In the Census–52 Ancestors, Week 5

I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. The topic this week is “In the Census.”

This 1850 census record shows both my 2nd great-grandparents–Silas  McCullock (McCULLOUGH) & Sarah Jane WILLIAMS–and my 3rd great-grandparents–Nehemiah WILLIAMS & Esther (Hester) PICKERING. They’re living on neighboring farms in Bay Township of Ottawa County, Ohio. Silas and Sarah Jane were married in 1847.

When I searched census records for Nehemiah I found him and his family quite easily, but finding Silas McCULLOUGH was more difficult since it’s spelled McCullock in this census record. When I found Nehemiah’s record I noticed Silas’ name along with Sarah Jane’s. I wonder if Nehemiah and Hester gave or sold some of their land to Silas since Sarah Jane was their daughter.

Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio 1850 census record showing both Nehemiah Williams and family and Silas McCullock and wife

Seeing this census record quite early in my genealogy research taught me to look at the entire census page and sometimes the pages before and after to look for familiar names. It also showed me one of the many ways that the McCullough name was (and is) spelled. Our branch of the family settled on McCullough for the spelling, but another branch decided on McCullaugh. And we probably have other branches of the family who still spell the name McCullock. I just have never found any evidence to tie them to our family tree.

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Source Info:

Year: 1850; Census Place: Bay, Ottawa, Ohio; Roll: M432_719; Page: 163A; Image: 62

Following Enos and Ellis through the years

We all have names of family which repeat over and over again through the years. I have lots of those names in my different family lines. And they can make figuring out who is who a nightmare. In my MILLER family, for example, the furthest I have traced is to a John MILLER, born in 1753 and his daughter Catherine MILLER (who married a man apparently unrelated named John MILLER)! There are lots of John MILLERs in this family line, but I don’t really know if the names are from earlier family members or just because John is a familiar and popular name.

However, I have traced one line back to Thomas ELLIS, born 1683 in Wales who had a son named Enos Ellis. After that I’ve found the names Enos and Ellis given to many family members for almost 200 years. These names are not the usual names given to sons so I think I can say that these names were passed down through the generations–even if they didn’t know exactly where the names came from.

Enos Ellis–6th great-grandfather, born 1725; died 1783

Ellis Ellis–6th great-uncle, born 1760; died 1808

Ellis Pickering–1st cousin 6x removed, born 1780

Enos Pickering–1st cousin 6x removed, born 1783

Enos Ellis Pickering–4th great-grandfather, born 1779; died 1851

Enos Ellis Williams–3rd great-uncle, born 1833; died 1915

Eugene Ellis Williams–1st cousin 3x removed, born 1871; died 1946

Thomas Enos McCullough–great-uncle, born 1907; died 1984

Do you have any unusual recurring names in your families? Do you think I can plausibly say that these names were passed through my family?

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