Another generation added to the tree!
In April of 1910, the Wiggins family was living in Gates in Lauderdale County. Gates is almost one of those sneeze-and-you-miss-it kind of towns, just south of Halls, in West Tennessee. The family was listed as Wiggin (no s). At the time, in 1920, the family consisted of Albert & Betty, and children Mattie, Pearl, Ada, Joe and Nell. This is wonderful to find as previously I had no idea when Nell was born, and the census placed her age at 7, which outs her birthdate somewhere around 1903.
Also, FamilySearch recently added a more complete index of Tennessee Death Records to their database, not really based on any of the previous efforts, this one abstracts all of the death certificates from 1914-1955. Though this new index, I was finally able to pin down death dates for both Albert and Betty, as well as filling in middle names (Thomas and Jane, respectively), birth dates, burial location (both listed as buried in Durhamville, Albert specifically at Elam, but having been to that cemetery, there was only one Wiggins stone, and it wasn't him, but now I have the funeral home's name and can maybe track that down more definitively), and most excitingly, Betty's parents names! And since Betty died in Memphis in 1937, I was able to pull a copy of her death certificate from the Shelby County Register of Deeds website and see it for myself!
Elizabeth Jane "Betty" Jackson was the daughter of Ben and Eliza Jackson, both born in North Carolina. Based on Albert & Betty's oldest child's birthdate and place (Minnie, born somewhere in Tennessee in Aug 1882), that likely places the couples marriage around 1880-1881, probably somewhere in West Tennessee. Now I have to do a little more digging, but it's always exciting to add another generation to the family tree!
I've updated my tree on WorldConnect, so you can follow this link to Albert Wiggins:
Albert Thomas Wiggins 1864-1942)