Saturday, August 25, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 34a – Another Non-Population



Yesterday I wrote about the non-population schedule where my 3rd gt-grandfather, William L. England, appeared in 1880.

But in 1850, 1860 and 1870 he was on a different non-population schedule: agriculture. Since I grew up on a farm, learning what livestock and crops my ancestors grew is fun for me.










This is a table showing what the agriculture schedules showed about him.


1850
1860
1870
Township/Precinct
Fabius
Fabius
Coyote Valley
County
Davis
Davis
Lake
State
Iowa
Iowa
California
Improved Acres
50
110
40
Unimproved Acres
110
150
120
Land Value
$800
$2600
$400
Implements Value
$85
$100
$50
Horses
5
6
2
Milch Cows
4
8
2
Working Oxen
12


Other Cattle
3
21
2
Swine
20
26

Livestock Value
$405
$796
$300
Wheat bushels
30

300
Barley bushels


150
Oats bushels

150

Indian Corn bushels
500
2600

Hay tons

12
14
Irish Potatoes bushels
10
50
25
Sweet Potatoes bushels
5


Butter pounds
200
150
150
Honey pounds


100
Produce value


$680
Slaughtered Animals
$24
$107


In looking at this table, I see the only agricultural items that are the same for 2 different years are the pounds of butter produced, and that was done in 2 different states.



Friday, August 24, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – 34 – Non-Population



I have not written for several weeks, but this topic was one I found very interesting. I like to find every bit of information about my ancestors that I can, so generally I enjoy looking at the non-population schedules for the United States census. However, with a title like “1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes,” do I really want to find my ancestor listed there? Maybe it wouldn't be too bad to see cousins or ancestor's siblings, but someone in my direct line?

But I did find someone there in the Lane County Oregon section. Although the census taker marked him in the wrong precinct, it was my 3rd gt-grandfather, William L. England. His name appeared in two sections: Deaf-Mutes and Blind.




I should have expected that since he was marked as blind and deaf on the population schedule for 1880 where he was living with his daughter and her family. Besides that, his obituary in September 1893 stated “although for several years he has been without use of eyesight or hearing he lived a happy Christian life to the end.”

Then as I thought about this, I realized that for at least 13 years William had been blind and deaf. It must have been hard for the family to communicate with him. I wonder what methods they used. I expect I will never know.