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Gladys Bentley

Census Data

1910

1920

Comments: I have always read that her mother, Mary Mote, was born in Trinidad, but this data say she was born in maryland

1930

Comments: this shows a "lodger," Beatrice Robert, age 23, who (if we trust the info) was also born in Pennsylvania, to parents from Maryland.
This may have been the data of Gladys repeated. No occupation was listed for Beatrice; could she have been "more" than a lodger?
Also, the occupation for Bentley was given as "actress," as opposed to singer or entertainer.

Voter Registration 1942

below, close-up scan...Bentley was an "actress,".....and, they were Democrats