Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestor With Most Census Entries

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another wonderful Saturday Night assignment:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Census records? How many years? Are there duplicate entries?
2) Describe that ancestor's entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.
I checked several ancestors who I know lived a long life. The best candidate turned out to be my daughter's paternal 2nd great-grandfather.

Amos Gorrell, Jr. lived from 1837-1928. He appeared in 9 census records from 1840 to 1920.

  • 1840, he was just a tick mark in the Beaver Co. Pennsylvania household of Amos Gorrell (his father) as one of the males under age 5.
  • 1850, he was 13 year old in the Jackson Co, Ohio household of Amos Gorrell (his father)
  • 1860, he was a 23 year old in the Ross Co, Ohio household of Amos Gorrell (his father)
  • 1870, he was a 33 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife, Catherine, stepson, May, and children Luella, Sarah, and Joseph.
  • 1880, he was a 43 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife, Catherine, stepson, May, and children Luella, Sarah, Joseph, Ada, and Arthur.
  • 1890, he would have been a 53 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri; however the 1890 census did not survive. Yet, he did appear in the 1890 Veteran's Schedule, serving in the 18th Ohio Infantry volunteer.
  • 1900, he was a 63 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife Catherine, and daughter Ada.
  • 1910, he was a 73 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife Catherine.
  • 1920, he was a 82 year old head of household (however living alone) in Cooper Co, Missouri

His age was consistent through out his life. He was a farmer. Ancestry.com does not have agriculture schedules for Missouri, and neither does the FamilySearch Library. However, the State Historical Society of Missouri does have the agriculture schedules for Missouri. Something to put on the To-Do list!

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