Thursday, December 20, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1900 U.S. Census Record for Charles Auble 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 Auble great-grandparents and their family in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois:

The entry for the Charles Auble family is:

The extracted information for the family, residing at 515 West Adams Street in the 11th Ward of Chicago, taken on 8 June 1900, is:

*  Charles Auble -- head of household, white, male, born Oct 1864, age 35, married 2 years, born New Jersey, parents born New Jersey, 0 months not employed, a decorator (house), can read, write and speak English, resides in a house [no indication if renting or owns]
*  Georgia Auble -- wife, white, female, born Aug 1868, age 31, married 2 years, 1 child born, 1 living, born English Canada, parents born English Canada, immigrated in 1889, resident of US for 11 years, can read, write and speak English
*  Emily K. Auble -- daughter, white, female, born Aug 1899, age 10 months, single, born IL, father born New Jersey, mother born English Canada
*  Franklin Kemp -- Brother-in-law, white, male, born Feb 1880, age 20, single, born English Canada, parents born English Canada, can read, write and speak English

The source citation for this record is:

1900 United States Census, Cook County, Illinois, population schedule, Chicago 11th Ward, ED 376, Sheet 8B, dwelling #75, family #112, Charles Auble household; digital image, ( : accessed 29 October 2011), citing National Archives Microfilm Publication T623, Roll 257

The errors or discrepancies I see in this entry include:

*  Charles Auble age is listed as 35 with a birth month of October 1864.  He was actually born in October 1849, and lied about his age throughout his married life, even unto death.

*  Georgia (actually Georgianna, but she went by Georgia) (Kemp) Auble's immigration date is given as 1889, which is similar to several other dates on other documents.  

*  This is the first record I've found for my grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble, and it lists her correct birth month of August 1899.  I have been unable to find a birth record or certificate for her in Chicago.

*  If I hadn't already known that Georgianna's maiden name was Kemp, the presence of brother-in-law Franklin Kemp in this household would be a solid clue.  His birth name, according to Ontario records, is Alfred Francis Edward Kemp, however.  I wonder why there is no notation in his immigration field on the census form?

If the street address of 515 West Adams Street in Chicago is correct, then Union Station now occupies the space where this residence (an apartment house?) was located.  I know that there was a house numbering system change after 1900, so it may be that the residence still exists.  See the Comments to Tuesday's Tip - Find Ancestral Homes using Google Maps.

Copyright (c) 2012, Randall J. Seaver

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. Wonder why a man would lie about his age? More a woman thing. :) Thanks for sharing.