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Look up request Mathias / Wheeler Marriage

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Re: Look up request Mathias / Wheeler Marriage

Posted: 20 May 2013 6:05AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 20 May 2013 8:02AM GMT
Surnames: Matthews
I’m not related to any member of this family.


These are the problems with early census records -

Facts you should know about the early census records –

All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]

1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++


1840 - this is the only Daniel Matthews in OH
Name: Daniel Matthews
[Daniel Mathews]
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Fox, Carroll, Ohio
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 3


1870 -
Name: Billingo Matthews
[Billings Matthews]

Age in 1870: 23
Birth Year: abt 1847
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1870: Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Black River Falls


Billingo Matthews 23, OH
Charlotte Matthews 22, OH
Eugene Matthews 3, WI
Jerome Matthews 8m, Sept. 1869, WI


1880 -
Name: Billings Mathews
Age: 35
Birth Year: abt 1845
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1880: Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Charlotte Mathews
Father's Birthplace: Ohio
Mother's Birthplace: Ohio
Occupation: Farmer

Billings Mathews 35, OH - farmer
Charlotte Mathews 30, OH
Eugene Mathews 12, MI
Jerome Mathews 10, WI
Herman Mathews 8, WI
Edwin Mathews 2, WI

1900 - By 1900 [20 yrs later] Billings is listed as being widowed.
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descendentz 20 May 2013 7:32AM GMT 
thomasker2 20 May 2013 12:05PM GMT 
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