Thursday, February 21, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1880 U.S. Census Record for D J Smith Family

It's Treasure Chest Thursday - time to look in my digital image files to see what treasures I can find for my family history and genealogy musings.

The treasure today is the 1880 U.S. Census record for my Smith great-great-grandparents and their family in Shannon, Pottawatomie County, Kansas:

The D.J. Smith household entry is:

The extracted information for the household, enumerated on 10-11 June 1880, is:

*  D.J. Smith - white, male, age 41, married, born N.Y., father born N.Y., mother born N.Y.
*  Abba A. Smith - white, female, age 37, Wife, married, Keeping house, born N.Y., father born England, mother born N.Y.
*  David D. Smith - white, male, age 16, Son, single, born Wis., father born N.Y., mother born N.Y.
*  Mamia Smith - white, female, Daughter, single, born Wis., father born N.Y., mother born N.Y.
*  E. Kearns - white, male, age 21, single, born Iowa
*  Jos. P. Vaux - white, male, age 35, Brother-in-law, married, born N.Y., father born England, mother born N.Y.

The source citation for this record is:

1880 United States Federal Census, Pottawatomie County, Kansas, Population Schedule, Shannon township: Page 243D, dwelling #125, family #125, D.J. Smith household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 393.

The errors and omissions in this entry include:

*  Devier J. Smith was probably born in May 1839, so his age is correct (this is important because other records - Bible, obituary, gravestone, newspaper) say he was born in 1842.  I don't know why he doesn't have an occupation in this record.  Devier Smith has an entry in the 1880 Agricultural Census in Shannon also.
*  Abba A. Smith's name was Abigail, and she went by Abbie.  She was born in October 1844, so she is 35 years old, not 37.
*  Mamia Smith's name is Mary Ann and she went by Matie.
*  I have no idea who E. Kearns is - perhaps a farm hand?
*  Jos. P. Vaux is Abbie (Vaux) Smith's brother, James P. Vaux, born in 1847, so really age 33.  James Vaux is also enumerated, with his family, in Jewell County, Kansas.

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