Friday, November 23, 2012

Neighbors in Michigan and Canada

Work on Rufus D. Stephens is slowly progressing.

Rufus D. is one of three adjacent households in the 1850 Census of St.Clair County, Michigan:

The following household of Arvin Butler was accidentally removed from this image. Benjamin Butler's wife, Margaret's maiden name was Stephens and it is possible that she has some connection to the neighbor Rufus D. next door. Arvin Butler and Benjamin Butler are suspected of being brothers given their geographic and age proximity in the 1850 census and the fact that both migrated to St. Joseph County a few years later, settling there as near neighbors.

Interestingly enough, I just discovered in an online 1842 Yarmouth Township, Elgin County, Ontario, census that both an Arvin Butler and Rufus D. Stephens were living in that locality. This means that they were neighbors in 1842 as well as 1850. Benjamin could have not quite been married or not yet in his own household at that point in time (given the ages of his children in the 1850 enumeration above).

Searching for the neighbors is helping on this one--stay tuned.

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