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Margaret Parma Research Notes

The Problem  No census record has been found for 1900 for Margaret or her husband James Thomas Coward, and no marriage record has been found for them.  James first appears in the Memphis (TN) City Directory in 1903.  Their oldest known child, William Clarence Coward, was born about 1903 in Tennessee, probably in Memphis.  Margaret and James moved to San Diego CA some time after the 1930 census.  James was a grocer in Memphis and in San Diego.

Margaret  She was born 18 Mar 1882 in Texas.  This date is consistent on her baptism record (St Mary Cathedral baptismal register Vol.3) and on her death record (Arkansas Vital Records 1943 Deaths no.194300372).  However, the baptism took place in Galveston, and that record indicates that she was born there.  Her death record shows her birth place as Houston.

In most records, she is called Margaret or Maggie W., but from her baptism record and her first child's birth record we learn that the W. stands for Wilhelmina.

She died on 21 Sep 1943 in Hot Springs AR, and was buried in San Diego CA.  According to the death record, her usual residence was San Diego, so she was apparently visiting or touring when she died.  The informant on the death record was George C. Baxley, 806 21st Ave., Birmingham AL.

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