1820 Census -- Fourth Census of the United States

NOTE: No individual enumeration; head only

State: Ohio
County: Pickaway
Township: Deer Creek
Page: 3

Jesse Briten, 2 males under 10, 2 males 26-45, 1 male 45+, 4 females under 10, 2 females 10-16, 1 female 26-45, with 2 in agriculture.
James Dunlap's household: 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 26-45, 4 females under 10, 1 female 26-45, with 2 in agriculture.
William Britton's family: 1 male under 10, 1 male 10-16, 1 male 18-26, 1 male 26-45, 1 female under 10, 1 female 18-26, 1 female 26-45, with 2 in agriculture.
.....Madison County
William Howsmon's household: 2 males under 10, 2 males 10-16, 2 males 18-26, 1 male 26-45, 2 females under 10, 1 female 10-16, 1 female 26-45, with 3 in agriculture.

actual 1820 OH census - click on image for full page
Notes: This is the first census for the Britton family in 30 years. Jesse moved to Ohio from Winchester, VA about 13 years ago, with his second wife Susannah Noland and five children. Seven more children have been born in Ohio, with Susannah to have one more child: Carissa. Jesse is 61, Susannah is 38, and the children at home are: Joseph (~35), Jesse Jr (~27), Hiriam (supposedly 17 according to his tombstone, but enumerated here as under 10—the oldest child of Jesse and Susannah, Hiriam dies in September), Louisa ~13, Nancy 11, Margaret ~7, Susan ~5, Cynthia 3, Amanda 1 and newborn Harrison. It is assumed that son Jesse Jr is somehow infirm; he dies young, sometime in the next 10 years, he never marries, and only two men are working on the family farm—it is Jesse Jr who is not working. Daughters Abigail and Elizabeth, both by Ann Gibson, are married—Abigail Howsmon lives in Madison County OH with her seven children, and Elizabeth Dunlap lives nearby in Pickaway with six children. But curiously, daughter Letitia cannot be located, even though she does not get married for six years. Also curiously, she gets married in Ross County, Ohio, and in a biography of Wyandot County, is said to have been from Chillicothe. I can find no Brittons in Ross County (Chillicothe) in 1820, but three Britton families have Chillicothe connections: Virginia Joseph Britton’s (relation unsure) 1832 revolutionary war pension application mentioned he spent five years in Chillicothe before returning to Virginia, and cousin Elijah Britton’s (with whom Jesse fought in the Revolution) brother Nathan moved to Chillicothe and Elijah himself died in Ross in 1918 (but his children are in Champaign OH now). William and Abigail Britton Howsmon also lived first in Ross from 1807-1813 before moving to Madison. The William Britton in Pickaway is the son of Jesse’s cousin Nathaniel Britton (with whom Jesse fought in the Revolution); perhaps Letitia lives here? Jesse is not on the 1787 Frederick, VA tax roll, but is on the Bucks PA 1790 census. Jesse’s children Joseph (born ~1785) and Elizabeth (born ~1790) both answered Virginia as their birthplaces on the 1850 and 1860 census; Letitia (born ~1787) answered Pennsylvania on both. I am always so surprised to find out how much our ancestral families moved, especially with so many young children.

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Note: in old-fashioned script, a double s, as in Jesse, was written as a fs and looks somewhat like a p.

No 1800 census remains for Virginia, and no 1810 for Ohio.

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