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Thompson Ashby had a daughter b. in Port Huron in 1839

Thompson Ashby had a daughter b. in Port Huron in 1839

Posted: 1354851022000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1354982693000
Trying to find any records of Thompson AShby born 1801 and his wife Berintha in St Clair Co around the time their daughter Catherine(Cathrina) was born 4 March 1839. Some think the mother is really Priscilla. Any suggestions appreciated.

Re: Thompson Ashby had a daughter b. in Port Huron in 1839

Posted: 1354906576000
Classification: Query
I’m not related to any member of this family.

This is your problem.

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"

1850 is the 1st census that shows all family members

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

1850 -
Name: Thompson Ashby
Age: 49
Birth Year: abt 1801
Birthplace: Ohio
Home in 1850: Mackinac, Michigan
Gender: Male

Thompson Ashby 49, OH
Berintha Ashby 33, OH
Almira Ashby 12, MI
Catharine Ashby 11, MI
Mary Ann Ashby 9, MI
Sarah Ashby 5, WI
Joel C Ashby 4, WI
Helen Ashby 2, WI
Catharine Ashby 8m, MI

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
Name: Thompson Ashby
Gender: Male
Birth Year: 1801
Spouse Name: Harriet Sanford
Birth Place: MI
Year: 1835
Marriage State: MI

Michigan did not require “by law” birth, marriage & death registrations until 1867.

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