Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: William H. Givens
Post Date:September 06, 2012 at 13:53:39
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Forum:South Carolina Genealogy Forum
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

Here 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 parental birthplaces and family relationships +++

William H Givens, Sr
Birth: Mar., 1831
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov., 1903
Harris County
Texas, USA

William H. Givens Sr. was married first to Elizabeth, and they had six children He married second to Martha Carroll "Mattie" Davis Reeder, and they had five chilren. William served in the Civil War, Company E, 2nd Battalion, Alabama Light Artery Battalion, Mobile AL, Oct 25, 1861. William was a Carpenter.


Wm, H. Givens, age 74 years, died at 12:20 o'clock this afternoon at his residence, No. 1810 State street. deceased is survived by his wife and eight chilren. He was a member of Carpenters' Union No. 114, and had beenb a resident of Houston since 1870, coming here from Mobile, Ala.

Interment will take place in the German cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock. Rev. E. A. Ammons will conduct the services. The pallbearers have been selected from the ranks of Carpenters' Union No. 114.

Family links:
William Harrison Givens (1855 - 1939)*
John Jackson Givens (1858 - 1927)*
George Washington Givens (1860 - 1938)*
Dan Clarence Givens (1869 - 1941)*
Jessie Givens Whaley (1882 - 1936)*
Hattie Givens Covington (1884 - 1969)*
Charlie Givens (1887 - 1903)*
Leroy Givens (1889 - 1914)*
Willie B Givens (1894 - 1988)*

*Calculated relationship

Note: Plot - F - 86 - W 1/2 1 #387 - Strangers Rest

Washington Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA