These statements explain why you will not find any ancestors of Alfred Hurst in the census records -
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 parental birthplaces and family relationships +++
1860 - Name: Alfred D Hurst Age in 1860: 5 Birth Year: abt 1855 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1860: Washington, Wayne, Indiana Gender: Male Post Office: Milton
Wm Hurst 42, OH Eldarabe H Hurst 36, MD Laura M Hurst 14, IND Wm H Hurst 11, IND Helen M Hurst 10, IND Florence M Hurst 7, IND Alfred D Hurst 5, IND <<<<< Frank Hurst 3, IND Joseph E Hurst 2m, IND
1880 - Name: Alfred D. Hurst Age: 24 Birth Year: abt 1856 Birthplace: Indiana Home in 1880: Washington, Wayne, Indiana Race: White Gender: Male Relation to Head of House: Son Marital Status: Single Father's Name: William Hurst Father's Birthplace: Ohio Mother's Name: Merab Hurst Mother's Birthplace: Maryland Occupation: School Teacher
William Hurst 62, OH - farmer Merab Hurst 54, MD Alfred D. Hurst 24, IND Francis Hurst 21, IND Helen M. Hurst 23, IND Joseph B. Hurst 19, IND Oscar M. Hurst 17, IND
1st marriage - groom: Alfred D Hurst groom's race: groom's date of birth: groom's place of birth: groom's residence: groom's number of marriage: groom's father: groom's mother: bride: Iva J Bridges bride's race: bride's date of birth: bride's place of birth: bride's residence: bride's number of marriage: date of license: 24 Dec 1880 county of license: Clay date of marriage: 24 Dec 1880 place of marriage: , Clay, Indiana
2nd marriage - groom's name: Alfred D. Hurst groom's birth date: groom's birthplace: groom's age: bride's name: Jessie M. Jackley bride's birth date: bride's birthplace: bride's age: marriage date: 10 Jul 1895 marriage place: Madison County, Indiana