Edna James was born in May 1894 in Texas, daughter of Robert Kirkland James (1851-1895) and Julia Ann Pittman (1853-1931). Edna had five older siblings: Samuel Jackson James and Robert Lee James (twins); Martha Ann 'Mattie' James, Nellie Kate James, and Effie Irene James.
Edna's father died when she was only a year old. He died on August 9, 1895 in Lamar County, Texas and was buried there in Tigertown Cemetery. On January 12, 1898 in Lamar County, Texas, Edna's mother married her second husband, Thomas L. James. No children were born to this second marriage.
The 1900 Federal Census for Township 5, Indian Territory (Choctaw Nation) shows Edna James, age 5, born May 1894; born in Texas; living with her mother, Julia, age 47, born February 1853 in Texas; and her stepfather, Thomas James, a carpenter, age 63, born May 1837 in Tennessee. Five other children were living in the household, all were Julia's children by her first marriage except for Jesse Edward and George who were Thomas's sons by a former marriage: Samuel Jackson James, a miner, age 25, born January 1875 (error) in Texas; Jesse Edward James, age 15, born May 1885 (Julie's stepson); George M. James, age 12. born April 1888 (Julie's stepson); Nellie James, age 10, born June 1890; and Effie I. James, age 8, born September 1892; all born in Texas.
In about 1912, Edna married Cecil Paul Giboney, who was born January 14, 1895 in Middleburg, Kentucky (Casey County), son of James Giboney (1871-1935) and Lena Coulter (1875-1954). The 1910 Federal Census for Bokchito Ward 2, Oklahoma (Bryan County) shows Cecil, age 16, born in Kentucky; living with his father, James Giboney, working in real estate, age 35, born in Texas; and his mother, Lena, a dressmaker, age 35, born in Kentucky. Also living in the household were Cecil's two siblings: Maynona Giboney, age 14; and Coulter Giboney, age 8; both born in Kentucky.
The World War I Draft Registration Records show that Cecil Paul Giboney registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He gave his full name as Cecil Paul Giboney; his age as 23; his occupation as a cook in Morris, Oklahoma in Pappas Café; and his marital status as married with two children.
The 1920 Federal Census for Tulsa, Oklahoma (Tulsa County) shows Cecil P. Giboney, a confectionary chef, age 25, born in Kentucky; and his wife, Edna, age 24, born in Texas. Living with them were two children: Pauline Giboney, age 6; and Floyd C. Giboney, age 4 years 5 months.
The 1930 Federal Census for Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) shows Edna Giboney, age 33, born in Texas; and her husband, Paul Giboney, a restaurant chef, age 35, born in Kentucky. Living with them were four children: Julia, age 17; Floyd, age 14; Eleanor, age 10; and Peggy, age 6, all born in Texas.
Edna died June 8, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois (Cook County) and was buried there in the Rose Hill Cemetery and Mausoleum. Her death was listed on the Illinois Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947; however, some of the information contained there is incorrect, to include Edna's birth date and place and her mother's maiden name.
Cecil Paul died August 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles County) and was buried there in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California (Los Angeles County).