I have not seen any absolute documentation that Peter Bloom is the father of Elizabeth Bloom, but the 1830 Missouri Census has an intriguing clue. My wife traces her ancestry through the marriage of Peter Bloom (b. 1787) to Rachel Sebastian (b abt. 1800). They were married about 1820 and had seven children, the oldest being Phoebe Bloom (b. 1821) who is my wifeâ€™s gg-grandmother. In the 1830 Census, there is only one Bloom family listed in Missouri. I would have expected to see five family members, but there are eight. The Census age ranges show one male under Age 5 (unknown and probably died in infancy), two males 5-10 (James and William), one male 15-20 (unknown), one male 40-50 (Peter). For females, there is one 5-10 (Phoebe), one 15-20 (unknown), and one 30-40 (Rachel). The two â€œteenageâ€ children is what is intriguing. They are not the children of Rachel, obviously. Peter is Rachelâ€™s senior by 13 years. The only other â€œBloomâ€ to come to Missouri was Peterâ€™s sister Elizabeth, but who died in 1797 (married to Bartholomew Burtcher of the extremely â€œcolorfulâ€ Burtcher family). It would appear to be possible and logical that Peter had a first wife who is unknown and then named their first daughter â€œElizabethâ€ after his sister. No proof, just guesswork at this point. Peter Bloomâ€™s parentage is unknown other than he was born in Maryland (possibly Baltimore) in 1787. His sister and the Burtcherâ€™s (three brothers) took young Peter with them to what was then Spanish/French Louisiana around 1797. (Perhaps both parents of Peter and Elizabeth were dead by 1797.) There is an exceptional amount of documentation on Burtchers and Peter Bloom in the Ste. Genevieve area of Pre-U.S. Louisiana, mainly provided through the Burtcher web site, http://www.burtcher.com
. Be careful in using the data at Ancestry.com in some of the One World Tree lists as there is confusion between Peter Bloom who was born and died in Pennsylvania and our Peter Bloom from Missouri. However, there is one final clue in the 1790 Census for Maryland. The only Bloom listed is Adam Bloom of Frederick, Maryland (not far from Baltimore). They is one male over age 16 (Adam), 2 males under 16 (is Peter one of them?) and four females (Elizabeth in that group?).