1840 Census -- Sixth Census of the United States

NOTE: No individual enumeration; head only

State: Indiana
County: Clark
Pages: 479, 485
Enumerated: John S. Simpson

Abner Maiden's household: 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 15-20, 1 male 60-70, 1 female under 5 and 1 female 20-30.
John Maiden's household: 1 male under 5, 1 male 30-40, 2 females 5-10, 1 female 20-30.

portion of actual census form - click on image for Abner's full page
Without individual enumeration, I cannot be sure of the identity of this older male. However, I do feel it is almost certain to be Abner's father for two main reasons: first, Abner was living at home with his parents in 1830, and thus it is likely that he and his new wife stayed in that home; second, while Margaret's father lives to 1861, he would be 45 in 1840 and Andrew would be 65 -- her father is too young to be the 60-70 year old male, and he is enumerated as John Goben, while Andrew is the right age and had no enumeration in his name.

Andrew's son John Maiden must have died by 1839 as his wife Malinda had remarried Levi Johnson by that date -- they had had three children: Sarah who would now be 6, Samuel 3 and John 1 as of 1840 -- curious that this John Maiden almost exactly matches, and no Levi Johnson was found nearby (only in Fountain, Hendricks, Parke and Putnam -- not clear where Malinda and the children are). In 1840, Abner 29 and Margaret Ann Goben 24 have been married for seven years, and have a daughter America, age 3, and a son John, age 5. The other male is unknown and does not show up on the 1850 census, so is probably a child who died young.

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