Thursday, February 7, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1885 Nebraska State Census Record for D J 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 1885 Nebraska State Census record for my Smith great-great-grandparents and their family in McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska:

The D.J. Smith family entry:

The extracted information for the family, enumerated on 15 June 1885, is:

*  D.J. Smith - white, male, age 45, wife, married, liverman, born New York, father born N Y, mother born N Y
*  Abbie Smith - white, female, age 41, daughter, married, at home, born New York, father born Eng[land]
*  Della Smith - white, female, age 23, single, born Wisconsin, father born N Y
*  Matie Smith - white, female, age 19, single, born Wisconsin, father born N Y

The source citation for this record is:

"Nebraska State Census Collection, 1860-1885," Census Year 1885, Red Willow County, McCook Township; ED 654, Page 3B, Dwelling #35, Family #35, D.J. Smith household; digital images, (, citing original data from "Schedules of the Nebraska State Census of 1885," National Archives Microfilm Publication M352, 56 rolls.

There is no indication as to the Roll number for this county in the Ancestry source citation.

The indexing for this family shows:

I have no idea why the Ancestry indexing shows "Albret" first when D.J. is clearly listed first on the actual record.

The errors in this entry include:

*  D.J. Smith is the head of household, not the wife; he is clearly listed as male
*  D.J. Smith occupation is transcribed as "Liverman" but that's my guess; it probably means "Liveryman" which is consistent with what I know about him
*  Abbie Smith is the wife, not the daughter, and her name was indexed as "Albret" (I can see how someone interpreted it as such)
*  There are no listings for the mother's birthplace for Abbie, Della and Matie

This is the last census entry I have for Devier J. Smith, who died in 1894 in McCook.  Della and Matie married soon after 1885, and Abbie moved to San Diego, where Della (Smith) Carringer had moved in 1887, before Devier's death.

Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver

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