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[NJ] Roberts-Doremus-Jones-Skidmore & related families

Roberts-Doremus-Jones-Skidmore family census data

1860 address: Westfield Township, Union County, NJ
*Dreamers, Selvestus (Sylvester Doremus)—black, 21, farm laborer, b. NJ (Simeon/Simon Aaron home)
Dreamers, Jane A. (Jane A. Doremus)—black, 27, servant, b. NJ (Simeon/Simon Aaron household)

1860 address: Ward 9, Newark, Essex County, NJ
Doremus, Jane—mulatto, 49, widow, $100 personal estate, b. NJ
Houseman, Julia—mulatto, 24, dressmaker, b. NJ
Doremus, Titus—mulatto, 19, waiter, b. NJ
Freeman, Mecker—female, mulatto, 81, no occupation, b. NJ

1870 address: Ward 1, Rahway, Union County, NJ
*Doremus, Sylvester—black, 33, no occupation listed, b. NJ
Doremus, Elizabeth—black, 37, washwoman, b. MD

1870 address: Ward 9, Newark, Essex County, NJ
Doremus, Jane—black, 49, no occupation listed, b. NJ (with Francis and Julia King, b. Portugal/NJ)

1870 address Oxford, Granville County, NC (all born in NC)
Schidmore (Skidmore), J.A. (James) black, boot and shoe maker, 53, b. 1817
Schidmore (Skidmore), Jane, black, 45, keeping house, b. 1827
Schidmore (Skidmore), Jennie L.—black, 19, keeping house, b. 1851
Schidmore (Skidmore), Peggy—black, 10, at school? b. 1860
Schidmore (Skidmore), Lelia—black, 1, b. 1869

1870 address, Friars Point, Coahoma, MS
Skidmore, Ferry—black, 30, farm hand, b. NC
1880 address: Ward 4, Rahway, Union County, NJ
*Doremus, Sylvester—black, 43, married, gardener, b. NJ, parents, b. NJ (John H. Edgar home—Thorn St)
Doremus, Elizabeth—black, 30, married, cooks in hotel, b. 1850 MD, parents b. MD (George Suphen/Sutphen household—Elizabeth St)
Doremus, Edward—black, 9, no occupation, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/MD (with George Suphen/Sutphen—Elizabeth Street)

1880 address: Newark, Essex County, NJ
Doremus, Jane—other, black, 50, widowed, servant, b. NJ, parents b. NJ (employer: lawyer A.S. Hubbell)

1880 address: Clarksville, Mecklenburg County, VA (all born in VA)
Jones, Erasmus—head, black, 42, married, laborer
Jones, Sarah—wife, black, 37, married, keeps house
Jones, James—son, black, 18, laborer
Jones, Henry—son, black, 16, laborer
Jones, Charles—son, black, 14, laborer
Jones, Lelia—daughter, black, 8
Jones, Peter—son, black, 3
Jones, Rosa—daughter, black, 1

1880 address: Oxford, Granville County, NC (all born in NC)
Skidmore, Ferry—head, black, 37, married, baker
Skidmore, Jenny L.—wife, black, 24, married, keeps house
Skidmore, Lelia—daughter, black, 10, single
Skidmore, Ferrebee—daughter, black, 9, single
Skidmore, Annie—daughter, black, 7, single
Skidmore, James—son, black, 6, single
Skidmore, Mary—daughter, black, 4, single
Skidmore, Abraham—son, black, 2, single
Skidmore, Jane—daughter, black, 2 months
Skidmore, James A. L.—father, black, 64, widowed, shoemaker

1900 address: 19 Newton Street, Ward 2, Rahway, Union County, NJ
Roberts, Sylvester—head of household, black, 70, b. Mar 1830, married 20 yrs, laborer, felt? mill, b. NJ, parents b. NJ
Roberts, Katie M.K.—wife, black, 42, b. Aug 1857, married 20 yrs, b. PA, parents b. PA
Roberts, Harry E.—son, male, black, 19, b. Oct 1880, single, printer, b. NY, parents b. NJ/PA
Roberts, Florence—daughter, black, 10, b. July 1890, single, at school, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/PA
Roberts, Frederick—son, black, 7, b. Dec 1892, single, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/PA

