Birth: 1852, Mississippi, U.S.A.; 275
Death: c. 1886; Tallahatchie, County, Mississippi, USA; She died soon after Rowena was born.
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"Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935" includes marriage information for R.B. Thayer and Litta Collins. The date and names are consistent with this ancestor and her husband, as well as oral family history. As there has been no success in finding any historical evidence for the name Collier for this ancestor, her name is being changed to match that found in citation 306. - jmh Jan. 12, 2014.
She died shortly after the birth of Rowena.
Her middle name may be spelled with just one "L".
On the back of an old photograph of Rowan Thayer and his wife (probably Lilla) is written the following: "On June 15, 1930, at 9 pm (Sunday, Dad’s day), my dearest Dad rejoined his beloved wife Lilla Collier, in the better land after a short illness of only two weeks duration here in my home in Cleveland. He died at my sister’s home in Boyle, having returned there on Friday the 13th. He had heart trouble. He was 85 years old."
According to John Adair House, his mother Rowena, Rowen's daughter, wrote the above passage.
Rowan's second wife (or perhaps his mother) may have had the maiden name of "Bridges".
According to the 1910 census, Perkins (Nathaniel) and Rowena House had a 78 year old woman living with them with the last name of "Collier" (can't read the first name) who is listed as "Grandmother". If it assumed that this refers to Lilla, then she did not die shortly after Rowena's birth, but rather wound up living with Nathaniel and Rowena after they were married. However, one possible explanation, since this database indicates that Rowena's father, Rowan, married a second time in 1887, then this woman listed as the grandmother was, in fact, Rowena's maternal grandmother (Lilla's mother). This theory is consistent with dating for these ancestors. If Lilla was born about 1850, then the woman living with Nathaniel and Rowena was too old by about 18 years to be Lilla. That would be just the right age to have been Lilla's mother.
According to the 1880 US Federal Census for Mississippi, Lilla was born in Mississippi.
275 1880 US Federal Census for Tallahatchie County, Mississippi.
306 Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935