It does paint a picture of the times, which is always an education for me.
So here's Eugenia Witty Booth's oldest sister to learn a bit about, Martha E. Witty Barnes.
She also was born in Limestone, Alabama, as were her 2 older brothers. Her birthday was Sept 25, 1846. She appears in the Limestone Alabama Census of 1850, then next in 1860 she and her family have moved all the way to Hill County, Texas, where her father was a founder of a "subdivision" which was another name for land speculation which became Woodbury Texas.
She married John L. Barnes, who was born Aug 2, 1846 also in Alabama, but I know nothing about his family. They appeared as a household in Houston, TX in the census of 1880.
They never had any children apparently.
By the time Martha was in her 60s, she and her husband were listed twice (1907 & 1909) in a city directory for Cleburne, Johnson County, TX which is near Dallas. The 1910 Census has them living there as well. His occupation was advertised as gardener.
|Main St, Cleburne TX 1910s|
|Old Woodbury Cemetery|
|Martha E. Witty Barnes 1846-1914|
|John L. Barnes 1836-1914|