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William McCreary

William McCreary

Posted: 9 Mar 2013 4:14AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: McCreary
Searching for William McCreary who lived here early 1800s and then moved to Black Hawk Purchase in Illinois and then to Lee County, Iowa.

Re: William McCreary

Posted: 9 Mar 2013 2:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.



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 +++


Need dates.
WHO did he marry??
Need her 1st name + DOB + birthplace.
Need 1st names + DOB's + birthplaces for all children.

Re: William McCreary in Urbana, Champaign Co., Ohio

Posted: 9 Mar 2013 3:40PM GMT
Classification: Query
I am well acquainted with census records and what they show and don't show.

My William McCreary is allusive. He was born ca 1795-1800 in PA and probably moved to Licking Co., OHio with his parents and siblings in 1810. From there he disappears and I don't know a wife's name. There are several other William McCrearys in Knox Co but I don't know who their parents are. "Family stories" say William lived in Urbana, Champaign Co., OHio, then moved to Black Hawk Purchase in Illinois and then to Lee County, Iowa but I can't find him in any othese places so far.
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