Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Rachael Wiseman - Kentucky/Indiana
Post Date:January 14, 2013 at 06:59:53
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

This is your problem -

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"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

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

1880 -
Name: Rachael Alexander
Age: 62
Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1880: Vienna, Scott, Indiana
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Wm. Alexander
Father's Birthplace: Kentucky
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky
Occupation: Keeping House

Wm. Alexander 60, IND
Rachael Alexander 62, KY
Robert Alexander 24, IND - married son [1856]
Mary Alexander 18, IND - d/inlaw
Roscoe Alexander 3m, IND -g/son
Rachael E. Alexander 8, IND - g/dau

1870 -
Name: Rachel Alexander
Age in 1870: 50
Birth Year: abt 1820
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1870: Vienna, Scott, Indiana
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Vienna

Wm Alexander 44, IND [1826]
Rachel Alexander 50, KY
Robert Alexander 16, IND
Mary Wiseman 16, IND
James Alexander 8, IND

1860 -
Name: Richel Alexander
Age in 1860: 42
Birth Year: abt 1818
Birthplace: Kentucky
Home in 1860: New Albany, Floyd, Indiana
Gender: Female
Post Office: New Albany

William Alexander 30, IND [1830]
Richel Alexander 42, KY
Joseph Alexander 12, IND
Robert Alexander 5, IND
Benjamin Alexander 67, NC - unknow relationship
Polly A Alexander 6, IND

Both Rachel & William gave conflicting data abt their ages & DOB's. Aperson must age either 9 or 10 years from census to census.

James Matthew /Alexander/
birth:        24 February 1862
Vienna, Scott Co, IN
death:        19 February 1931
Clark Co, IN
census:        1870
Vienna, Scott Co, IN
Cravens Cemetery - Vienna, IN
marriage:        24 December 1885
Scottsburg, Scott Co, IN
OCCUPATION:       farmer

Parents of James -
William /Alexander/
birth:        1819 Indiana
death:        1904 Vienna, Scott Co, IN
Rachel /Wiseman/
birth:        1822 Kentucky
death:        1899 Vienna, Scott County, IN