1900 address: Lyons, Orangeburg, SC
Skidmore, Ferry—car hand, black, widowed, 57, b. Dec 1842, railroad cook, b. NC, parents b. NC

1900 address: Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, NJ
Jones, James—head, black, 39, b. Mar 1861, married 12 yrs, farm laborer, b. VA, parents b. VA
Jones, Leila (Lelia Skidmore)—wife, black, 31, b. Dec 1868, married 12 yrs, b. NC, par b. NC
Jones, Hattie—daughter, black, 11, b. May 1889, single, at school, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, James H.—son, black, 9, b. Mar 1891, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Anna M. (named for Anna Skidmore Jordan?)—daughter, black, 6, b. July 1895, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Robert E. (Robert L.?)—son, black, 4, b. 1896, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, William A.—son, black, 2, b. Aug 1898, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Jennie E.—daughter, black, 11 months, b. June 1899, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Peter—brother, black, 24, b. Apr 1876, single, farm laborer, b. VA, parents b. VA
Jordan, Arthur—nephew, black, 2, b. Oct 1897, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC

1900 address: Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, NJ
Jordan, Joseph—head, black, 30, b. Dec 1869, married 10 yrs, farm laborer, b. VA, parents b. VA
Jordan, Anna (Annie Skidmore?)—wife, 30, b. Aug 1869, married 10 yrs, b. VA, parents b. VA
Skidmore, Edley—other, 16, b. Aug 1883, single, farm laborer, b. VA, parents b. PA/VA
Jordan, Joseph Jr.—son, 6, Mar 1894, b. NJ, parents b. VA
Jordan, Bell—daughter, 4, b. Dec 1895, b. NJ, parents b. VA
Jordan, Sarah—daughter, 1, b. June 1899, b. NJ, parents b. VA
Skidmore, Sarah (Jennie?)—mother-in-law, 50, b. Apr 1850, widow, housekeeper, b. VA, parents b. VA

1910 address: Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, NJ (next to Skidmore/Jordan)
Jones, James—head, black, 48, 1st marriage, married 22 yrs, farm laborer, b. VA, parents b. VA
Jones, Lelia (Skidmore)—wife, black, 40, 1st marriage, married 22 yrs, b. NC, parents b. NC
Jones, Robert L. (Robert E.?)—son, black, 16, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Albert (William A.?)—son, black, 14, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Jennie—daughter, black, 11, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Josephine—daughter, black, 4, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC
Jones, Vera B. (Ferrebee?)—daughter, black, 1, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA/NC

1910 address: Hillsborough Township, Somerset County, NJ (next to Jones household)
Skidmore, Jennie—head, black, 58, widowed, no occupation, b. NC, parents b. NC
Jordan, Joseph—boarder, black, 43, widowed, farm laborer, b. VA, parents b. VA
Jordan, Arthur—boarder, black, 13, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA
Jordan, Leira (Lelia?—named for Lelia Skidmore Jones?)—boarder, black, 11, single, b. NJ, parents b. VA

1910 address: 35 & 19 Newton Street, Ward 2, Rahway, Union County, NJ
Roberts, Harry A.—head, black, 26, 1st marriage, stock room, publishing house, b. NY, par b. PA
Roberts, Hattie (Jones)—wife, black, 20, 1st marriage, no occupation, b. NC, parents b. NC
Jones, James H.—brother-in-law, black, 18, single, publishing house worker, b. NJ, parents b. NC
Darennus, Catharine (Katherine Doremus)—head, black, 58, widow, washer woman, b. PA, par b. PA
Darennus (Doremus), Florence—daughter, black, 33, single, servant, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/PA
Darennus (Doremus), Frederick—nephew, black, 17, single, servant, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/PA

