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" Immigration date is not recorded
1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members
1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++
Georgia Vital Records - The state of Georgia began issuing birth and death certificates in 1919.There are no free sites for these records.
statement source - Bob Shaw Executive Administrative Assistant Commissioner's Office Georgia Department of Public Health 2 Peachtree St., NW, Suite 15-470 Atlanta, GA 30303-3142 404-657-1501 (phone) 770-357-9448 (electronic fax) email@example.com
Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944 Name: Mary J. Calhoun Spouse: James W. Gray Marriage Date: 2 Jan 1849 County: Wilkinson State: Georgia
Georgia Marriages, 1699-1944 Name: Sarah Ann Calhoun Spouse: James W. Gray Marriage Date: 14 Dec 1851 County: Wilkinson State: Georgia
Florida, State Census, 1867-1945 [census date was June 1885] Name: James W Gray Age: 62 Gender: Male Race: White Birth Place: Georgia Est. Birth Year: abt 1823 Relationship to Head: Head Marital Status: Widowed Father's Birth Place: South Carolina Mother's Birth Place: South Carolina Census Year: 1885 Locality: District 4 County: Hamilton he lives alone
Florida Vital Records - The law requiring the registration of births and deaths in Florida passed in 1917; however, it was many years after that before we had consistent registration.While we have some birth records dating back to 1865, they are sparse.
statement source - Kathleen Dunkley Stephens Bureau of Vital Statistics Kathy_Stephens@doh.state.fl.us (904) 359-6900, ext. 1150 Fax: (904) 359-6931 www.doh.state.fl.us
Chances are that James died in Hamilton county FL after 1885 and before 1900.
TRY - Find a grave – FREE SITE - volunteer site all states; frequently has headstone pic
DO NOT SEARCH FOR A MARRIED WOMAN USING HER MAIDEN NAME.