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Re: David Morton of Washington, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: May 23, 2012 at 07:49:23
In Reply to: David Morton of Washington, Pennsylvania by Nancy Morton of 54574

I’m not related to any member of this family.

1930 is the last available searchable census at this time.

1940 census has been released but it will take several months before the transcription is completed.

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 +++

PA Vital Records -

Kathy Hale
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State Library of Pennsylvania
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1850 - How can you be certain David was BORN in Washington, PA?? What is your source??
Also, Census records do not record the specific locality of a person's birth. Only the state or country is recorded.

Name: David Morton
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1826
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1850: Nottingham, Washington, Pennsylvania
Gender: Male

David Morton 24, PA - cooper
Sarah Morton 34, PA [possible 2nd marriage??]

Parents of David Morton from [no sources]
Joseph Morton -
Birth 30 Oct 1796 in Somerset, Washington, Pennsylvania
Death Sep 1870 in Brooke County, Virginia
Mary Morton -
Birth 1770 in Bedford, Pennsylvania
Death 15 Nov 1832 in Washington, Pennsylvania

Robert George Morton (1849 - 1923) is not listed in the 1850 census.

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