What I printed out from Ancestery.com appears to be a copy of the original census - the abrevation is IA. In the "search results" where the indiviual household members are shown the place of birth is listed as Iowa for all 6 members of Mary A. Bibee's household.
In researching William I have seen his birth listed as various places, but never Iowa, and mostly Ky. I also searched to see if there is a town named Iowa in some state, but have found nothing like that. Knowing that it is sometimes difficult to understand what these people might have been telling the enumerator I have tried to come up with other states that this could be. Ohio could be misinterpeted as Iowa. That is where I will be doing some additional searching as there were a number of Bibees, Bybees, etc in Ohio and it sure is easy to travel from Ohio to Indiana. With Harrison County right on the Ohio river it would seem very likely they could use that means of travel + there were some roads that had been opened up by that time.
Another thought I have had is that the siblings were born in Va. Early on Kentucky was actually Kentucky, County, Virginia. But how was Virginia abreveated in 1850? Was it VA then as it is now? I thought it was Vir.
If you would like a copy of the infomation I printed out from ancestory.com I would be happy to send you a copy. You can also get this information at usgenweb.org. I think that is where I first found this information.
Happy hunting, keep in touch.
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