I’m not related to any member of this family.
1940 is the last available census at this time.
You have gone as far as you can with this family.
You will not find the parents of Charles Bennett Smith in the census records and these statements explain why -
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 +++
Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002
Name: Charles B. Smith
Marriage Date: 31 Dec 1861
Spouse: Margarett A. Smith
Marriage City: Lamar
Marriage State: Texas
Name: C B Smith
Age in 1870: 35
Birth Year: abt 1835
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1870: Beat 5, Lamar, Texas
Post Office: Paris
C B Smith 35, NC - farmer
Margaret A Smith 25, NC
Thos Smith 7, TX
Dick Smith 2, TX
Lutitia Smith 20, NC
Victoria Pridemore 16, TX - unknown relationship
Name: Charley B Smith
[Bacten B Smith]
Birth Date: Apr 1835
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1900: Justice Precinct 1, Borden, Texas
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Charley B Smith 65, 4/35 NC
Richard Smith 31, 5/68 TX [never married, buried in same cem. as his father]
TX Vital records -
The Texas Vital Statistics law to register births and deaths was not passed until 1903. Texas was then and is now a dual registration state which means the local registrars retain a copy of all birth and death records for the events that take place within their jurisdiction and the state retains the original of all birth and death records for the entire State of Texas. However, the statutes for registering these events were not made mandatory until 1926. However, many local registrars did not adhere to the statutes until the late 1930’s or early 1940’s. This means some records reside only in the local registrars’ files and not with the State.
statement source -
Vital Statistics Unit
(888) 963-7111, ext 6195
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