1830 Census -- Fifth Census of the United States

NOTE: No individual enumeration; head only

State: Ohio
County: Fayette
Township: Madison
Page: 11

Sarah Vandolah's household: 2 males 20-30, 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 50-60
Jesse Stretch's household: 2 males 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 50-60, 2 females under 5, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 40-50.
Samuel Ogden's household: 1 male under 5, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 20-30.
(James Davis' household not located)

actual 1830 OH census form - click on image for entire page
Sarah is 63 (although she is enumerated as 50-60), and has two sons at home: Jesse 28 and James 22. It is unknown who the two young girls are. The last 10 years have been brutal for Sarah—she lost five of her 10 children, and they left behind eleven orphaned grandchildren. I cannot imagine the pain of VanDolah losses in 1822-1824. Son Peter left two boys and a girl, Sarah Gregory left three girls and a boy (perhaps Sarah VanDolah took care of two of these granddaughters parttime, since they were in Madison too?), Adah Gilmore left two boys and a girl, and only one daughter is known for Rebecca. Gilmore. Perhaps there were two daughters for Rebecca, and perhaps these are the two young girls enumerated here (granddaughter Amanda would be about 7 and Rebecca was the last of the four children to die, circa 1824, so she would be the most likely to leave an orphan now under age 5), and furthermore, no enumeration for Rebecca’s husband John Gilmore can be found in Madison. It is even possible that one of the 20-30 year old males is John Gilmore, and Jesse or James VanDolah is elsewhere.

To make matters worse, Sarah’s remaining children and grandchildren almost all move to IL, starting with her oldest daughter Elizabeth Stretch this fall. Nancy Ogden was just married in November of 1829—this enumeration must have been taken in the fall of 1830, since their first child is already listed. Nancy Odgen moves to Illinois next year. Jesse, not yet married, also moves to Illinois in 1831. James marries in 1832 and moves to Illinois the fall of 1835. Only daughter Mary Davis, who cannot be found on this census, remains in Ohio, and will live with Sarah for the rest of her life. There are 46 James Davis families in Ohio in 1830, but none in Fayette—so it is unknown where Mary Jane is with son James Stout (12) and daughter Mary Jane Davis 4.

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