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William Thurston m. Elizabeth Houk, Berkeley County VA

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Re: William Thurston m. Elizabeth Houk, Berkeley County VA

Posted: 23 Oct 2012 8:24AM GMT
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

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 +++


1850 -
Need 1st names + DOB's + birthplaces for these "several" children.

Whiilam Thurston in not listed in 1850 OH.

OH Vital Records -
Prior to September 7, 1949, marriages were record at the county probate courts as each county was formed. At that time, an index of all Ohio marriages was not maintained. It was not until 1949, that a statewide index of marriages that occurred in Ohio was created at the state level with the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics. While the state Office of Vital Statistics maintains indexes of all marriages, the county probate courts where the married couples applied for their license is where the official marriage certificate resides.


Mark Kassouf
Compliance Manager/State Mass Fatality Planner/Chief Fraud Officer
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
614-644-0165

Ohio law established the Bureau of Vital Statistics on December 20, 1908. On that date, the mandatory registration of birth and death certificates occurred. Since that time, all birth and death certificates have been registered through our office.

Mark Kassouf
Assistant State Registrar/Chief Fraud Officer
Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics


1810 -
Name: William Thurston
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): King and Queen, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 10: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 26 thru 44: 1
Number of Household Members Under 16: 2
Number of Household Members Over 25: 2
Number of Household Members:

1820 -
Name: William H Threatt
[William Thurston]
[William Shepherd]
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Urbanna, Middlesex, Virginia
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons - Males - 45 and over: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 15: 1
Slaves - Females - 14 thru 25: 1
Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 2
All Other Persons Except Indians not Taxed: 3
Free White Persons - Under 16: 1
Free White Persons - Over 25: 1
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 6

1840 -
Name: William Thurston
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Lexington, Rockbridge, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 2
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 3
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 3

1840 -
Name: William Thurton
[William Thurston]
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Mathews, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves - Males - 10 thru 23: 1
Persons Employed in Learned Professional Engineers: 1
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 1
Total Free White Persons: 1
Total Slaves: 1
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 2


As you can see, there is very little info in the early census'.
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