Thursday, October 25, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1900 U.S. Census Record for Henry Carringer 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 1900 United States Census record for my Carringer great-grandparents and their family in San Diego, San Diego County, California:

The entry for the Henry A. Carringer family is:

The extracted information for the family, residing on Watkins Avenue (now Hawthorn Street) in San Diego, taken on 11 June 1900, is:

*  Henry A. Carringer -- head of household, white, male, born Nov 1853, age 46, married, married 12 years, born Pennsylvania, parents born Pennsylvania, a carpenter, 0 months not employed, able to read, write, and speak English, owns house with a mortgage
*  Della A. Carringer -- wife, white, female, born Apr 1862, age 38, married, married 12 years, 2 children born, 1 living, born Wisconsin, parents born New York, able to read, write and speak English
*  Lyle L. Carringer -- son, white, male, born Nov 1891, age 8, single, born California, father born Pennsylvania, mother born Wisconsin, able to read
*  Abby A. Smith -- mother-in-law, white, female, born Oct 1844, age 55, widowed, 2 children born, 2 living, born New York, father born England, mother born New England, able to read, write and speak English.

The source citation for this census entry is:

1900 United States Federal Census, San Diego County, California, Population Schedule, San Diego City 4th Ward; ED 194, Sheet 19A, Dwelling #440, Family #488, Henry A. Carringer household; digital image, (, citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 99.

The new information for me in this record was Henry's employment information, and that they had a mortgage on their home.  

The birth month/year information is correct for all four persons.  

The errors or discrepancies I see in this record include:

*  I wonder why Lyle's entry did not have him able to write or speak English.  At age 8, he should be able to speak English in this household of English speakers.
*  Abby A. Smith's entry has several errors - she had 5 children born, and 3 living in 1900; her mother was born in New York, not New England.

While the address is "Watkins Ave." in San Diego, this is the house which was built on the northeast corner of the present intersection of 30th Street and Hawthorn Street in San Diego.  The street names in this part of San Diego were changed after 1900 and before 1910.  

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

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