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Posted: 1395521026000
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There is a 20 yr. gap in the census records [1880 - 1900] as the 1890 census was burned in the 1920's. Add 20 yrs to everyone's 1880 age for the 1900 census.

I’m not related to any member of this family.

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"
Immigration date is not recorded

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members with their birthplaces

1880 is the 1st census that shows parental birthplaces and family relationships +++

1880 -
Name: Malinda Pentacost
[Malinda Pentecost]
Age: 70
Birth Year: abt 1810
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1880: Iowa, Rooks, Kansas
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Marital Status: Widowed
Father's Birthplace: South Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina

Malinda Pentacost 70, TN
Elizeath Pentacost 44, ILL - single dau.

1870 -
Name: Melinda Pentecost
Age in 1870: 56 [she should be 59/60 as each person ages 9 or 10 yrs from one census to the next]
Birth Year: abt 1814
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1870: Sagetown, Henderson, Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Female
Post Office: Sagetown

Melinda Pentecost 56, TN
Henry Pentecost 29, ILL - farm worker
William Pentecost 27, ILL - farm worker
Scarbar Pentecost 22, ILL - farm worker

1860 -
Name: Malinda Pentecost
Age in 1860: 45
Birth Year: abt 1815
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: Township 10 N Range 5 W, Henderson, Illinois
Gender: Female
Post Office: Oquawka

William Pentecost 55, VA - farmer
Malinda Pentecost 45, TN
John Pentecost 29, ILL
Henry Pentecost 19, ILL
William Pentecost 18, ILL
Scarbro Pentecost 12, ILL
Elizabeth D Pentecost 23, ILL
Susan Pentecost 22, ILL

1850 -

M Pentecost
[Malinda Pentecost]


Birth Year:
abt 1814


Home in 1850:
Menard, Illinois


Family Number:

Household Members:



Wm Pentecost 45, VA - farmer
M Pentecost 36, TN
John Pentecost 19, ILL
George Pentecost 16, ILL
E A Pentecost 14, ILL
Sarah Pentecost 12, ILL
H Pentecost 10, ILL
Wm Pentecost 7, ILL
S Pentecost 3, ILL

ILL Vital Records -
Illinois Death and Marriage Databases – FREE and SEARCHABLE

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