These statements explain WHY you will not find Morgan's parents 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 the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces +++
1850 - Name: Morgan Coats Age: 48 Birth Year: abt 1802 Birthplace: South Carolina Home in 1850: Catahoula, Louisiana Gender: Male
Morgan Coats 48, SC - planter George Coats 25, GA Wm Coats 22, GA Harriet Coats 19, GA John Coats 18,GA Catharine Coats 16, GA Frances Coats 12, MS
1870 - Name: M Coats [Morgan Coats] Age in 1860: 58 Birth Year: abt 1802 Birthplace: South Carolina Home in 1860: Pine Woods, Catahoula, Louisiana Gender: Male Post Office: Castor Springs
M Coats 58, SC Sophia Coats 57, New Hampshire [new wife]
Morgan's children - George Coats 1825 – William Coats 1828 – Harriet Coats 1831 – John Coats 1832 – Catharine Coats 1834 – Frances Coats 1838 –