Some of my ancestors were “lost” at one point or another in their lives. I find them in one census – then they are missing from the next one – and found again on the one following. Unfortunately, it is always the census that could give me that extra bit of information – children’s names, a current spouse’s name, or even an age and location of parents’ births.
Those that I am desperately trying to locate include:
James Emory House b. 2 May 1842 d. 1 Oct. 1924. I’ve located my g-granfather in the 1850 Census living in his parents’ (Florus A. and Julia A. House) home, age 8, Linton Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio; the 1860 Census still in his parents’ household, age 18, Linton Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio; the 1880 Census as Head of Household, age 38, living in Tuscarawas Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio; the 1900 Census as Head of Household, age 58, Bethlehem Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio; the 1910 Census as Head of Household, age 67, Tuscarawas Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio; the 1920 Census as Head (his son Alva Lester House is also listed as Head), age 77, Tuscarawas Twp, Coshocton County, Ohio.
He’s missing from the 1870 Census! He was married to his first wife, Barbara (or Barbary), and their three children were born. Since Barbara was originally from Guernsey County, Ohio, I’ve looked in that county as well as Coshocton. I’ve entered just the first name, age, and born in Ohio to try to narrow it down to the possibility of the last name being misspelled. I’ve also tried searching by his first wife’s name and the three kids’ names. No luck. I suspect that they were in a pretty rural area or were in the process of moving at the time of the census.
Franklin Blazer b. 2 June 1836 d. 26 Aug. 1869. I’ve found my 2nd great-grandfather in the 1850 census living in his parents’ (John and Mary Ann Blazer) household, age 14, Fall Creek Twp, Madison County, Indiana. Since he has died by 1870, the 1860 Census is the only one that will show that he was indeed the husband of Malissa (Goul) Blazer and father of her children including my great-grandmother. I have checked the 1860 census records for the United States using his name without any luck. I’ve checked in Madison County, Indiana using either his first or last name or his last name with wild card characters in case it has been misspelled. One thought is that my great-grandmother’s sister, Martha, was born close to the time the census was taken. Perhaps they were in transit from wherever the birth ocurred to another location.
James Wilson Johnson b. 16 Aug. 1829 d. 31 Oct. 1917. I’ve located my 2nd great-grandfather in the 1850 Census living in his parents’ (Jacob and Ann) household, age 20, Centre Twp, Rush County, Indiana; the 1860 Census as Head of Household, age 31, Centre Twp, Rush County, Indiana; the 1880 Census as Head of Household, age 50, Stoney Creek Twp, Madison County, Ohio; the 1900 Census as a Boarder in the household of his brother’s widow/first wife’s sister (Dolly Mullis Johnson), age 70, Stoney Creek Twp, Madison County, Ohio. He’s missing in the 1870 Census. I’ve checked in Rush County, Indiana and Madison County, Indiana and throughout the state of Indiana by his first or middle name and last name; by his last name and birth year, by “Johnston” (since it has been misspelled that way in other censuses) but no luck. I think the family was moving from one location to another as there were reports that they also lived in Howard County for a short time. The 1870 Census will provide information on his second marriage and the youngest children from his first wife.
These men aren’t necessarily brick walls – yet they have been lost somewhere in time. More research is needed and other avenues will have to be explored.