy
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