There's a confusing record in the 1850 census that is probably being overlooked by QUAY researchers because it is incorrectly indexed.The problem is twofold:
1) "Quay" is being indexed "Guay," and 2) a stray ditto mark is causing the head-of-household to be given surname "Troup."
The record in question is:
1850: PA: Perry Co.: Oliver Twp. (Roll M432_805, pp. 507A-507B, 90/100): John Quay " 55 M Labourer Penna Susanna " 43 F John Keesbury 19 M Labourer Susanna " 17 F Margaret " 15 F Mary J. " 12 F Helen " 10 F Martha P. " 5 F
I believe the ditto mark after "Quay" is a slip by the enumerator, and it's causing the record to be indexed by the surname of the prior household, which is TROUP.
I cannot find John & Susanna QUAY in the 1860 census, but there is a John QUAY in the 1840 census of adjacent Juniata County who is the right age to be the one in 1850.
Have I interpreted this record correctly?Or does a "John Quay TROUP" really exist?