Thursday, January 31, 2013

William Sharp household, 1870 U.S. Census, Livingston Co., KY

This census enumeration follows about 9 months after the family moves to their newly acquired Kentucky property from their residence in Illinois. The 1870 U.S. census does not explicitly give the relationships between members of the household. The age recorded for William on line 12 is flagged as a probable recording error.  Here, is the extract of the William Sharp household, lines 12 to 18...

Page 175A
Line 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
1.Dwelling 313
2.Family 321
3.Name Sharp William - Delila -Perry C. -Charles B. -George A. -Ader B. - Agnes
4.Age 28* 45 19 17 14 9 7
5.Sex M F M M M F F
6.Color W W W W W W W
7.Occupation farmer keeping house farm laborer farm laborer farm laborer
8.Value of Real Estate 2500
9.Value of Personal Estate 500
10.Place of Birth Pennsylvania Kentucky Indiana Mississippi Illinois Illinois Illinois
11.Father of foreign born
12.Mother of foreign born
13.If born within the year, state month
14.If married within the year, state month
15.Attended school within the year
16.Education: cannot read
17.Education: cannot write
18.Whether deaf and dumb, blind, insane, idiotic, pauper, or convict
19.Male Citizens of U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards 1
20.Male Citizens of U.S. of 21 years of age and upwards where rights to vote is denied

Reference Note:

1870, US. census, Livingston County, Kentucky, population schedule, Carrsville Precinct No. 5, p. 175A (stamped), dwelling 313, family 321, William Sharp; digital image, ( : downloaded 15 November 2012); citing National Archives micro-film publication M593, roll 482.


From the census page, the enumeration date was 11 September 1870 and the enumerator was C.G. Halstead. The family members listed reflect who was present on 1 June 1870 according to the 1870 enumeration instructions. The two youngest children are noticeably absent from the household, Mary and William Jr. They were born in Illinois prior to the move to Kentucky. Perhaps they stayed with relatives while the new homestead was being prepared.

As noted above, William Sharp's age is given as 28 on line 12, column 4. It should be 57 or perhaps it was intended to be 58. William's place of birth was reported as New Jersey on the 1850 census but is given as Pennsylvania on this census.

Charles B. Sharp's birthplace is listed as Mississippi. He was born after Perry and after William and Delilah had left Rising Sun, Indiana. Perhaps Delilah stayed with some family in Mississippi while William established himself in Pope County, Illinois.