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Re: Smith in Hardy & Lewis Counties, WV
Posted by: Thomas Kerwin (ID *****3248) Date: April 17, 2012 at 08:57:28
In Reply to: Smith in Hardy & Lewis Counties, WV by Brenda Cox Stetson of 19729

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

1930 is the last available searchable census at this time.

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

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 +++

marriage record -
Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
about Jane Thrasher
Groom Name: Nimrod Smith
Bride Name: Jane Thrasher
Marriage Date: 18 Sep 1836
County: Hampshire
State: Virginia

Virginia Marriages, 1740-1850
about Salley Hodge
Groom Name: Nimrod Smith
Bride Name: Salley Hodge
Marriage Date: 7 Apr 1807
County: Giles
State: Virginia

1850 -
Name: Nimrod Smith
Age: 49
Birth Year: abt 1801
Birthplace: Virginia
Home in 1850: District 30, Lewis, Virginia
Gender: Male

Nimrod Smith 49, VA - farmer
Jane Smith 36, VA
Enoch Smith 16, VA
Van busen Smith 12, VA
Nancy A E Smith 11, VA
Susan P Smith 10, VA

1840 - format of early census records
Name: Normand Smith
[Nimrod Smith] [only Nimrod Smith in VA]
Home in 1840 (City, County, State): Lewis, Virginia
Free White Persons - Males - Under 5: 1
Free White Persons - Males - 5 thru 9: 2
Free White Persons - Males - 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons - Females - Under 5: 2
Free White Persons - Females - 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons - Females - 10 thru 14: 3
Free White Persons - Females - 20 thru 29: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 1
No. White Persons over 20 Who Cannot Read and Write: 1
Free White Persons - Under 20: 9
Free White Persons - 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 11
Total All Persons - Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 11

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