Posted By:Patricia Bishop Obrist
Subject:New York State Censuses: 1825, 1835, 1845 etc.
Post Date:June 10, 2004 at 11:25:27
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Forum:Jefferson County, NY Genealogy Forum
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Dear Jefferson County Researchers,

Would any of you have access to the Jefferson Co., New York State Census of 1835 and 1845? I'd be so grateful for a look-up!

We know that our Nancy PARKER was born in June 1835 in Watertown, Jefferson Co., NY, from a son's death certificate. Even with this precious data we don't know her parents. There is a large PARKER family in Jefferson Co., NY, but I don't know how to link her.

Nancy was said to be 'rich in the 1870s'. That clue sparked me to request the will of Alexander PARKER, from the Jefferson Co., NY clerk? as he died at the right time: 29 May 1871. Alexander's was a long will but did not get specific with grandchildren. [It still hurts today after 10 years, when I think that I paid over $70.00 for this will. Never do that again. I'd be happy to make a copy of this nice will, with just a little help! <g>]

We really know quite alot about Nancy, because of some great old family letters. Family stories even tell us that Nancy's mother was a native American, and that Nancy knew Wild Bill Cody when he came to the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904. Curiously we also don't know when or where she died!

But her parents remain elusive and to compound our dilemma by 1850 Census, Nancy, then age 15, was "out in the sticks" living with Clarisa ELIOT and her son, James, age 15, in St. Clair Co., IL, on the banks of the Mississippi River across from St. Louis. Nancy is said to have been a boarder at Carondelet, a school operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, because her father was in the military stationed at Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis County.

Checking on PARKERS in the Civil War in Illinois area where they lived(probably not exhaustive):
Illinois Civil War Veterans
NAME                      RANK        COMPANY UNIT RESIDENCE
PARKER, Cyrus J        Pvt        E 29 USC INF Alton
PARKER, Jasper N.,        Rec M         7 IL US CAV living in St. Clair Co. IL
PARKER, John V               Pvt First Class 14 IL US INF Grafton. IL
PARKER, Marshall S.        First Lieut C 61 IL US INF Jerseyville
PARKER, Newton               Pvt.       C 144 IL US INF Alton

We know her father was in the army well before the Civil War, but don't know how to proceed to find more about that category. Nor do we know if he was still living in 1860s.

A look up on those two New York state censuses may just be our last chance to find Nancy's family!

Thanks for any help!
Patricia Bishop Obrist