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

Finding Lillie in the 1930 census

My great-grandmother Lillie CHAMBERS became a widow when her husband John Leland “Lee” MILLER died in 1916 in Paulina, Crook County, Oregon. Her oldest son was 20 and took over running the general store in the tiny town of Paulina.

Her two other sons were 16 and 8 in 1916. She came to Oregon in the 1890’s to teach school and that’s what she did until she married my great-grandfather. After his death she started teaching again and taught in various schools throughout Crook County.

I found Lillie and her two younger sons in the 1920 census still living in Paulina (listed as the Beaver Precinct in the Census¹):

1920 Census
Lillie Miller and her two sons–Eugene and Joe–listed at the bottom. She’s 48 years old, widowed and teaching public school

If you look at the top of the census form Lyle & May Miller are listed. Arthur Lyle MILLER was Lillie’s oldest son. Lyle and May were my grandparents. His occupation is “Retail Merchant–Groceries” and May’s occupation is “Postmistress–Government.” Lyle and May got married in 1918.

I searched for Lillie MILLER in the 1930 census records, but she wasn’t living in Paulina. I knew she didn’t die until the 1950’s and that she stayed in Crook County, Oregon and taught in various schools, but I was unable to find her.

However, one day when I was searching for my grandmother’s brothers and sisters to add to my family tree I found one of my grandmother’s brothers in the 1930 census² (see below) and when I looked down the page there was Lillie! She was boarding in someone’s home and still teaching school. She was still in Crook County, but was living in the Maury area of Crook County.

1930 Census, Maury, Crook, Oregon
Lillie Miller is near the bottom of this page. Listed as a boarder with the Morris family, 59 years old, widowed, teaching public school

The household above the Morris family shows James and Viola McCULLOUGH and their daughter Maxine. James was my Grandma May’s brother.

Finding Lillie in this census record was just chance on my part, but it did remind me to check the rest of the census page to see if there are other people I recognize on the page. And I have found other census records which show two or more families which are ancestors. For example, I found a census record in the 1800’s  which showed two families living next door to each other and I realized that a son and daughter from each family married a few years later. That’s always nice to find…and a good reminder to keep my eyes open!

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Source Info:

¹Year: 1920; Census Place: Beaver, Crook, Oregon; Roll: T625_1491; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 28; Image: 475.

²Year: 1930; Census Place: Maury, Crook, Oregon; Roll: 1939; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0015; Image: 465.0; FHL microfilm: 2341673.

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