Sunday, March 6, 2011

Focusing on Benjamin Butler's Children

Currently located census records on Benjamin Butler (born about 1819 in New York or Canada) indicate the following children appear in his household at various times:

  • Alfred, born about 1842
  • Landon, born about 1844
  • Mary, born about 1846
  • George, born about 1848
  • Ellen, born about 1854
  • Harriet, born about 1856
  • Charles, born about 1861
  • Benjamin, born about 1865
  • Alice, born about 1868
  • Sarah, born about 1872
  • Lecta, born about 1875
  • Lila, born about 1879
  • Rebecca, born about 1882
As we've mentioned before, Benjamin has been located in federal census records for 1850, 1870 and 1880. The inability to find him in 1860 is a problem. What I think I should do is create a chart of all his "children" who would be alive in 1860, with their names and approximate ages and search for everyone separately, just in case. 

We'll save a complete discussion of this problem for a future issue of Casefile Clues, but I need to remember that  Benjamin's children might not all be in the same household in 1860, or even in the same state. Residential clues from children's places of birth need to be examined. There are several gaps in the years of birth for the children, which could be from children dying young or Benjamin not having a spouse during that point in time. 

We'll discuss working on Benjamin in 1860 in an upcoming issue of Casefile Clues. Subscribe now and get in on the analysis---I'd say discovery, but I'm still concerned I won't be able to find him no matter how organized the search is. Sometimes people simply cannot be found. 

No comments:

Post a Comment