I have been looking for the parents of my third-great-grandmother, Susan Miller Davis, for twenty years. Today, I finally found a document that lists their names, on the U.S., Cherokee Baker Roll and Records, 1924-1929 application for Susan’s son and my great-great uncle, Lorenzo Dow Davis, Jr.
The Duh! part of this discovery is that Susan’s grandson (my great-grandfather) was named Arch Miller Corn. He named his son (my great-uncle) Arch Miller Corn, Jr. It never occurred to me that his name could have been Susan’s father’s name, even though I knew her maiden name was Miller. But now, in hindsight, it seems like a perfectly obvious clue. Duh!
This case also serves as a great reminder that it is vital to research every family member, not just direct line ancestors. The needed clue could be in the least expected place.