Thomas Kerwin, I greatly appreciate your response with the census info. I had tracked Parley Gates to the 1850 Census, butlost him after that. I believe there is a good chance that the one that died of chlorea in Ohio in 1854 is the one I'm searching for. But, I find no other info to indicate who his family was at the time of this Parley Gates' death in Lucas County, Ohio in 1854. It would be very helpful if I could find out if this is the same one as the one in the 1850 of Lansing, Michigan. Does anyone know if there is a connection between Parley Gates and Irvilla Gates who married Thomas Jefferson Wheeler?