1840 Census -- Sixth Census of the United States

NOTE: No individual enumeration; head only

State: Ohio
County: Fayette
Township: Madison
Schedule alloted to: Jacob Jamison
Page: 1

Sarah Vandola's household: 1 male 20-30, 1 female 12-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40, 1 female 70-80.
.....In McLean County, Illinois:
Jesse Stretch's household: 1 male 6-12, 2 males 15-20, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 60-70, 1 female 6-12, 1 female 12-15, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 50-60.
James Vandolah's household: 1 male under 6, 2 males 6-12, 1 male 30-40, 1 female 20-30.
Samuel Ogden's household: 2 males under 6, 1 male 12-15, 1 male 30-40, 2 females 6-12, 1 female 20-30.

actual 1840 OH census form - click on image for entire page
Sarah VanDolah, 73, is undoubtedly living with her daughter Mary Davis, 42 (listed as 30-40), who was just widowed for the second time last year -- especially since no separate entry can be found for Mary. Only two children are known of for Mary -- James who is 22 and a daughter Mary Jane who is 14, but it looks like there is another daughter in the home too, name unknown.

The last ten years must have been hard on Sarah -- most of her children and granchildren have moved to McLean, IL, with more to go soon. For having ten children, and fifty-six grandchildren, Sarah ended up with few of them living near by. Son James and his family moved seven years ago, and daughter Nancy Ogden and her family moved to McLean nine years ago to join their sister Elizabeth Stretch who moved there 10 years ago. And Sarah’s two Gilmore sons-in-law, William and John, also moved to McLean with her four grandchildren, just four years ago. Only Sarah’s four Gregory grandchildren are still in Fayette (Elizabeth married Joseph Howsmon three years ago, and Annis and Mary Jane just married this year, so only grandson John is still living with Adley Gregory) -- but Elizabeth, Annis and John move to McLean IL too in six years. The only other grandchildren still in Ohio are the three orphans of Peter, living in Cadiz (Harrison County) with their mother and step-father. Son Jesse, 38 also moved to McLean nine years ago, but it is not clear (especially without the individual enumeration) where he is today; he will marry Mary Ann Hadley in two years in Iowa. Interestingly, the Gilmore brothers were from Pickaway County, OH -- where our Britton line was from.

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