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Re: Elizabeth Moss Scruggs from VA to TN (1799-1881)
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: October 27, 2012 at 07:54:20
In Reply to: Elizabeth Moss Scruggs from VA to TN (1799-1881) by Barnia Scruggs of 41067

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

1940 is the last available census at this time.

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 +++

Seems that you are mixed up with some dates .

1850 -
Name: Thomas Mass
Age: 70
Birth Year: abt 1780
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: North of Cumberland and East of Caney Fork Rivers, Smith, Tennessee
Gender: Male

Thomas Mass 70, VA - farmer
Susan Mass 69, VA
Jesse Mass 21, VA - farmer
Elizabeth Scruggs 40, VA [1810 and not 1799]
Thomas Scruggs 9, VA
Mary T Scruggs 7, VA
Robert Scruggs 4, VA

1860 -
Thomas Scruggs is not listed.
Mary Scruggs is not listed.
Robert Scruggs is not listed.
Elizabeth Scruggs [the mother] is not listed.

You wrote - "Elizabeth and children are listed in censuses with last name of Scruggs..." Which census records?? What state & county????

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