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Re: McCracken Carr

Posted: 29 Dec 2004 11:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 26 Mar 2005 5:14PM GMT
The US Congress decides what information will be enurmerated in each census and, realizing this information takes several months to gather, also decides as of what date the information will be taken. This means that, although the enumerator may not be at a specific location on the date specified, the information must be *as of* the date decided by Congress.

The 1860 census was specified to be taken as of 1 June 1860. This means that all information included by the enumerator must have occurred *before* 1 June 1860.

The data on the Samuel Marion McCracken family in the 1860 census was undoubtedly given by Samuel himself since he is the Head of Household. He states that Margarette A [Adeline] was 1 year old as of 1 June 1860 (and not yet 2 years old). Therefore, Margarette A [Adeline] McCracken was born after 1 June 1858 and before 1 June 1859. In other words, to have been 1 year old as of 1 June 1860, Margarette A [Adeline] had to have been born between 1 June 1858 and 1 June 1859. A father usually knows when his children were born and how old they are at any given time, right? Especially when his wife undoubtedly died during or as a result of the birth of one of the children - in this case Margarette A {Adeline].

The information given to the enumerator for the 1870 census was undoubtedly provided by Elam G W McCracken who was Head of Household. He is 70 years old, as is his wofe. He's reporting about a bunch of grandchildren - not his own children - and probably has no frame of reference to refer to (such as the date of the death of a daughter or daughter-in-law in childbirth). You'll notice that the ages he gives to the grandchildren living with him do not agree precisely with the dates given by their father in 1860.

You'll also notice on the 1870 census that the only child born to Samuel Marion and his 2nd wife, Kezziah ___, is Elam S McCracken who is listed as aged 8. This means that he was born somewhere around 1860 to 1862 - long after Nancy Jane (Nipps) McCracken died. His father was serving in the Civil War around that time having enlisted 8 July 1861 and "deserted" 25 July 1862 (the term "deserted" is misleading because it merely means that a soldier was not present for some roll calls and, that after missing 2 or 3 or so, was listed as having deserted. He may also have been killed around that date - or just gone home to plant a crop or to see his new child).

Hope this clears up some of your confusion.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Donald T Wolfe 30 Dec 2004 3:19AM GMT 
MystyMcPherso... 30 Dec 2004 6:41AM GMT 
MystyMcPherso... 29 Dec 2004 7:30PM GMT 
Donald T Wolfe 30 Dec 2004 3:14AM GMT 
JaneFitzmarti... 23 Feb 2005 6:53PM GMT 
MystyMcPherso... 23 Feb 2005 8:31PM GMT 
JaneFitzmarti... 24 Feb 2005 3:14AM GMT 
Jane_Fitzmart... 28 Feb 2005 6:42PM GMT 
MystyMcPherso... 28 Feb 2005 9:58PM GMT 
Carol Lay 1 Mar 2005 12:09AM GMT 
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