Friday, November 27, 2009

The Frames in 1870--more questions than answers


While doing a little groundwork for a down the road article, I reviewed the 1870 census for the Frame family in Chicago, Illinois.
Husband Thomas is not enumerated and Elizabeth is listed as living in a $10,000 house. For a woman who was married a painter (and not the "artistic" kind, the house value seems a little high to me). I'm not certain what the story is here, but I'm hoping to get to the bottom of it for an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues.

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  1. Are the tax records available? If so, you might want to look at neighboring property values also. I'm also thinking that a comparison of other homes owned by relatives might be in order. This is an interesting scenario.

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  2. I'll have to look into tax records. The surrounding homes are comparable in value (at least on the same page, I need to look further). Preliminary work on the family in England is initially leading me to conclude that Elizabeth Frame (nee Watson) might have come from a family of more than modest means.

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