1860 Census -- Eighth Census of the United States


Schedule 1 -- Inhabitants
State: Illinois, County: McLean, Township: Town 26 N. R. 3 E., Post Office: Lexington
sheet #39
Enumerated: 14th day of July, 1860, Jonas Fell, Assistant Marshall


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Dwelling #241, Family #240
Joseph Howsmon, age 45, Male, Farmer, Value of real estate: $13,750, value of personal property: $15,750, born in Ohio
Elizabeth ", age 42, Female, born in Ohio
Jehiel ", age 19, Male, born in Ohio
William H. ", age 18, Male, born in Ohio
Elizabeth A. ", age 15, Female, born in Ohio
Isaac C. ", age 13, Male, born in Illinois
Mary E. " age 11, Female, born in Illinois
Harriet A. ", age 9, Female, born in Illinois
John J. ", age 6, Male, born in Illinois
Francis E. ", age 4, Female, born in Illinois
*** W. A. Stark, age 36, Male, Farmer, value of real estate: $3,500, value of personal property: $600, born in Ohio
*** Tidilia ", age 37, Female, born in Ohio
*** 5 children, ages 2-15, born in OH & IL


Notes: *** I think the Stark family is a separate household, since there is a valuation of his home; I think the enumerator just forgot to write in a new dwelling and family number (it even looks like this family was added later as the ink is definitely darker). The Howsmons have an EXTREMELY high valuation of their real estate and personal property. Jehiel and William will both be volunteering for the Union in the upcoming Civil Waróboth in 94 IL infantry, and both serving as chaplains. After the war is over, Joseph moves to Eureka IL so the children can go to college.

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