Monday, August 13, 2012

Finding My Folks in the 1940 U.S. Census - Post 5: The Schaffner Line

In my previous posts, I found some of my Seaver, Richmond and Carringer family members in the 1940 U.S.Census on Ancestry.com, but not all of them.  My grandmother was missing, as was my uncle Edward R. Seaver.  See Finding My Folks in the 1940 U.S. Census on Ancestry.com - Post 1: Seaver LineFinding My Folks in the 1940 U.S. Census on Ancestry.com - Post 2: Richmond Line, Finding My Folks in the 1940 U.S. Census - Post 3: The Carringer Line, and Finding My Folks In the 1940 U.S. Census - Post 4: the Leland Line.

In this post, I'm going to look for my wife's Schaffner relatives.  Her parents, Leo Severt Leland (1911-2002) and Edna May Schaffner (1913-1979) had siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins.  I made a list of the Schaffner (and related) relatives to search for in the 1940 U.S. Census.  Here is my list, and what I found: 

1)  Edna C. (McKnew) Schaffner (1884-1974) was enumerated with her daughter, Muriel Mertes), son-in-law (S. Blair Mertes) and granddaughter (Jean), residing at 46 Rivoli Street in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.



The Mertes names were enumerated and indexed correctly, but the index for Edna Schaffner was as "Eona" rather than "Edna."  

2)  Frederick W. Schaffner (1888-1952, brother of Paul Schaffner, husband of Edna), his wife, daughter and parents-in-law were residing in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California, at 147 Crescent Avenue.



I think that all of these persons were enumerated and indexed correctly.

3)  Allethia (McKnew) Harper (1867-1959, sister of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner) and her husband John Harper (1862-1946) should be enumerated in California, most likely in the Bay Area.  I could find no entry for them despite using all of my search tricks.  

4)  Alfred H. McKnew (1869-1943, brother of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner), his daughter Alice McKnew, and granddaughter Alice Woodbeck, resided at 225 20th Avenue in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.

I think that all of these persons were enumerated correctly, although Mary Alice Woodbeck is the daughter of Gertrude McKnew, who died in 1933.  Ancestry indexed the McKnew surname as "Mc Knew" which I count as an indexing error.  So, two indexing errors here, one correct.

5)  Alice (McKnew) Hayes (1972-1959, sister of Edna McKnew, widow of Phineas Hayes) should be enumerated in California, and probably in the Bay Area.  There is a lodger, Alice Hayes, age 66, single, residing in Berkeley, Alameda County, California that may be her.  I can't tell.  No demerits here!

6)  Anna (Goff) McKnew (1872-1958, widow of Henry McKnew, brother of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner) resided at 846 34th Avenue in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.  



Ancestry indexed the McKnew surname as "Mc Knew" which I count as an indexing error.

7)  George McKnew (1879-1944, brother of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner) resided in Kern County, California.  He was a lodger, age 61.


  
Ancestry indexed the McKnew surname as "Mc Knew" which I count as an indexing error.

8)  Lilly (McKnew) Gardiner (1876-1958) and her husband Charles Gardiner (1875-) resided at 1301 Sanchez in Burlingame, San Mateo County, California.



I think that these two persons were enumerated and indexed correctly.

9)  Belle (McKnew) Ewald (1882-1974, sister of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner) and her husband Paul Ewald were enumerated at 23 Landers in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.



I think that these two persons were enumerated and indexed correctly.

10)  Agnes Matilda (Hansen) (McKnew) Zimmer (1889-1970, widow of Leland McKnew, brother of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner) and her husband Arthur Zimmer were not found in the Bay Area or Sacramento, California, despite using all of my search tricks.  Two missing persons errors here!

11)  Gladys (McKnew) Rose (1892-1955, sister of Edna (McKnew) Schaffner) and her husband Henry F. Rose (1880-1965) resided at 1288 30th Avenue in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.  



I think that these two persons were enumerated and indexed correctly.

The tally for this set of 1940 US Census records on Ancestry.com are:

*  12 correctly enumerated and indexed
*  4 missing from the census (or I can't find them)
*  0 erroneous enumeration entries
*  5 erroneous index entry
 

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Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

3 comments:

Pam said...

Randy, I married a Schaffner. They hailed from Beverly, Mass. My ex-husband's two uncles changed the spelling to Shafner to sound less German during the WW II years. But my ex-father-in-law was very involved with Palatines to America, and would probably be very supportive of my current interest in genealogy.

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