1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 114, family 114, line 24, Walter Rawlins; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8DQ : accessed 30 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.
Walter Rawlins appears in the household of James Best Hester in the 1880 census. This household was adjacent to Dock Hester. It should be noted that J. C. Rawlins is in household 128.
The census indicates he was born in Mississippi between 2 June 1863 and 1 June 1864 to parents who were both born in Mississippi. Since he was boarding, the information could be erroneous. J. C. Rawlins in household 128 was born in Kentucky, and his wife Sophia was born in South Carolina. Their children enumerated in their home in 1880 were aged 34 to 24 with the oldest being born in Alabama and the youngest being born in Mississippi. The grandchildren enumerated in the household were ages 6 and 2 and were both born in Mississippi. The Rawlins must have moved to Mississippi between the time John, aged 29, and Elizabeth, aged 24, were born, so somewhere between 1850 and 1856, depending on the exact date of birth of each child.
I was unable to locate Walter as "Rawlins" in other censuses, but I remembered my grandmother had been friends with a woman named Fanny Rollins, so I decided to search under that spelling for this man. I located a Walter Rollins in the 1900 Monroe County, Mississippi census who was born in February 1864 in Mississippi and whose father was born in Kentucky and mother in South Carolina.1 He was boarding with the Barum Roebuck family.
I, therefore, believe Walter is the son of J. C. and Sophia Rawlins/Rollins. He is not enumerated in their household in 1870;2 however, the family is the very last family enumerated in that enumeration district, and the page ends on the bottom line with the Elizabeth mentioned above. It is entirely possible the remainder of the household was somehow "lost."
Although the 1880 and 1900 censuses support the 1864 birth date, his tombstone at Union Grove Cemetery on Highway 371 in Monroe County, Mississippi shows he was born 11 March 1862 and died 17 February 1910.3
His father's family will be covered later in the series.
1 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 81, p. 270A (stamped), sheet 3, dwelling 49, family 49, lines 36-42, Barum Roebuck household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XCC3-QD : accessed 5 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 822.↩
2 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 16, p. 128B (stamped), sheet 16, dwelling 95, family 95, lines 35-40, James Rollins household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DC67-127 : accessed 5 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741.↩
3 Find a Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=59091049 : accessed 5 August 2016); memorial no. 59091049, Walter Rollins (11 Mar 1862-17 Feb 1910), created by Peggy Hill; citing Union Grove Cemetery, Bigbee, Monroe County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Judy Malone, Barbara Wallace, and Matthew Malone provides support for the birth and death dates.↩