Another followup that confirms my suspecion about the names. I found Francis' family inthe 1870 Loda, Iroquois County, IL census. It was difficult to find his name because the census taker wrote his name as Frank Lefla...not even close to LaBolle. But this is obviously the family. They are listed as follows....Frank age 34, Jane age 35, Francis age 13, Mary age 12, Alfred age 9, Thomas age 7, Joseph age 6, George age 3, and Terissa age 2/12.
Frank is noted as being born in France and wife as being born in Ireland. Also note that she goes by Jane here, which would correlate with the LaSalle County marriage record for a Jane Cavanaugh. I suspect her full name is Mary Jane. Her year of birth correlates with the 1880 census. Francis is way off...but again not unusual. Considering the poor translation of the surname, I am wondering if the census taker couldn't understand what the family was saying.
Also note that this census notes Alfred...not Albert as in 1880. Again...I think that his name is Alfred as evidence by the 1900 Idaho Census. His birth year is closer to the the 1880 census, but not far off from the age given on the 1900 census. Thomas's birth year is close to the one noted in the 1900 census as well. I personally think that the birth years for Thomas and Francis in the 1880 census were mixed up....Francis is obviously the older child and his birth year is close to 1856 as noted in the 1870 and 1900 census. Perhaps the 1880 census taker got the names mixed up. Again the remaining ages for the children are close by a couple of years. All the names match up and are in the same birth order.
So I again think there is no second family. Just a mis understanding off who all the children were and their approximate ages.
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