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odd census fact
Posted by: Suzanne Rice (ID *****6939) Date: April 14, 2007 at 12:19:32
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On the 1870 Federal Census for Larry Waits, wife Sarah Jane East Waits, and children, I noticed something that I thought was odd. The person at the top of the page was given a "W" under the race column for white. Then, the people listed below that person have a " in the race column, which, of course means, "same as above." But, for daughter Martha, a W is written, instead of a " like her parents and brothers and sisters. Does anyone have any idea why the census taker would have specified white for her rather than a " like everyone else on the page? When my grandmother met her, not long before she and my grandfather married, she commented to my grandfather that his grandmother, this Martha, looked Indian, based on her dress and physical appearance.


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