Posted By:Thomas Kerwin
Subject:Re: Looking for Johnson Family from PA-LA-TX
Post Date:September 09, 2013 at 04:55:20
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I’m not related to any member of this family.

1940 is the last available census at this time.

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 +++

1850 -
Name: Sofronia Johnson
Age: 23
Birth Year: abt 1827
Birthplace: Missouri
Home in 1850: Austin, Travis, Texas
Gender: Female

Solomon Johnson 38, LA - farmer
Sofronia Johnson 23, MO
Erna Johnson 4, TX
Sam Johnson 2, TX
Edwin Johnson 1m, TX
Henry Johnson 23, LA - carpenter
Jane Johnson 19, PA

1840 - Solomon will not be listed as he would be 28 and most likely living at home. ONLY the head of household is listed in the early census records. The same applies to Sofronia as she would be 13 in 1840.