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Re: In The 1850-1860 Census
In Response To: Re: In The 1850-1860 Census ()
You know, there were times when some families who I know were people of color were listed as white in the census. I don't know if it was the census takers error, his being lazy or even new to the neighborhood and not realizing a very light-skinned family was actually not white, or whether or not it didn't make any difference to him, but that has happened on many occasions. I wouldn't limit myself to just looking for a particular family of color if you do find one that fits the description of what you are looking for, I would check them against other census records. Also, yours wouldn't be the first to be missing in the census, I have so many families that are missing during certain years when I know they were there, I can't even count them. Most of my EVANS families disappear from census records after 1870, but I find them in marriage, deed and other records right on up through later generations; my COPELANDs only start appearing one by one starting in 1850, but later generations reveal their connections to Cato COPELAND, a FCP who died in 1827, he also had a very sporadic census appearance until 1820; my CAUDLE family members don't appear in the census until 1850, there are no people of any color by that name in the census in that area since the 1790's, yet my ancestors indicate the names of their parents and that they were born in Warren Co.,NC in their marriage and later death records. And in 1870, a whole section of Warren Co. is missing in the census, groups of families just do not appear who are there in the census before & afterwards, and I have no idea what is up with that. There have been other families that I've found by doing page by page searches, but not these. So, who knows what was going on at the times that these census were being made nor what the reasons were for the missing families.
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