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03 April 2013

Hiding in pre-1850 Census Records?

While the head of household in pre-1850 US census records is usually the oldest male, there are exceptions. The head of household could be an adult male in his forties or fifties and "grandpa" could be living in the household as well, but not named as the head of household. Older parents, or even grandparents, could be "hiding" in a pre-1850 census as a "tick mark" in one of those older age categories.

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  1. I HAVE SEARCHED FOR WASHINGTON A. DEVANEY IN NC. THE 1880 CENSUS SAYS HE WAS BORN IN 1826 IN NC. WOULD APPRECIATE ANY HELP.

    ALSO HAVE SEARCHED FOR CLARISSA ANN KEY, SUPPOSEDLY BORN IN NC. AROUND 1830-1840. THE ONLY CLARISSA ANN KEY I HAVE FOUND IS SAID TO HAVE DIED AT AGE 14. I KNOW THE ONE WHO WAS MY GG-GRANDMOTHER DID NOT DIE UNTIL MUCH LATER. SHE MARRIED JOHN B. KENT SOMETIME AROUND THE START OF THE CIVIL WAR. HE WAS FROM LA. HE WAS KILLED IN THE CIVIL WAR AND SOMETIME LATER SHE MARRIED JEREMIAH STEPHENS. THEY LIVED IN CHEROKEE & PICKENS CO. GA (BOTH) I THINK.
    HER SON, MY G-GRANDPA WAS NAMES JOHN B. KENT BUT UNOFFICIALLY CHANGED HIS NAME TO JOHN WILLIAM KENT. HE WAS BORN IN COOSA CO., AL SO I KNOW AT SOME POINT SHE LIVED THERE. ANY LEADS WOULD BE APPRECIATED.

    THANKS, NETTIE MARIE KENT BURT

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