I found a new piece of information about my great grandfather, Jasper Pascal Brown. I have census records, his marriage record & death record. I have family stories. I have found him in published genealogies. Each of those sources told me Jasper was born in Mississippi!
Now I know where, in Mississippi, he was born. An Ancestry search showed me Jasper’s Social Security Application. Because Jasper was born in 1865 I did not think of him as having a Social Security number. This application, for which I believe he must have supplied the information himself, gives his birth place as Gillsburg, Mississippi!
US census reports showed his parents in Amite Co., MS in 1850 & 1860 and in Pike Co., MS in 1870 & 1880. Jasper was born between those reports. Which county was he born in? Gillsburg is in Amite County.
This is just one more reminder to never overlook a resource!
Social Security Application for Jasper Pascal Brown
Name Jasper Pascal Brown
Birth Date 15 May 1865
Birth Place Gillsburg, Mississippi
Father Allen Brown
Mother Emerline [sic] Smith
Type of Claim Original SSN
Note Aug 1938
Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.