Thursday, March 14, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1870 U.S. Census Record Devier 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 1870 United States Census record for my Smith great-great-grandparents and their family in Benton township, Taylor County, Iowa:

The Devier Smith entry is:

The extracted information for the family, with an enumeration date of 9 August 1870, is:

*  Devier Smith - age 30, male, white, a farmer, real property worth 10,000, personal property worth $800, born New York, a male citizen of the U.S. aged over 21.
*  Abbie Smith - age 26, female, white, keeping house, born New York, father of foreign birth.
*  Della Smith - age 8, female, white, at Home, born Wisconsin, attended school within the year.
*  David Smith - age 6, male, white, at Home, born Wisconsin, attended school within the year.
*  Mary Smith - age 4, female, white, at Home, born Wisconsin.

The source citation for this census record is:

1870 United States Federal Census, Taylor County, Iowa, Population Schedule, Benton township: Page 13, dwelling #207, family #207, Devier Smith household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Series M593, Roll 421.

I don't see any errors in this enumeration for the Devier Smith family.  I'm impressed that Devier has a farm worth a lot of money, and I wonder if he owned it outright or if he had a mortgage to pay.  A search of land records in Taylor county may reveal more.

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