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McNevin-Two possible 1870 census
Posted by: Kristen G (ID *****5821) Date: April 07, 2013 at 14:28:40
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So I have found a lot of information on William McNevin but I have found two 1870 census and I can't figure out which one would be the correct one.

He was born in 1850 in Ireland-died Sep 3, 1913 He lived in Manhattan.

From looking in the city directory he does not become a plumber till 1875. Are the addresses listed in the city directory their home addresses or the place where they worked?
I found a naturalization index card from Oct 1876 that lists him as William Cornelius McNevan, living at 517 W. 39th St, and a Joseph A McNevan as his witness.

I also found a Patrick McNevin who checked into the same almhouse/poorhouse as William did in 1913 with the same parents Lucy/Lucinda McNamara and father John. He has a son John as well. Naturalized in NYC in 1868 and been in the country 50 years.

So this is obviously his brother. And if that is his index card for naturalization than Joseph would also be his brother.

Then I found a passenger list from 1969 that has William McNevin (aged 17 )traveling with a Joseph who is 15 and an Olivia who is 7 from Ireland.

Which brings me to the two 1870 census I found. Both Have a Olivia and a Joseph and William was not a plumber then so I have nothing to go on to pick out the correct one.

1870-First census I found, also has a Lucinda McNamara and William is a store clerk.
Year: 1870; Census Place: New York Ward 17 District 3 (2nd Enum), New York, New York; Roll: M593_1036; Page: 76B; Image: 154; Family History Library Film: 552535.

The second I found has a Lucy McNevin and William is a porter.
Year: 1870; Census Place: New York Ward 17 District 12, New York, New York; Roll: M593_998; Page: 490A; Image: 366; Family History Library Film: 552497.

I cannot make out the address on the second one.
So does anyone have any guesses/suggestions on which one is the correct William?

Also-is it normal for dates to be so far off with every census? Because the older census like the 1910 census has William 10 years younger than the older ones do. His death certificate lists his year of birth as 1858 and says he was born in Sept whereas one census he was said to be born in March. Some of the citizenship stuff is off too. The 1905 state census I found lists them as aliens even though I know he wasn't.

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