Thursday, March 13, 2014

A difficult name to get right

Underwood, Miss Leila This is possibly the Florence Velelah Underwood, daughter of James Beauford Underwood (1854—1934) and Mary Lou Platt (1852—1918) of Dale and later, Houston County, Alabama. She was born July 5, 1877, probably in Dale County. She became the second wife of James Alexander McLeod (also spelled McCloud) circa 1910. They had four children and lived on a farm near Piney Grove in Houston County. She died March 4, 1943 and is buried in the Selma Church Cemetery at Dothan, Houston County, Alabama. In the censuses her name is variously given as Valula F., F. V., F. Velelia, and Lela. Velelah is the spelling on her tombstone. The 1902 Sacred Harp gives her name as Leila (138, 227) and Lelia (348). It is assumed this is the same individual.
138b     Ogletree (alto)
227       Baptismal Anthem (alto)
348b     Blessed Forever (arranged)

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