Thursday, July 4, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1820 U.S. Census Record for Jonathan Oatley Household

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 1820 United States Census record for Jonathan Oatley (one of my 3rd great-grandfathers) in South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island.

The entry for the Jonathan Oatley household:

The Jonathan Oatley entry indicates (conducted 7 August 1820):

*  3 males under age 10 [probably sons John (born 1815), Joseph (born 1817) and possibly Lorenzo (born 1820/1]]
*  1 male aged 26 to 45 [certainly Jonathan Oatley]
*  1 female under age 10 [either daughter Almira (born 1817) or Nancy (born 1818)]
*  1 female aged 16 to 26 [certainly Amy (Champlin) Oatley, Jonathan's wife]
*  1 person engaged in agriculture [probably Jonathan]

The source citation for this entry is:

1820 United States Federal Census, Washington County, Rhode Island, Population Schedule, South Kingstown; digital image, ( : accessed 29 October 2011), Page 105, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M33, Roll 115.

I had to check the column headings on the 1820 U.S. Census Form to determine what they were.  I found one at

According to the information in the Oatley Family book (Harry J. Oatley, The Oatley Family in America and Their Descendants (Providence, R.I. : The Oatley Family Association, 1970), page 40), there should have been two sons and two daughters in 1820 when this census was taken.  I don't know if the respondent made an error (saying 3 males and 1 female) or if Lorenzo was born in 1820 and not 1821, and one of the females was missed.  All of the known children born before 1830 lived to adulthood, according to the Oatley book.

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