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 +++
1880 - Name: Rachael Alexander Age: 62 Birth Year: abt 1818 Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1880: Vienna, Scott, Indiana Race: White Gender: Female Relation to Head of House: Wife Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Wm. Alexander Father's Birthplace: Kentucky Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky Occupation: Keeping House
Wm. Alexander 60, IND Rachael Alexander 62, KY Robert Alexander 24, IND - married son  Mary Alexander 18, IND - d/inlaw Roscoe Alexander 3m, IND -g/son Rachael E. Alexander 8, IND - g/dau
1870 - Name: Rachel Alexander Age in 1870: 50 Birth Year: abt 1820 Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1870: Vienna, Scott, Indiana Race: White Gender: Female Post Office: Vienna
Wm Alexander 44, IND  Rachel Alexander 50, KY Robert Alexander 16, IND Mary Wiseman 16, IND James Alexander 8, IND
1860 - Name: Richel Alexander Age in 1860: 42 Birth Year: abt 1818 Birthplace: Kentucky Home in 1860: New Albany, Floyd, Indiana Gender: Female Post Office: New Albany
William Alexander 30, IND  Richel Alexander 42, KY Joseph Alexander 12, IND Robert Alexander 5, IND Benjamin Alexander 67, NC - unknow relationship Polly A Alexander 6, IND
Both Rachel & William gave conflicting data abt their ages & DOB's.Aperson must age either 9 or 10 years from census to census.
James Matthew /Alexander/ birth: 24 February 1862 Vienna, Scott Co, IN death: 19 February 1931 Clark Co, IN census: 1870 Vienna, Scott Co, IN burial: Cravens Cemetery - Vienna, IN marriage: 24 December 1885 Scottsburg, Scott Co, IN OCCUPATION: farmer
Parents of James - William /Alexander/ birth: 1819 Indiana death: 1904 Vienna, Scott Co, IN Rachel /Wiseman/ birth: 1822 Kentucky death: 1899 Vienna, Scott County, IN