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Re: FOUND - FPOC+Washington Co. PA Census

Judy wrote:

"I knew the exact age of Roger and Molly when they were manumitted in 1808 so I knew where they HAD to be found in the 1840 and 1830 Census. An exact age is not given but, in this case, it was not necessary as long as they fit into the right age range. Only one possible Roger and only one possible Molly living next door.

I am happy I found them after worrying and wondering all these years. Judy"
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Hello Judy,

This is the first response I've seen. If an earlier one was sent then I missed it. ;)

Your explanation on having an age at the date of manumission is the answer and shows how you've made 'good' use of multiple records surrounding a possible birth date/year as regards Census records. You also caused me to have one of those DUH!!! moments.

I have had the date of death for a 3rd great-grandfather, 4 Apr 1864 from his grave marker, which also states age 79y 10m 22d. Using the date calculator in my genealogy program his birthdate computes to a birth date of 11 May 1784.

His manumission paper is dated 15 Mar 1813, so he would have been 28y 10m 4d at that time. The manumission paper also states the date when his 3 children born while he was still enslaved are to be freed. My guess is the dates given for the children are birthdates and the year they reach the age of maturity, probably 21.

Thanks for making me do a little work and use 'all' of the tools available in determining his age at various points in his lifetime. Congratulations on your find and your resourcefulness.

Art Thomas
http://artthomasfamily.tribalpages.com/


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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