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Which Henry Jackson?
The following is the brick wall that I am up against. These JACKSONS and CORAMS/CORUMS are free pesons of color from Pronce William county, VA. I don't know whether I have a real question here, but maybe some advice as to how to proceed.
Which Henry Jackson?
In the 1860 census, I found a Henry JACKSON who is a farm laborer living with a family by the name of Gallaher. I found him living in Prince William County, VA. In the same census count of the Gallaher household were:
Sidney S. Gallaher a fifty-four years of age female head of the house
George C. Sidneyís eleven year old son
Mary Gough a thirty-four year old female
Fay W. Green a fifty-three year old female
Thomas S. Clowe a twenty year male farm laborer
Henry JACKSON a twenty-seven year old mulatto farm laborer
Albert JACKSON a twenty-six year old male Black farm laborer
Question: Were Henry and Albert related?
ē Research 1869 census roll M653_1373
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Now in order to wet your appetite for genealogy research and frustrate you at the same time, I present you with another scenario.
Letís look at the 1870 census. We are researching Henry JACKSON from Gainesville, Prince William County, VA. There we find a Henry living in the household that consists of the following people:
James E. Harrell head of household a farmer age twenty-three
Jane S. age twenty-three wife of James
Robert age two son of James
Maud age one daughter of James
William Harrell age 25 male
Edison Farrell age 15 male
John W. Cross age 20 male farm laborer
Henry JACKSON age 19 Black male farm laborer who could not read of write
Amanda Randall age 36 mulatto female domestic servant
Grace Randall age 16 mulatto female domestic servant
John A. Brick age 49 male retired merchant
Alvin D. Brick age fifty-one retired merchant
Henrietta age twenty-six wife of Alvin
Cora age two daughter of Alvin
Infant age one month daughter of Alvin
Jane C. Shields age seventy-four
Question: Could this Henry be the son of the Henry living in the household of the
The Information for this Henry JACKSON can viewed in roll M593_1673, Gainesville, Prince William County, VA.
Hold on we ainít through yet. In the 1880 census a Henry JACKSON and family is on the same page that Margaret CORAM appears. In the household directly above that of Margaret CORAM is the family of a Henry JACKSON in which a male son named Thomas lives. Thomas is listed as being sixteen years old. On a death certificate procured from Montgomery County, in PA, my grandfatherís birth is listed as 1866. However on later census records, my grandfather Thomas Henry is listed with dates that indicate that he could have been born in 1864, 1866, or 1872.
The reason that it is important to note that the household of Henry JACKSON is above the household of Margaret CORAM is that in the CORAM household is Margaretís granddaughter Elizabeth who is eight years old. The name of my grandmother was Elizabeth CORUM before she married my grandfather Thomas. The last name is spelled differently; that could have been the census takerís fault, because in the 1870 census Margaretís last name is spelled CORUM.
NO ASSUMPTIONS PLEASE!!
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