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One of my most mysterious relatives is my great-grandmother Rachel Bryant. When I started my research, I knew very little about her other than her name and that she gave birth to my maternal grandmother, Lula Bryant, on May 25, 1925.

She turned up in just one U.S. Census– in 1900 when she was a five-year-old living with her parents and six siblings in Stewart County, Georgia. That was all I could find. Until now. Maybe.

I found a marriage certificate dated December 1919 between a Rachel Bryant and Simon Healey. The two got married in Stewart County, Ga. If this is my great-grandmother, that means she would’ve been about 25 when she married this Simon Healey character. (Simon Healey himself is a man of mystery; I couldn’t find him in any other records either).

I found a 1919 marriage certificate filed in Stewart County, Ga. between a Rachel Bryant and Simon Healey. (Left column, second from bottom) I think this could be my great-grandmother.

I found a 1919 marriage certificate filed in Stewart County, Ga. between a Rachel Bryant and Simon Healey. (Left column, second from bottom) I think this could be my great-grandmother.

But that’s where it ends. The Healeys don’t appear anywhere else. I Not in Census records, not in a city directory, not in a death certificate. Nowhere. Apparently they lived happily ever after — maybe — under the radar.

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