Saturday, October 29, 2011

Win A Year of Casefile Clues-Find Ella in 1920

Our latest Win A Year of Casefile Clues Contest-- Find Ella Johnson in 1920.

According to "A Family History of the Johann Christopher Janssen and Elske Fecht Janssen", privately published in 1983 by Carrie Johnson,  (page 5) she was born on 22 May 1889 in Basco, Hancock County, Illinois, and was named Elkea Johanna Janssen and was the daughter of Jans Jurgens Janssen and Fredericka Maria (Sartorius) Janssen. She married Wilhelm (William) Tammen in Quincy, Adams, Illinois in 1922.

The question is: Where is she in the 1920 census? She has been found in 1900, 1910, and 1930 as shown below. Readers of Casefile Clues may remember that she was living in Quincy, Illinois, at the time her grandmother Sartorius' estate was settled. See below for instructions on winning the contest.

1900 Census--with John Johnson--her father--Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois

1910 Census--with John Johnson--her father--Bear Creek Township, Hancock County, Illinois
 1930 Census--with William Tammen--her husband--as Ella Tammen--St. Albans Township, Hancock County, Illinois

Ella died in 1987 and appears in the Social Security Death Index under number 321-32-3553. 


Ella is my great-grandmother's sister. I do not know where she is located.

To win:

Submit your entry to Michael John Neill at michael.john.neill@gmail.com. Your submission must contain a complete citation to Ella's enumeration in 1920. Keep in mind that the enumeration should be consistent with what is known about Ella. The winning entry will be determined solely by Michael John Neill. The winner of this contest will receive a year of Casefile Clues.

Good Luck!

6 comments:

  1. One hint:

    Never assume that there cannot be people with the same or similar names, even in a rural location. Assuming that there is just one John and Reka Johnson in Bear Creek Township might not be a valid assumption.

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  2. You're right. I just looked through the complete 1920 census looking for Elkea (Ella J) Johnson . Did not find her but did find another John Johnson family with a wife named Reka

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  3. line 62

    http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/view.aspx?dbid=6061&path=Illinois.Hancock.Bear+Creek.4.6&sid=&gskw=&cr=1

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  4. This is a different John and Reka Johnson. I'm posting an image of the transcription as a separate blog post.

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  5. United States Census, 1920

    Name: John J JohnVon
    ReVidence: Bear Creek Township Basco Village, Hancock, Illinois
    birth year: 1857
    Age: 63
    Birthplace: Germany
    Relationship to head of household: Self
    gender: male
    race: white
    marital status: widowed
    film number: 1820370
    digital folder number: 4300534
    image number: 00637
    sheet number: 5

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  6. name: William Tammen
    residence: Bear Creek Township Basco Village, Hancock, Illinois
    estimated birth year: 1890
    age: 30
    birthplace: Nebraska
    relationship to head of household: Brother
    gender: Male
    race: White
    marital status: Single
    father's birthplace:
    mother's birthplace:
    film number: 1820370
    digital folder number: 4300534
    image number: 00643
    sheet number: 8
    Household Gender Age
    Frank Tammen M 33y
    William Tammen M 30y

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