I’m not related to any member of this family.
This is your problem and you will not find the family of Harriett Norris in the early census records.
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 +++
1830 - Norris family is not present in Montgomery cty, OH.
Name: William Norris
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Montgomery, Ohio
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 20 thru 29: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 30 thru 39: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
Persons Employed in Manufacture and Trade: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 7
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 3
Total Free White Persons: 10
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 10
Moses & Harriett are not living in OH.
Name: Moses Cottrell
Birth Year: abt 1818
Home in 1850: Jackson, Hamilton, Indiana
Moses Cottrell 32, OH
Harriet Cottrell 23, OH
Sarah E Cottrell 6, OH
William M Cottrell 4, OH
Catharine A Cottrell 2, OH
Albert Cottrell 1, IND
Jane Braver 8 - unknown relationship
There is a family tree on "ancestry" showing Harriet but her parents are shown as "unknown".
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