Thursday, March 21, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - 1870 U.S. Census Record 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 1870 United States Census record for my Smith 3rd great-grandparents  in Benton township, Taylor County, Iowa:

The Ronslo Smith entry is:

The extracted information for the family, with an enumeration date of 9 August 1870, is:

*  Ronslo Smith - age 65, male, white, a farmer, real estate worth $700, born New York, a male citizen of the U.S. over age 21
*  Julia M. Smith - age 47, female, white, keeping house, real estate worth $3000, born New York
*  Edwin Johnston - age 19, male, white, at home, real estate worth $950, born Pennsylvania, attended school within the last year.

Note that the enumeration for Ronslo Smith's family is three dwellings below the enumeration for his son's family (Devier Smith) in Benton Township.

The source citation for this census record is:

1870 United States Federal Census, Taylor County, Iowa, Population Schedule, Benton township: Page 13, dwelling #210, family #210, Ronslo Smith household; digital image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Series M593, Roll 421.

The only obvious error I see in this enumeration is in Ranslow Smith's first name - it is "Ronslo" in this record, and that may be a clue as to how he pronounced the name. 

Ranslow's first wife, Mary (Bell) Smith, died in 1865 in Wisconsin, and it is apparent that he married a second wife, Julia (--?--) Johnston before 1870 (I don't have a source for the marriage in Bedford, Iowa on 8 October 1868).  Julia's son, Edwin, is residing with Julia and her new husband.    Both Julia and Edwin own some real property somewhere, perhaps it is in Taylor County, Iowa.  

I know that Ranslow Smith moved to Andrew County, Missouri before his death in 1875, but I don't know what happened to Julia and Edwin. Ranslow Smith's will, written in 1866 in Wisconsin, does not mention his wife, Julia, and the probate records in Andrew County, Missouri don't mention her either.

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