1900 Census -- Twelfth Census of the United States


Schedule 1 -- Populaion
State: Washington, D.C. -- Name of City: Washington City -- Township: District of Columbia
Supervisors District #1, Enumeration District #17, sheet #19A
Enumerated: 11th day of June, 1900, Harry H. Campbell, Enumerator


311 T Street, NW -- Dwelling #321, Family #357
Hay, Mary, Head, White, Female, born Apr 1849, age 51, Married for 30 years, mother of 4 children and 4 still living, born in Illinois, parents born in Ohio, Yes - can read, write and speak English, Own Home, Mortgaged, Home (not Farm)
---, Perry, Son, White, Male, born Dec 1871, age 28, Single, born in Illinois, father born in Indiana, mother born in Illinois, occupation: School teacher, months not employed: 3, Yes - can read, write and speak English
---, Fanny, Daughter, White, Female, born Jan 1876, age 24, Single, born in Iowa, father born in Indiana, mother born in Illinois, occupation: School teacher, months not employed: 3, Yes - can read, write and speak English
---, Robert, Son, Male, White, born Nov 1882, age 17,Single, born in Indiana, father born in Indiana, mother born in Illinois, occupation: at school, months attend school: 9, Yes - can read, write and speak English

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Notes: Oliver Perry Hay is in New York in 1900, working at the American Museum of Natural History, but cannot be found on the census; daughter Mamie cannot be found either (it is assumed Mamie is living in temporary quarters there with her father; she marries just nine days from now to John Minnick). Mary Emily probably waited to join Oliver in New York to make arrangements to sell the house.

William is using his middle name of Perry, which he often did (note that his father's 1900 letter addressed him as Perry). It surprised me to find the family in Washington at this time, since I had not realized they moved here for two years between Chicago and New York. After 13 years in Irvington, the family moved to Chicago in 1892, and then DC in 1898; Oliver Perry was listed in both the 1899 and 1900 DC directories. William Perry had moved to Washington in 1895 for his teaching job, while the rest of the family lived in Chicago. Although Oliver Perry, Mary Emily and Robert move to New York, Perry and Fanny stay in the DC area where they teach, but move to a different residence, probably with Robert, as he is listed at Central High School in 1902. Robert is known to have joined his parents in New York, probably in 1903, as his obituary states he attended business school there. Oliver Perry, Mary Emily and Robert move back from New York to DC in 1907; Mamie and her husband continue to reside in New York.

Note: there is no 1890 census; it was lost in a fire in DC

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