Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Janes in 1860

I'm looking at some census images from 1860--and think I might have figured out a set of "married females" living in an 1860 household. Links to full images are at the bottom of this post.

The image above is part of the 1860 census entry for Wesley Jones in Macon County, Missouri, that was discussed in issue 51 of Casefile Clues. The 26-year old is in the household and I'm am not certain who she is--is she a daughter with a wrong last name, a daughter-in-law, or what? The census indicates she and the Matilda after her, were married within the census year. There seemed to be something incorrect with a census entry that contained two females, same last name as the head of household, who were married within the census year. The question was what was incorrect about the entry? Or was anything incorrect about it at all?

Part of the problem is that the name of the female above Matilda has a name that is difficult to read.

The census entry below, also from Macon County, Missouri, and taken by the same census taker contains a Jane Green.

The question is--is that 26 year old in the Wesley Jones household also a Jane? The first letter in the "Jane" in Wesley Jones' household doesn't look quite like the other "J"s, but it seems reasonable.

I think I have the answer and we'll lay out the case (complete with citations) in issue 52. Like most situations, it's not overly difficult, but it wasn't solved in five minutes either. 

The full images can be seen below.

1 comment:

  1. Wondering if the only error is in "Iam" being identified as a female whereas perhaps should be male (thus the married within the year), and if instead of interpreting the name as "Iam" it should be an abbreviated "Jam" as in "Jam(es)". Just a thought as I wasn't able to see the images clearly or largely enough.