Okay, here’s something I’ve never seen noted on a census before.
I’ve been helping someone who contacted me asking for more info on her Wells family. While poking around ancestry.com, I came across this census record that may or may not be the man in question. She thinks that the Bart Wells listed on the 1880 Census for Olive Township, Meigs County Ohio is Russell Barton Wells son of Barton Wells and Nancy Barnhart. First of all, because this Fellow is much younger than the Russell we know of as the son of Barton and Nancy, this would only make sense if they had two sons names Russell. This could be true. I have no info on the “first” Russell beyond two census records. He could have died before this one was born. Putting that aside, this census says that this Bart Wells and his brother Charles are the grandchildren of George and Julia Congrove. Unless they were Nancy Barnhart’s parents that wouldn’t make sense and since George and Julia are about the same age, well, he’s obviously not her father.
Okay, now let’s get to the really strange notation on the census ….
Next to the list of children, 6 grandchildren and one great-grandchild it says “A generation of Bastards in one house.”
Huh? That’s very judgmental for a census. I’m not sure exactly who Bart and Charles Wells are. If anyone out there knows, I’d love to hear from you.
So have you seen any strange notations on a census before? Send me your stories and I’ll post them. I’d love to get a little collection of oddities like this going. You can send them to me at email@example.com
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