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Re: David Calvin Smith, Sr of Centre, Pennsylvania
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: December 17, 2012 at 10:44:54
In Reply to: David Calvin Smith, Sr of Centre, Pennsylvania by Jesse G of 54546

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

1940 is the last available census at this time.

This is your problem -

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 +++

WHERE was Robert Eckert Smith (1858 - 1945) born?? city/county/state??
WHO did he marry???
Need her 1st name + DOB + birthplace

1870 -
Name: David C Smith
Age in 1870: 42
Birth Year: abt 1828
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Home in 1870: Boggs, Centre, Pennsylvania
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Milesburg

David C Smith 42, PA
Phebe Smith 36, PA
Thomas Smith 15, PA [1855]
Robert E Smith 12, PA
Mary S Smith 19, PA
Harriet Smith 4, PA

Census records do not record the specific locality of a person's birth.

Also, note that there is a 20 yr gap in the census records from 1880 to 1900. 1890 census was destroyed by fire in the 1920's.

Pheobe Ammerman
Birth 12 Apr 1832 in Pennsylvania
Death 24 Nov 1896 in Philipsburg PA, Centre, Pennsylvania

PA Vital Records -

statement source -
Kathy Hale
Supervisor for Public Services
Government Documents Librarian
State Library of Pennsylvania
607 South Drive
Room 102 Forum Bldg.
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0600
(717) 787-2327 |

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