Alicia, you no doubt already know this, but in case you don't that mark that looks like Iowa on the census records is actually "do" small case "d", it looks like an "I". and it stand for "ditto", not Iowa. In that case, it shows him born in Ireland. Good luck, I've started afresh this week. I'm checking out what someone else put with a Ralph Jefferson and Jane McKenzie or Mawhinney. I'll let you know if I find anything concrete. There's a marriage in 1848 in Lisburn, Antrim,Ireland for them and there's a Jane on the ship
Wm.Tapscott, with a child, William, age 7 in 1858, who could possibly link up. I still can't figure out why in the other census it lists his father born in Scotland, his mother born in Wisconsin, and him born in Ireland. That just doesn't make sense. I think the census taker got distracted with all the Wisconsin births on the lines above and made a mistake.