The 1900 U.S. census is first one I have for the family (darn that 1890 census!). They are living in Ethridge, Jones, Georgia. Turner and Jane were married in 1882 and have five children listed as their sons and daughters:
|Year: 1900; Census Place: Ethridge, Jones, Georgia; Roll: T623_207; |
Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 61.
John Tom, 9
This census also lists that Mary Jane gave birth to eight children of which seven were living. Where were the other three children? Since their parents were married for 18 years, could the other children be older and on their own.
The 1910 U.S. census again has Turner and Jane with five children but one from the previous census is gone (Hester) and one is added (Edna). It is also recorded on the census that Mary Jane gave birth to 10 children and seven were living.
|Year: 1910; Census Place: Ethridge, Jones, Georgia; Roll: T624_200; |
Page: 12B; Enumeration District: 0080; FHL microfilm: 1374213
John T., 18
*Willie, 12 Transcribed as daughter but this is William (male) from previous census
Edna, (?) The transcription has Ed but I think this should be Edna who was born in 1908 and chronologically would have been the last child listed.
*Ages not consistent with previous census. The birth order and ages on some the the children are different, but understandable since initial birth years were listed as "about".
The 1920 U.S. census has W.T. and Mary Jane and the family living in Lesters, Jones, Georgia. I have found no information on Lesters, other than it being Militia District 305. There are ten children in the household, some additions and others from previous census records are gone -- probably on their own.
|Year: 1920; Census Place: Lesters, Jones, Georgia; Roll: T625_265; |
Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 127
G.W., 16 (George,b 1902; where was he in 1910?)
Not only were there initials for the names of the father and two sons, but the transcription of this census was terrible; Herman was Hem*, Harris was Homer, and Maggie was Maygi -- so I really had to analyze this census. And then there was the Lesters factor.
The 1930 U.S. census has W.T. and Mary J. back in Ethridge, Jones, Georgia with three children. Did they ever leave Ethridge or was it renamed for this census?
|Year: 1930; Census Place: Ethridge, Jones, Georgia; Roll: 372; |
Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0013; Image: 146.0; FHL microfilm: 2340107
Louise Vinson, 15
It's been fun -- okay challenging -- searching for this family in the census with the slight variations in the parents names and the additions, subtractions and name variations of their children. By the same token, I feel a bit out of place trying to put together my family who lived in a different time and space.
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