1920 address: 70 Waverly Avenue, Ward 3, Newark, Essex County, NJ
Roberts, Harry—head, black, 37, married, chauffeur, factory, b. NY, parents b. PA
Roberts, Hattie (Jones)—wife, black, 30, married, leather? worker, factory, b. NC, parents b. NC
Jones, Albert (William A.?)—brother-in-law, black, 22, single, laborer, factory, b. NJ, parents b. NC
Jordan, Arthur—cousin, black, 22, single, laborer, factory, b. NJ, parents b. NC

1920 address: 19 Newton Street, Ward 2, Rahway, Union County, NJ
Deremus (Doremus), Katherine—head, black, 65, widow, laundress, house, b. PA, parents b. PA
Deremus (Doremus), Fred—nephew, black, 26, laborer, factory, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/PA
Roberts, Harry—grandson, black, 9, no occupation, b. NJ, parents b. NJ
Roberts, Katherine—granddaughter, black, 7, no occupation, b. NJ, parents b. NJ
Holden, Florence—daughter, black, 30, married, no occupation, b. NJ, parents b. NJ/PA

1930 address: Hillsborough, Somerset County, NJ (neighboring households)
Jones, James—head, black, 74, b. 1856 NC
Jones, Lelia—wife, black, 69, b. 1861 VA
Morgan, Ferbie (named for Lelia’s sister Ferrebee?)—daughter, black, 21, b. 1909 NJ
Morgan, Phillip—son-in-law, black, 23, b. 1907
Morgan, Dorothy—granddaughter, black, b. 1928
Jones, Marion—granddaughter, black, 9, b. 1921
Jones, Doris—grandson, black, 8, b. 1922
Eason, Albe—grandson, black, 6, b. 1924
Eason, Clarence—grandson, black, 4, b. 1926
Skidmore, Jennie—head, black, 74, b. 1856 NC
Jordan, Joseph—son-in-law, black, 65, b. 1865 VA

Military record:
*Sylvester Doremus
Place of birth—England
Complexion—Colored
Age—30
Occupation—basketmaker/laborer
Height—4’11”
Naval Service
Place of Enlistment—New York
Term of Enlistment—3 years
Rating [rank]—Landsman
Detailed Muster Records
Date & Vessel
Sept 30, 1864 Minnesota
Mar 21, 1867 Albemarle
June 30, 1865 Albemarle

*Sylvester Doremus, b. Scotland, also listed on roster of USS Agawam, March 1864-April 1865

Doremus in New Jersey--The first African Americans with this surname possibly worked for a family of Dutch origin (DeRiemer, DeRhemis, D’Oremus) that arrived in New York and New Jersey from Holland (Netherlands) as early as the 1700s. Some New Jersey residents identified as “black” and “mulatto” in early census rolls may be related to Euro-American Doremus families. In Union and Essex counties, Jane, Titus, Sylvester, Elizabeth, and Edward Doremus lived at different times with Afro-American Aaron, Edgar, and King families; or as employees of Euro-American Suphen (Sutphen, Sutphin), and Hubbell families. The relationship between the Roberts and Doremus families remains somewhat obscure. Katherine Doremus (1920 census) apparently is also Katie Roberts (1900 census): wife of Sylvester Roberts; mother of Harry, Florence, and Frederick Roberts; grandmother of Harry and Katherine Roberts. Parents of Katherine’s nephew Fred Doremus are unknown. Is it possible that Fred Doremus (b. 1894) and Frederick Roberts (b. 1892) are the same person, possibly Katherine’s stepson rather than nephew? Sylvester Roberts and/or Katie Roberts (Katherine Doremus) may be related to Sylvester Doremus. Sylvester Roberts was counted as a black head of household in a single census year, 1900, when he was already 70 years old. The last available census that includes Sylvester, Elizabeth and Edward Doremus is 1880. (1890 census rolls were destroyed in a fire.)


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