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Re: Could this be Will HAWKINS in 1900?
In Response To: Could this be Will HAWKINS in 1900? ()
I looked at everything and could not find a Will Hawkins in the 1900 census that matched either. However I do not think that the Will/Wilks Hawkins of Putnam county is your Will but I am just guessing at that conclusion. I would go with 1880/81 as the date of birth for Will because of the 1920 census puts his age at 39 and the WWI database puts him at being born in 1880 as well. It is not unusual for people to be missed in the census. In my case, I could not find my gggrandfather in the 1870 census but I did find him in the 1867 and 1870 tax records. So, I want to encourage you to go beyond the census. Try to look for court records, tax records and also voting records. Before Jim Crow came around, afro-americans were allowed to register to vote.
So, the census records are not the end of it all, however they are just the beginning of your search.
I would say that he was in Elbert county in 1900 because George was in Elbert County in 1900. It maybe, that he was working away from home and was missed in the census. He was about 20 in 1900. The key to it would be to find out if Minnie was his first wife or second or if he was single in 1900.
It is kinda hard to connect the dots when you have someone born between the 1880 and 1900 census because if the parents were missed in 1880 and then they were missed in 1900, it is a challenge to find them.
Just dont forget about the half dozen other records out there such as death records, tax records, voter records, and court records that you maybe able to get info from.