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Monday, February 15, 2010

Monday Madness ~ Wading Through the Census Looking for Hiram Lockwood

Wandering through the census reports on www.ancestry.com can be maddening but also very interesting.
Tonight I am searching and printing the census reports on my great great great grandfather Hiram Lockwood. He would be on my mother's side of the family.
I have that he was born about 1804 and that he married Emma Moiser.
They had four children... Ferdinand , Theodore ( John my great great grandfather) Isabelle and Frederic.
The later census reports tell me that he was born in New York and that both of his parents are from Connecuit.
Others believe his parents are John and Anna ( Polly ) Sturgis. I have not found this information as of yet so unproven to me.
I have found the 1820 census of Hillsdale, Columbia, New York a John Lockwood. Listed is 3 males under 10 ,3 males 10 to 16, 1 male 16 to 18, and 1 male 26 to 45.
Females are listed 2 females under 10, 1 females 10 to 16,1 female 16 to 26
and 1 female 26 to 45.That adds up to 11 children.
1840 census has Hiram Lockwood listed Hillsdale, Columbia , New York with 2 males under 5 and 1 male 30 to 40 and 1 male 50 to 60. Females are 1 between 20 and 30.
In the 1840 census 4 names away is a Polly Lockwood listed. Is this the Polly some believe is his mother? Listed under her name is 1 male 10 to 15, a male 15 to 20, and a male 30 to 40. Females listed are 1 at 15 to 20, 1 at 20 to 30, 1 listed 30 to 40 and 1 50 to 60 this would be Polly. This would make her husband having passed away between 1820 and 1840 census?
One interesting point is there is a male in Hiram 's house between 50 to 60 who is this?
So far the 1830 census has no John or Polly. I find 2 females with last name of Lockwood so need to do more searching for these family members. One is a Mary Lockwood and the other is Nancy Lockwood. Maybe Mary is Polly . She is listed between 40 and 50 years old and 8 people in her home.
Tonight is the beginning of my search for Hiram. It is a start and has been an interesting search. Time will tell what else I can find out about him and his parents.

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