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Abraham NEWMAN
Laura Plutina EDWARDS
Partner:  Abraham NEWMAN

I'm told there are court records showing Charles EDWARDS sued Laura for divorce on the grounds of adultery and that she was pregnant with John at the time.  The correspondent was named as Abraham NEWMAN.  He is possibly this man:

Subject:  Abraham NEWMAN
Birth:  1879/80, VA
Occupation:  blacksmith
Wife:  m. 1910-20, Mildred "Milly / Millie" Ann DAVIS, b. May 1866, VA
Sister-in-law:  Margaret "Maggie" J. DAVIS, b. Feb 1859, VA
Father-in-law:  Jeremiah DAVIS, b. Dec 1832, VA
Mother-in-law:  Sarah Adeline "Sally / Sallie" DAVIS b. Jun 1832, VA

The above is the only Abraham NEWMAN (or variation) in the Carroll Co., VA, censuses with any potential for having been Laura's lover.

Liaison:  ca. Mar 1907
Partner:  Laura Plutina EDWARDS
Birth:  4 Jul 1883, Carroll Co., VA
Death:  28 Oct 1974, Crystal, Mercer Co., WV
Disposition:  buried Little Hope Cemetery, Elliston, Montgomery Co., VA
Occupation:  homemaker
Other Relationships:
p1. ca. Jan 1900, Unproven, but said to be Jesse MITCHELL
m1. 26 Jun 1902, Carroll Co., VA, Charles EDWARDS
m2. 1911/2, Thomas E. CARRICO
m3. bef. 1946, Mr. HARTWELL
m4. aft. 1946, Mr. BLANKENSHIP
Stepfather:  Joshua SUMNER
Father:  Jamed Currin EDWARDS
Mother:  Sarah Elizabeth EDWARDS
Children:
1.  John EDWARDS - CARRICO, b. 24 Dec 1907
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Virginia

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Can't find Abraham.  Laura isn't born yet.

3.  1890 Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

4.  1900 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Can't find Abraham.  Laura P. EDWARDS (æ 16, b. Jul 1883, VA) is living in Piper Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 137A), with her mother and stepfather (q.v.).  Millian? DAVIS (æ 34, b. May 1866, VA) is living in Piper Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 149B), with her parents, Jeremiah DAVIS (æ 67, b. Dec 1832, VA mis-indexed "Jerome") & Serah A. (æ 67, b. Jun 1832), and sister, Margaret J. DAVIS (æ 41, b. Feb 1859, VA).

5.  1910 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Can't find Abraham or Laura or any of her children (viz., Bert, George Fulton, or John).  Melly A. DAVIS (æ 41, b. VA) is living with her sister, Margaret J. DAVIS (æ 48, b. VA), and their widowed mother, Sally A. DAVIS (æ 77, b. VA), in Pipers Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 172A).

6.  1920 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There is an Abraham NEWMAN (æ 40, b. VA) and his wife, Mildred (æ 51, b. VA), living in Hanks Pct., Pipers Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 205A), with Mildred's mother, Sallie A. DAVIS (æ 88, b. VA), and unmaried sister, Maggie, but no children.  Laura (EDWARDS) CARRICO is living in Fancy Gap Dist. Carroll co., VA, with her husband, Thomas E. CARRICO (q.v.).

7.  1930 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  There is an Abraham NEWMAN (æ 50, b. VA) and his wife, Mildred A. (æ 60, b. VA), living in Pipers Gap Dist., Carroll Co., VA (p. 144A); they have no children.  Can't find Laura.

8.  SSDI:  Social Security Death Index (online at RootsWeb.com):
Name Birth Death Last Residence SSN Issued Post-em
Laura BLANKENSHIP 04 Jul 1883 Oct 1974 24720 (West Virginia) 235-80-0134 WV No
John CARRICO 24 Dec 1907 12 Feb 1993 24737 (Montcalm, Mercer, WV) 236-10-1971 WV No

8.  Archive of the CARRICO-L Mailing List (online at RootsWeb.com).

9.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).  Has several files containing Jeremiah's family.

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