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Nathaniel Johnson from Saco, Maine

Nathaniel Johnson from Saco, Maine

Posted: 18 Nov 2012 2:50AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Johnson/Sebastian
Would anyone have any information on Nathaniel Johnson married to Nancy Sebastian? B. of Nathaniel is March 18, 1780; D. February 20, 1852. Would like to know who his parents were, and where he was born. I can't go any further in my family tree. Their children were born in Saco, Maine. I have looked EVERYWHERE for him and not having much luck. Anything anyone could share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Re: Nathaniel Johnson from Saco, Maine

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 1:24PM GMT
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.

You are at the end of the road.

This is your problem -

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 +++

Re: Nathaniel Johnson from Saco, Maine

Posted: 18 Jan 2013 11:06PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you very much for your reply. I do know that Nathaniel's father was listed as James Jonson in some city records and he (James) is listed in the 1790 census and that is it. I am checking death records for the city that James supposedly died in.

Thanks again..........
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