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 +++
You will need to know WHO each of the daughters married + 1st names of all their children.
1860 - Name: Jane Kissick [appears to be a widow] Age in 1860: 54 Birth Year: abt 1806 Birthplace: South Carolina Home in 1860: Laurens, South Carolina Gender: Female Post Office: Martins Depot
Jane Kissick 54, SC M Kissick 23, SC Nancy Kissick 18, SC Martha Kissick 15, SC Thos R Kissick 14, SC
1860 - Name: Jas Kissick Age in 1860: 22 Birth Year: abt 1838 Birthplace: South Carolina Home in 1860: Laurens, South Carolina Gender: Male Post Office: Martins Depot
Wm Boyd 39 Elizh Boyd 33 Elizh J Boyd 16 Jas L Boyd 13 Wm M Boyd 11 L W Boyd 10 Jas Petts 18 Jas Kissick 22, SC = James