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Re: James H Clemens born 1821 Wythe, VA
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: July 16, 2012 at 14:20:16
In Reply to: James H Clemens born 1821 Wythe, VA by dCarney of 41083

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

1930 is the last available and searchable census at this time.

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

You will not find the parents of James H Clemens, Clemmens, Clemons 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 +++

1850 - James Clemens, Clemmens, Clemons [b. VA] is not listed.

1870 -
Name: James Clemens
Age in 1870: 48
Birth Year: abt 1822
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1870: Liberty, St Francois, Missouri
Gender: Male
Post Office: Farmington

James Clemens 48, VA - farmer
Susan Clemens 48, VA
Andrew Clemens 28, TN
Malinda Clemens 26, TN
Matilda Clemens 24, TN
Nancy Clemens 22, TN
John Clemens 20, TN
George Clemens 18, ILL
Martha Clemens 16, MO
Eliza Clemens 14, MO
Thomas Clemens 12, MO
Henry Clemens 10, MO
Mary Clemens 6, MO

1880 -
Name: James Clemens
Age: 58
Birth Year: abt 1822
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1880: Liberty, St Francois, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Susen M. Clemens
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Occupation: Farmer

James Clemens 58, VA
Susen M. Clemens 61, VA - cannot read or write
Henry Clemens 20, MO
Martha H. Clemens 16, MO - d/inlsw [married to Henry]
Josephine Clemens 9, MO - g/dau
Jasper Derein 11m, MO - g/son
Eliza Clemens 23, MO

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