Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Joshua Powell family in TN and AL ca 1825-1840
Post Date:June 15, 2013 at 05:42:11
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Forum:Alabama Genealogy Forum
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

Census records do not record the specific locality of a person's birth. Only the state or country is recorded.

Facts you should know about the early census records –

All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.

NO specific age was stated for any family member
NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country
NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township
NO street address was stated
NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced
NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc…
NO occupation was stated
NO parental birthplaces are stated                     
NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.

Step children are not enumerated as “step” children
Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted”
Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children”
Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
Immigration date is not recorded

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++

Tennessee Marriages to 1825
about Tebitha P Hogg
Joshua W. Powell
Marriage Date:
18 Feb 1825
Marriage County:

1860 -

Joshua Powell

Age in 1860:

Birth Year:
abt 1796


Home in 1860:
Township 11 S Range 3 E, Johnson, Illinois


Post Office:

Joshua Powell 64, KY
Tobitha Powell 66, NC
David Powell 21, TN
Tobitha D Powell 17, TN

Need the 1st names + DOB's of Joshua's children born in ALA.