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Jacob Thompson of Sanford and Standish

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Re: Jacob Thompson of Sanford and Standish

Posted: 1384436265000
Classification: Query
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

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

Maine Vital records -
The State did not start collecting Vital Records (births, marriages, deaths) until 1892. Before then they were recorded at the town level. Each person had to report to the town clerk and pay the clerk $1 for each report before the record was recorded. Needless to say that was a lot of money in those days so more than not the vital records were never recorded.

The Archives have death records from 1892-1922. The deaths are not online until 1960.

Archivist I

You wrote -
DAH - Jeremiah Thompson was born in Standish ME in 1919 and died in Lowell MA 28 Nov 1853
It's very difficult to be born in 1919 and then die in 1853.

You will not find the birth records you are seeking.

NOTE - there is a 20 yr gap in the census records [1880 - 1900] as the 1890 census was burned in the 1920's.

1850 -
Name: Samuel Thompson
Age: 39
Birth Year: abt 1811
Birthplace: Maine
Home in 1850: Winthrop, Kennebec, Maine
Gender: Male

Samuel Thompson 39, ME - shoemaker
Sarah F Thompson 36, ME [must be a 2nd wife]
George S Thompson 16, ME - shoemaker
Augusta J Thompson 12, ME
Eliza Ann Thompson 8, ME
Frank Thompson 2, ME
John Thompson 2m, ME

There must be more than one Samuel Thompson in Maine.

Adaline Libby
Birth 28 Aug 1822 in Gorham, Cumberland, Maine
Death 11 Feb 1881 in Cumberland County, Maine, USA
She died in MASS and not MAINE.

1880 -
Name: Adaline Thompson
Age: 57
Birth Year: abt 1823
Birthplace: Maine
Home in 1880: Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Race: White
Gender: Female
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: S. Thompson
Father's Birthplace: Maine
Mother's Birthplace: Maine
Occupation: Keeping House

S. Thompson 62, ME
Adaline Thompson 57, ME
Hellen Thompson 32, ME
Samuel H. Thompson 20, MASS - clerk
Abby C. Thompson 18, MASS - works @ cotton mill
Albert L. Thompson 16, MASS - clerk

1870 -

Samuel Thompson

Age in 1870:

Birth Year:
abt 1817


Home in 1870:
Lowell Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts



Post Office:

Value of real estate:
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Household Members:



Samuel Thompson 53, Me - engineer
Adeline Thompson 47, ME -
Nellie M Thompson 23, ME - works in cotton mill
Susan F Thompson 19, MASS - works in cotton mill
Mary E Thompson 12, MASS
Samuel H Thompson 10, MASS
Abby C Thompson 8, MASS
Albert L Thompson 6, MASS

1860 -

Adeline Thompson

Age in 1860:

Birth Year:
abt 1820


Home in 1860:
Lowell Ward 6, Middlesex, Massachusetts


Post Office:

Value of real estate:
View Image

Household Members:



Samuel Thompson 42, ME - engineer
Adeline Thompson 40, ME
Helen Thompson 13, MASS
Adeline M Thompson 11, MASS
Susan F Thompson 9, MASS
Mary E Thompson 2, MASS
Samuel H Thompson 6m, MASS

Massachusetts, Death Records, 1841-1915
Name: Adaline Thompson
Gender: Female
Birth Date: abt 1823
Birth Place: Maine
Death Date: 11 Feb 1881
Death Place: Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
Age at Death: 58
Father: Isaac
Mother: Susan Libby

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