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.


  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.

  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.