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Joseph Sidney Gresham, 186x - 1941, man of mystery

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Re: Joseph Sidney Gresham, 186x - 1941, man of mystery

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

1940 is the last available census at this time.

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 +++

Missouri Death Records
Death certificates for Missouri 1910-1962 deaths can be downloaded and printed out for FREE, at this site:

- - Birth & Death records for Missouri began in 1910 - -

Census records do not record the specific location of a person's birth. Rather only the state/county or country id recordes.

In addition - each person will age either 9 or 10 yrs from one census to the next.

ILL Vital Records -
. Birth and death registration started in 1916.

statement source -
Dan Pippin
Illinois Department of Public Health
Division of Vital Records

Illinois Death and Marriage Databases – FREE and SEARCHABLE

1910 -
Name: Joseph Gresham
Age in 1910: 46
Birth Year: abt 1864
Birthplace: Illinois
Home in 1910: Jackson, Carter, Missouri
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Sarah B Gresham
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Kentucky

Joseph Gresham 46, ILL - 2nd marriage, farmer
Sarah B Gresham 35, MO - married 6 yrs, 2nd marriage, 2 children & 0 living
Liza Gresham 16, MO [1894; Liza is not Sarah's child.]

Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002
Name: Eliza Gresham
Marriage Date: 4 Apr 1914
Marriage Location: Carter, Missouri
Marriage County: Carter
Spouse Name: Edward Lay

data from a family tree -
parents -
Anthony Gregory Gresham 1814 – 1888
Phoebe Solomon 1808 – 1858

Joseph Sidney Gresham
Birth 13 Feb 1866 in Illinois
Death 17 Oct 1941 in Missouri
he married -
Sarah Bell Crawford 1904 – 1915

Bessie May Sears
Birth abt 1888
Death - unknown
child - Josephine Gresham 1922 – 1934

1930 -
Name: J Sidney Gresham
Gender: Male
Birth Year: abt 1861
Birthplace: Kentucky ???????????
Race: White
Home in 1930: Kelly, Carter, Missouri
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Bessie M Gresham
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Age at first marriage: 21
Parents' birthplace: TN/TN

J Sidney Gresham 69, KY - works @ saw mill
Bessie M Gresham 42, MO - Age at first marriage: 20
Parents' birthplace: Mo/ARK
Josephine Gresham 8, MO
Troy Gresham 6, MO
John W Gresham 3, MO
Sidney Gresham 1, mO
Herbert House 9, MO - s/son

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