1840 Census -- Sixth Census of the United States

NOTE: No individual enumeration; head only

State: Ohio
County: Madison
Township: Range
Pages: 1, 3
Enumerated: John McMullan, Asst Marshall

Wm Housman's household: 1 male 20-30, 1 male 60-70, 1 female under 6, 1 female 15-20, Total of 4 people, 2 in agriculture
Joseph Housman's household: 1 male 20-30, 1 female under 6, 1 female 20-30. Total of 3, with 1 employed in agriculture.
John Britton's household: 2 males under 6, 4 males 6-12, 1 male 50-60, 1 female 6-12, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 30-40, Total of 10, 1 in agriculture
John Byers' household: 1 male under 6, 1 male 20-30, 1 female 6-12, 1 female 20-30, Total of 4, 1 in agriculture.
Isaac F. Houseman's household: 1 male under 6, 1 male 6-12, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 6, 1 female 6-12, 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, Total of 7, 1 in agriculture.
John B. Houseman's household: 1 male under 6, 1 male 6-12, 1 male 30-40, 2 females under 6, 1 female 20-30, Total of 6, 1 in agriculture.
......Union Township (Madison County)
David Rayburn's household: 2 males under 6, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 6, 1 female 20-30.

actual 1840 OH census form - click on image for full page
Notes: Abigail Britton Howsmon died in 1831, at age 48. William (57) has already married Frances Wrenn (in 1833), but curiously she is not listed here in 1840, but she does show up on the 1850 census (I believe this census is incorrect, as they had a son Jacob born in 1834 -- perhaps she is taking care of a sick relative at the time of this census). The 20 year old son is James, who will die in 1849 (pneumonia, after swimming). The girl under six is adopted 2-year old daughter Loraine (daughter of A & W Byers), adopted after Frances’ son Jacob Wrenn Howsmon died in 1835. In 1850 Loraine (12) is living with whom I assume is her sister, 18-year old Barbara Baker. I assume Loraine stays with William and Frances for most of the next 10 years. William’s daughter Martha is 18.

Son Joseph (25) and his wife Elizabeth Gregory (23) live next door. Married three years ago in 1837, their daughter Sarah was born in 1838 and Elizabeth is pregnant with Jehiel now; they move to IL in 1846. Also next door is son-in-law John Britton, married to William and Abigail’s oldest daughter Lettitia (age 36, married 20 years!) with their seven children—probably four of whom had been born before Abigail died—the only grandchildren she knew. Daughter Frances Byers (22) lives next door; also nearby are sons Isaac (30) and John (32), and daughter Mary Rayburn (28—Union twp), with their families. William’s siblings live near by too.

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