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Melinda Blevins Gardner

Melinda Blevins Gardner

Posted: 1400895417000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Blevins/Gardner/Milligan/Murphy
I am seeking information about my gggrandmother. Her name is Melinda Blevins from white top, va. Mother is a Milligan. She married a John Henry Gardner.. Please any info would be greatly appreciated... I am at a dead end. Apparently she is a hush hush situation. please email me at Thank you so very much in advance..

Re: Melinda Blevins Gardner

Posted: 1401626187000
Classification: Query
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 +++

Need DOB + birthplace + race for Melinda Blevins and John Henry Gardner
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