Thursday, February 28, 2013
Treasure Chest Thursday - 1880 U.S. Census for Abigail A. 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 one of my Smith great-great-grandparents and their family in Blue Rapids, Marshall County, Kansas (note I posted about some members of this same family last week in Treasure Chest Thursday - 1880 U.S. Census Record for D J Smith Family):
The Abigail A. Smith household entry is:
The extracted information for the household, enumerated on 8 June 1880, is:
* Abagail A. Smith - white, female, age 36, married, Keeps house, born New York, father born England, mother born New York.
* Della Smith - white, female, age 18, Daughter, single, at home, born Wisconsin, father born New York, mother born New York.
* Mary A. Smith - white, female, age 14, Daughter, single, at home, born Wisconsin, father born New York, mother born New York.
* Samuel Vaux - white, male, age 65, Father
in law, married. Without occup., born England, father born England, mother born England
* Mary A. Vaux - white, female, age 65, Mother, married, Without occup., born New York, father born Vermont, mother born New Hampshire
* Orpha Woodward - white, female, age 17, Niece, single, At home, born Wisconsin, father born
New York Vt., mother born New York.
The source citation for this record is:
1880 United States Federal Census, Marshall County, Kansas, Population Schedule, Blue Rapids township: Page 205C, dwelling #57, family #65, Abagail A. Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T9, Roll 388.
The errors and omissions that I see in this record include:
* Abigail (Vaux) Smith should be age 35 (born in October 1844), not 36.
* Della Smith's given name was Abbie Ardell Smith, but she went by Della.
* Samuel Vaux should be age 64 (born in January 1816).
* Mary A. Vaux's father's birthplace should be New Hampshire, not Vermont.
* Orpha Woodward was probably born in May 1864, so age 16, not age 17.
This census record provides so many clues that help me put families together.
* Abigail (Vaux) Smith is the head of household here - is it because this is the home of Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux and they are unable to support themselves? Samuel Vaux died in October 1880, and Mary Ann Vaux died in 1883.
* Abigail (Vaux) Smith is also enumerated with her husband and two of their children (Mary and David, but not Della) in Pottawatomie County, Kansas in the 1880 census (see Treasure Chest Thursday - 1880 U.S. Census Record for D J Smith Family).
* The relationships of Samuel and Mary A. Vaux as Father and Mother of Abigail supports the conclusion that Abigail is their daughter. The only other information I have that supports that conclusion is Abigail's death certificate.
* The relationship of Orpha Woodward as the Niece of Abigail smith supports the conclusion that she is the daughter of Mary Almeda (Vaux) Woodward (Abigail's oldest sister) and her husband, James G. Woodward (who apparently died before 1880).
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