Facts you should know about the early census records - All census records [1790 – 1840] prior to the 1850 census ONLY listed the head of household; whether male or female.
NO specific age was stated for any family member NO place of birth was stated – city, state, or country NO city, town, or village is stated – only the county; however some census takers listed the township NO street address was stated NO marital status was stated – single, married, widowed, or divorced NO family relationship was stated – brother, sister, cousin, son, daughter, wife, inlaw, etc… NO occupation was stated NO parental birthplaces are stated NO race was stated [but assume “white”]
1850, 1860 & 1870 census records do not show family relationships, marital status or parental birthplaces.
Step children are not enumerated as “step” children Adopted children are not enumerated as “adopted” Grand children are not enumerated as “grand children” Orphaned children were not enumerated as "orphan"
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++
1850 - Name: Calvin Stratton Age: 47 Birth Year: abt 1803 Birthplace: Massachusetts Home in 1850: Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia Gender: Male
Calvin Stratton 47, MASS - clerk Henrietta Stratton 42, NY Henrietta Stratton 3, GA Henry Miller 71, GA - unknown relationship Penelope Lavendar 26, NC - unknown relationship
1860 - Name: Calvin Stratton Age in 1860: 60 Birth Year: abt 1800 Birthplace: Massachusetts Home in 1860: Columbus, Muscogee, Georgia Gender: Male Post Office: Columbus
Calvin Stratton 60, MASS - merchant Henrietta Stratton 50, MASS Henrietta Stratton 13, GA 
1870, 1880 - Calvin Stratton is not listed anywhere
Marriage record - Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944 Name: Henrietta White Spouse: Calvin Stratton Marriage Date: 18 May 1841 County: Muscogee State: Georgia
Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 Name: Calvin Stratton Birth Date: 14 Jun 1800 Event Type: Birth Event City: Princeton Father Name: Samuel Stratton