Search for content in message boards

Missing 1880 Census Data???

Missing 1880 Census Data???

Bruce Baird (View posts)
Posted: 940507200000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Robinson, Henry
I am researching the Robinson family who lived in Neptune, Plaquemines Parish from about 1870 to the 1900's and owned an orange grove. However, I cannot find them in the 1880 census even though I did a line-by-line search of the census. Does anyone have any information about the completeness of this census? Also, does anyone know what ward Neptune was in?


William E Robinson

John A Mullen (View posts)
Posted: 980337600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Robinson, Mullen
William E Robinson was my great grandfather and resided in Plaquemines Parrish from the post Civil War period until about 1890 to 1895. My Grandmother, Katherine Robinson, related that she was born in Plaqemines Parrish and that the family had an orange grove there.
William was the son of an Irish immigrant (Name unavailable to right now) who settled in Texas about 1850. This information is confirmed by Irish records (again unavailable)By family oral tradition he was in the military at the begining of the Civil War and taken captive. He was later released on parole and served the remainder of the war on permenant duty at Governor's Island.
Given my Grandmothers date of birth (1883) I would guess the William would have been born in Texas circa 1860.
There is also a John Robinson who I believe is Williams brother.
At least part of the family moved north (possibly to Ohio)about 1895. My grandmother was among them. I can recall that my grandmother had some dealings in Louisianna having to do with the disposition of family holdings in about 1960 so there may be records of this.

I have scanned photographs of William Robinson (taken in New Orleans C. 1875), Katherin Robinson (C. 1900) and Bill and John Robinson (C. 1920) Feel free to ask for them,

John Mullen

Re: Missing 1880 Census Data???

Posted: 1389418484000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Robinson, Henry
Hi Bruce,
While trying to find out more about the Robinson family I came across your post on a google search. While searching for info about the orange grove I found a posting of Genealogy Trails Louisiana that had a listing of a person who represented the Fourth Ward and lived in Neptune. Don't know if you've closed this chapter of your research or not but thought I'd pass it on.

Re: Missing 1880 Census Data???

Posted: 1503520183000
Classification: Lookup
I cannot help on your Robinson family, but can tell you the community of Neptune was on the Mississippi River across from the present day town of Triumph, Louisiana and butted up on the north side to Fort St Philip. Many of the people living in Neptune were related to the soldiers assigned to the fort or they provided services to the fort such as boatmen, boat builders, farmers, oystermen, etc. There was a lot happening in that part of the delta from before the Civil War until just after the Spanish American war in the late 1890's, when the fort was virtually abandoned and later sold as surplus. The community of Neptune after the fort was closed was abandoned and part of it has eroded away. Fort St Philip is still there, though abandoned over 100 years ago by the military. It is a large site with numerous batteries, magazines and concrete structures plus the old fort. It is surrounded by a large brick wall on three sides and the river levee n the fourth. When the river is high, there is water on the ground, but when the river is normal the fort is pretty dry and can be visited, with permission from the owners. Neptune got its name from a very treacherous shallow area in the river in front of the town where many vessels ran aground.
per page

Find a board about a specific topic