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Re: Bowles Family
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: November 10, 2012 at 05:10:30
In Reply to: Bowles Family by Cassandra Skipper of 43079

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 +++

At the time of Catherine's birth there were no census records. She was most likely born into slavery and slave owners were not interested in recording who the parents were of slaves. The us did not become a country until 1786.

How do you know the DOB's of her other children since only the head of the household was recorded on the census record.

How do you know the Catherine's father was WHITE and her mother was black???? What are your sources for this???

1850 -
Name: Catharine Bowles
Age: 75
Birth Year: abt 1775
Home in 1850: Albemarle, Virginia
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female

John Bowles 52, VA - Mulatto
Catharine Bowles 75, VA - Mulatto
Edward Bowles 40, VA - Mulatto

Since Catherine is Mulatto, then ALL her children will be also.

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