1820 Census -- Fourth Census of the United States

NOTE: No individual enumeration; head only

State: Ohio
County: Madison
Township: Range
Page: 1, 3

Jacob Howsmon's household: 1 male 18-26, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 10-16, 2 females 16-26, 1 female 26-45 and 1 female 45+, with 2 in agriculture.
Isaac Howsmon's household: 1 male under 10, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 26-45, with 1 in agriculture.
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, female 26-45, with a total of 3 in agriculture.

actual 1820 OH census - click on image for full page
This is the first census available in Ohio, the 1810 census having been lost in fires, and John Howsmon died two years ago at age 62. The Howsmons moved to Ross County, Ohio from Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia 16 years ago in about 1804, traveling in a covered wagon with Martha knitting socks for the children. Some of the girls rode horseback on the trail through MD and PA—the trail that became National Road. In 1812 the family moved to Madison County, and the sisters again rode horseback, and remember picking weeping willow twigs for whips, and then planting them upon arrival along Mud Run where those little twigs grew to large trees.

In 1820, the home is enumerated in the name of the oldest son at home -— Jacob age 25 —- with the other family members being John’s widow Martha Frost Howsmon (age 61), and her unmarried daughters Frances (35), Hannah (23), Margaret (17) and Martha (14). Son Abraham died in the War of 1812 at age 25, and son Samuel supposedly just died last year at age 19, but perhaps this is in error, as it looks like Samuel is enumerated above (perhaps he died in 1820 instead of 1819). Isaac (30) married last year and lives near by, as do the other two married children, William (37) and Mary Reeves (29) with their families. Margaret and Martha will get married in the next four years, while Frances, Jacob, and Hannah never marry and live with their siblings all their lives. William (37) and Abigail (37) Britton Howsmon have had eight children, with son William dying a month after his birth in 1813. The children at home are Letticia 16, John 13, Isaac 11, Mary 8, Joseph 5, Frances 1 and newborn James. There are two extra teenage boys, 18-26, whom I believe to be William’s younger brothers: Samuel (20) and John (~18).

(Census for Virginia in 1790 and 1800, and for Ohio in 1810, is lost)

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