Thursday, March 28, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1860 U.S. Census for Ranslow 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 1860 United States Census record for my Smith 3rd great-grandparents  in Town of Oak Grove, Dodge County, Wisconsin:

The Ranslow Smith family enumeration:

The extracted information for the family, with an enumeration date of 3 July 1860, is:

* Ranslow Smith - age 55, male, a Farmer and Inn Keeper, $7800 in real property, $930 in personal property, born in State New York

*  Mary Smith, wife - age 55, female, born State New York
*  Devier Smith - age 21, male, a Farm Laborer, $1232 in personal property, born State New York
*  John Eaton - age 42, male, born State New York
*  Lewis Eaton - age 25, male, Blacksmith, born Hanover
*  Frederick Yankee - age 24, male, a Shoemaker, born Hanover
*  Elizabeth Cole - age 28, female, Domestic, born State New York
*  John Ely - age 26, male, Farm laborer, born Vermont
*  William Hampf - age 20, male, Farm laborer, born Germany

The source citation for this census record is:

1860 United States Federal Census, Dodge County, Wisconsin, Population Schedule, Oak Grove; Page 745, Dwelling #704, Family #701, Ranslow Smith household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M653, Roll 1406.

I don't see any errors in the enumeration for Ranslow, Mary and Devier Smith.  

Ranslow and Mary owned the Four Mile House in Rolling Prairie, very near the railroad station there.  Devier ran the livery business - feeding and watering horses, providing transportation service to the area with stage coaches, buggies and the like.  I think that is why Devier has a fairly significant personal estate - he had a fairly large stock of horses, livery vehicles and supplies.  

I'm curious about the other persons in the household - the blacksmith and shoemaker probably worked in the livery stable, the domestic probably worked in the Inn, and the farm workers worked on the farm producing food for the inn and fodder for the livery stable.  

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