Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Drinkwater/Butler - NEED HELP!!
Post Date:August 10, 2012 at 05:13:33
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available and searchable census at this time.

You have gone as far as possible with this family -

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 +++

1840 - format of early census records
Name: Arthur Drinkwater
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Mount Vernon, Kennebec, Maine
Free White Persons - Males - 50 thru 59: 1 [Arthur]
Free White Persons - Females - 50 thru 59: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
Persons Employed in Learned Professional Engineers: 1
Total Free White Persons: 2
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 2

1850 -
Name: Arthur Drinkwater
Age: 60
Birth Year: abt 1790
Birthplace: Maine
Home in 1850: Fayette, Kennebec, Maine
Gender: Male

Arthur Drinkwater 60, MAine - C. B. Preacher
Anne T Drinkwater 62, Maine

1860 -
Name: Arthur Drinkwater
Age in 1860: 70
Birth Year: abt 1790
Birthplace: Maine
Home in 1860: Sidney, Kennebec, Maine
Gender: Male
Post Office: Centre Sidney

Arthur Drinkwater 70, Maine - CB
Ann T Drinkwater 72, Maine
Farrvilla T Blake 41, Maine - unknown relationship; if any

Maine Vital Records -
Maine did not start collecting Vital Records (births, marriages, deaths) until 1892. Before then they were recorded at the town level. Each person had to report to the town clerk and pay the clerk $1 for each report before the record was recorded. Needless to say that was a lot of money in those days so more than not the vital records were never recorded.

The Archives have death records from 1892-1922. The deaths are not online until 1960.

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