The treasure today is the 1875 Kansas State Census record for my Smith great-great-grandparents and their family in Lincoln township, Cloud County, Kansas:
* Abbie A. Smith - age 30, female, white, Milliner, $340 in personal property, born NY, moved from Mo
* D A Smith - age 13, female, white, born Wis, moved from Mo
* D.D. Smith - age 11, male, white, born Wis, moved from Mo
* M A Smith - age 8, female, white, born Mo, moved from Mo
* P. Sears - age 16, female, white, Teacher, born Mo, moved from Wis
The source citation for this record is:
"1875 Kansas State Census Census, Population Schedule," Lincoln township, Cloud County, Kansas, page 12, dwelling #107, family #107, D.J. Smith household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com), citing original data at Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kans., on Kansas State Microfilm reel K-4.
The only significant error I see in the listing for the D.J. Smith family is:
* M.A. Smith (Mary Ann) is listed as born in Missouri, but the family Bible, and other census records, list her as born in Wisconsin.
I am intrigued that Abbie A. Smith, the wife and mother in this household, has her own "personal property" valued at $340. Abbie's parents, Samuel and Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux, were still living in 1875, yet Abbie has her own personal estate. Perhaps it is from her millinery occupation - she may have a small business in her home that has some machinery and/or inventory.
As of March 1875, Abbie is pregnant with her 5th child, to be born in June 1875.
There is also a "teacher" in this household, age 16. She may be home schooling the three children while Abbie awaits delivery of her child. I wonder what happened to her!
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