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 +++
IND marriage record - Last Name: GRANT First Name: ANDREW J. Spouse- Last Name: DEWEY Spouse- First Name: MARTHA County: Carroll Date: 9-7-1848
IND marriage record - Last Name: GRANT First Name: ANDREW J. Spouse- Last Name: VINSON [note spelling] Spouse- First Name: RHODA ANN County: Posey Date: 10-25-1836
1850 - Name: Andw J Grant Age: 35 Birth Year: abt 1815 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1850: District 2, Henderson, Kentucky Gender: Male
Andw J Grant 35, TN Rhoda Grant 32, TN Nancy E Grant 12, TN George W Grant 10, TN Ann L Grant 3, TN Sarah A Vincent 55, TN George W Pitts 10, TN
1860 - Name: A J Grant Age in 1860: 44 Birth Year: abt 1816 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1860: Division 1, Henderson, Kentucky Gender: Male Post Office: Henderson City
A J Grant 44, TN - sexton R A Grant 40, TN A J Grant 6, KY Sally Grant 4, KY Amos Grant 2, KY
1870 - Name: A J Grant Age in 1870: 54 Birth Year: abt 1816 Birthplace: Tennessee Home in 1870: Demun, Randolph, Arkansas Race: White Gender: Male Post Office: Pocahontas
Geo W Peay 53 E D Peay 52 M E Peay 24 Martha Peay 22 E J Peay 21 Ann Peay 20 Alice Peay 16 V B Peay 10 Emily Peay 72 E A Mccall 22 A J Grant 54, TN - laborer R A Grant 53, TN S A Grant 14, ARK?? [Sally in 1860??] A M Grant 13, ARK ??? [Amos in 1860??]