I am decended from William Bussey, the son of Edward and Nancy Smith (Nancy was Edwards 1st wife, Dorcas Parrish his 2nd).I have recently been researching this line and have come across conflicting information regarding his birthdate and those of his children.I am hoping someone can set me straight.
For William, I have seen the date of birth as 1 Oct 1819 (on a headstone transcription from Lexington Cemetery, Scott Co., IN) and as 10 Oct 1818.Page 615 of the 1860 Jefferson Co., IN census has his age listed as 41.Based on this and the date the census was taken, it appears the 10 Oct, 1818 date is correct and the transcription is probably in error.
It appears that he has a second wife by 1860, Elizabeth, who is listd as age 26 and a new child, William E. who is listed as age 9 months.His three other children from his previous marriage to Lydia ? are listed as Sarah (age 15), Mary (age 13), and Loretta (age 11) in the 1860 census.
Now for the confussing part...
In the 1850 Census of Trumball Co., OH, William is listed as age 26 and Lydia is listed as age 25 or 35 (difficult to read).The children are listed as Sarah (age 8), Mary (age 7), and Loretta (age 5).William obviously can't be 26 in 1850 and 41 in 1860.Also, while William aged by 15 years in a single decade, his children only aged by an average of 7 years.
Has anyone else ever noticed this discrepancy?Any theories as to why the Trumball Co. Census seems so out of line with all other data?
Lastly, does anyone know the last names of his two wives Lydia and Elizabeth?